Benefits

HOW MUSIC THERAPY HELPS

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY?

"Music Therapy enables (our service users) to have an outlet for their fears, anxieties or for their issues of control to be challenged. It is an essential part of the multi-agency approach that we deliver."    Assistant Head, Springfield House Community Special School

Some of the expected outcomes of music therapy include:
  • developing through musical (non-verbal) and verbal interaction with others an enhanced awareness of self
  • offering opportunities for individuals to share their feelings 
  • development in physical, sensory and cognitive skills
  • positive changes in mood and emotional well-being
  • improved concentration and attention span
  • increases in self-confidence, self-esteem, personal insight and motivation
  • development of independence and decision-making skills
  • enjoyment and improvement in quality of life
  • providing a relaxed environment for group settings which can enable better social interactions with others
In addition, Music Therapy sessions can support the use of skills such as:
  • active, improvised music making (using both instruments and voice)
  • listening
  • use of both gross and fine motor movements
  • sequential memory and recall of information
  • self-management of behaviour
  • reduction in self-harm
When working with adults with dementia, MT has also been shown to impact both in the moment and in a lasting way. MT impacts the following areas:
  • Psychosocial
  • Neurological
  • Behavioural
  • Physiological
It can be an effective non-pharmicalogical approach to reduce anxiety and agitation. 

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