What is music therapy?
Music therapy is the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and well-being.
Music therapy differs from musical entertainment or music education in that it uses music to achieve specific outcomes.
In babies and toddlers musical interactions are used to enhance and develop socialisation, communication, self- expression, and sensory-motor skills.
What is a music therapist?
A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is a proficient musician who has completed an accredited university course in applying music as a therapy.
They have studied all aspects of music performance, history and theory, in addition to psychology, physiology, social theory and models of therapeutic intervention.
RMTs work with a range of clients including young children in hospitals, early intervention facilities and in private practice.
RMTs are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc (AMTA Inc) and are bound by the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the AMTA Inc.