In the UK, the basis for acceptance onto a music therapy training course is a high level of musicianship; generally, students will already have a music degree or equivalent diploma from a college of music or university. They will also be able to improvise freely in their instrument, demonstrating a high level of musicianship.
Students with degrees in subjects other than music, e.g. education or psychology, may be accepted if they have achieved a high standard of musical performance. Assessment of personality and suitability for the work also forms part of an interview.
The training consists of music studies, medical studies, counselling and psychological studies and child development. Practical work in the form of placements is also used to give the student experience of good working practice with different client groups.
Music therapy students are expected to under go their own therapy whether personal music therapy, psychotherapy or similar.
Once fully qualified, music therapists must participate in ongoing clinical supervision. Music therapy is state registered as a profession allied to the medicine field and monitored by the Health and Care Professions Council to ensure Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Unfortunately, we cannot respond individually to enquiries regarding work opportunities, volunteering, work placement or music therapy career / training. Also, the confidential and sensitive nature of the work means it is not possible to allow observation of clinical sessions.
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