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What is music therapy?

Music TherapyWhilst doing my daily round of my favourite websites this morning I stumbled upon this interesting article on music therapy on The Conversation. It traverses the history of music therapy, how music can trigger an endorphin release and how music therapy can be used in the treatment of neurorehabilitation, dementia and children.

If you get the chance, it’s definitely worth a read.

Defining music therapy is challenging because the practice is so diverse; but the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) uses the following definition:

“Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.”

Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university-trained professional who is registered with the AMTA.

Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice. They incorporate a range of music-making methods within a therapeutic relationship and are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.

Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing, and music therapists work with people of any age and ability, culture or background.

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