Music therapists provide therapeutic programmes through the planned and controlled use of music to help people of all ages, including those with special needs because of social, emotional, psychiatric, physical or intellectual impairments.
Duties & Tasks
Music therapists may perform the following tasks:
- assess individuals and groups to identify abilities and needs, and develop objectives that address client's needs
- plan and carry out specific music-making activities to address the client's needs and concerns, such as singing, moving to music, reflective music listening, playing music, music and drama, improvisation, song writing and other creative activities
- assess, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the musical and therapeutic interactions.
Music therapists require a large repertoire of popular songs relevant to all age groups, and the ability to explore, interpret and develop the creative use of sound. Music therapists work with children and adults in individual and group settings.
- an appreciation for a wide range of music styles
- high level of musical ability
- able to respect and relate to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.