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Tapping into the healing power of music

Music therapy sessions focus on communication using sound created with instruments and voice. Using non-linguistic methods to communicate is often helpful for those with limited verbal expression, mental health issues, behavioural problems or those with dementia or other degenerative conditions. It can aid independence and lead to increased participation and engagement in learning and daily activities, increased resilience and emotional well being, decreased anxious and aggressive behaviours and even reduced medication use.The therapist will encourage communication and creative expression through music and song to help clients reach their goals.

Music therapy at Cambridgeshire Music

Our music therapists work with individuals or groups. Sessions are provided weekly for between 30 and 45 minutes with additional time for the therapist to keep clinical notes and liaise with other professionals and family as required. Therapists assess need, design and deliver the programme and provide parent and staff support and liaison. They contribute to professional consultation and report writing for assessment and review processes and manage discharge processes at the end of the therapy.

Our therapists work with parents, carers and professionals to share skills and support consistency and follow-up outside sessions. Additionally providing consultations and support for school engagement and mental health issues in schools, including models of attachment and systemic work.

Our therapists are all fully qualified HCPC registered and have full enhanced DBS checks. Therapists may also have additional training including: Attachment, Systemic, Mental Health, VIG, Counselling, Consultancy, Risk Assessment and Fundraising.

Several of our music therapists are researchers and have completed PhD's and are published in and editors of, several music therapy books, articles and journals (Music Therapy in Schools [2012], Flute, Accordion or Clarinet [2015], Music Therapy in Children's Hospices [2005])

Cambridgeshire Music also offer music therapy placements to first and second year Masters students. The students are supervised by experienced supervisors within our team and the University to ensure their work is safe and professional and that the clients and students are fully supported throughout their placement.

To find out more about music therapy or if you have any questions please get in touch or visit the British Association of Music Therapy website


Five things you might not know about music therapy:

Music therapy originated in Veterans hospitals the World Wars.
A baby and parent communicating through sound rather than words is a similar process to music therapy conversation.
People of all ages can benefit from music therapy.
It stimulates parts of the brain responsible for physical and mental functions and is often used when verbal communication is constrained. are limited.
You don’t need to be musical or play an instrument to benefit.

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“I think Music Therapy is helping him to understand happy and sad and how he should respond to those feelings in himself and other people.”

– a boy with autism about 6 years old.


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