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  • Writer's pictureJessica Sinclair

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is a blossoming therapeutic intervention here in Ireland! But in case your new to the practice, here's a little bit more information.

Music Therapy is an evidence-based clinical practice where music is used within a therapeutic relationship to help improve a client's overall quality of life. Music Therapists help people who have been affected by injury, illness or disability by using music to support their social, emotional, psychological, cognitive, communicative or physical needs. Each individual is supported in strengthening their own personal abilities, which in turns transfers out of the music therapy room and into all area of their lives.

The therapeutic relationship that develops between client and therapist is central to how Music Therapy works. This is developed over time through engagement in live musical interaction and play. Contrary to what you might think, no previous experience of playing music is necessary. It's the therapist's job to attune to your needs and work alongside you at a pace that feels comfortable for you. The therapist will support each client in creating their own unique musical language through which they can express themselves and connect with the world around them.

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