Cost: £44.10 per hour
HMS provides music therapy as part of its wide range of opportunities for all young people in the county.
Music Therapy is one of the Creative Arts Psychotherapies and therapists work through the formation of a trusting musical relationship with the pupil.
It is like counselling, except that music is the main way of communicating. Sessions are therefore confidential but we do write assessments and other reports for EHCPs of a general nature where appropriate.
Music Therapists work with young people experiencing a range of difficulties, which might include:
- Learning difficulties
- Communication difficulties
- Emotional difficulties
- Attachment issues
- Behavioural difficulties
- Loss and bereavement
- Distressing, traumatic experiences
- Physical or co-ordination problems
Music Therapy is especially valuable for young people who have difficulties with verbal communication or who might not feel comfortable using counselling sessions.
What does a music therapist do?
A music therapist forms a musical relationship with a young person through improvised music making. A variety of musical instruments is available in the room, such as drums, cymbals, xylophones, usually a piano and guitar, and maybe some smaller instruments such as tambourines, shakers and bells. The therapist will also usually sing. The pupil will be supported to make music through which they can express themselves.
Will students learn musical skills?
The role of the music therapist is to form a musical relationship with the young person, rather than teach musical skills. However, improvised music making forms an essential part of this process and students usually gain confidence and improved co-ordination, listening and rhythmic skills - all essential musical skills.
Who are music therapists?
Music therapists are professionally qualified, and state registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, which ensures that they are competent to practise. They are experienced in working in educationwith children and young people and have all been through thorough pre-employment checks including the DBS.
How long will the music therapy sessions last?
An hour is allowed for each session with about 30 – 40 minutes of actual contact time, depending on the age of the young person. It takes time to form a therapeutic trusting relationship with a pupil, especially if they have a number of difficulties, so the therapist would usually expect to work with them for a minimum of two terms and possibly for over a year.
If you would like to discuss your requirements for music therapy, please visit our music therapy page online or contact us for more information.