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Music therapy at Cambridgeshire Music launched in 1995 and today we run one of the largest teams of music therapists in the country. Dozens of specialist music therapists work in special schools, mainstream schools, units attached to schools and children’s centres across Cambridgeshire, and we see hundreds of people a year.
Music therapy sessions focus on communication using sound – made on instruments and with the voice. Non-linguistic communication is often helpful for those with limited verbal expression, mental health issues, behavioural problems or those with dementia or other degenerative conditions. Sessions can be for groups or for individuals.
Music Therapy 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.
Our therapists work with parents, carers and professionals to share skills and support consistency and follow-up outside sessions. We also provide consultations and support for school engagement and mental health issues in schools, including models of attachment and systemic work.
Music therapists are trained to Masters degree level and are registered by the Health Professions Council, with 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, such as ‘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.
1. Music therapy originated in Veterans hospitals after World Wars I and II, when local musicians played for traumatised veterans in hospitals with very positive results.
2. An interesting way to understand music therapy is to think of a baby and parent having a conversation through sound rather than words to support self-awareness, relationship, development and change.
3. People of all ages can benefit from music therapy. It works by stimulating parts of the brain responsible for physical and mental functions.
4. It is often used when verbal skills are limited due to physical or learning disability, or where clients are unable to make use of a verbal therapy due to emotional distress.
5. You don’t need to be musical or play an instrument to benefit.
To learn more about Music therapy please contact us or visit the British Association of Music Therapy bamt.org.uk