The ability to respond to sound and music is an inborn quality in all human beings. Pulse and rhythm are found in the heartbeat, in breathing and movement. Pitch and rhythm give the voice expressive and communicative qualities.
This inborn responsiveness to music exists regardless of disability, injury, illness or circumstances and is not dependent on musical training or background. It is out of this innate responsiveness to music that music therapy arises.
In music therapy sessions, each person experiences music improvised uniquely with and for them. They interact and communicate musically, expressing themselves in whatever way they can - using their body, voice or musical instruments. Music therapy focuses on the client's strengths, which can make it a particularly engaging and motivating experience.
Music therapy can reduce a sense of isolation, help develop new skills that can be transferred to other aspects of life and create new possibilities for participation in the world.
Through music therapy, people of all ages are able to make huge gains, such as
- improving motor skills and speech,
- growing their self-confidence and self-awareness,
- strengthening social skills,
- improving memory, behaviour, and concentration.