Music Therapy

Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.

-Australian Music Therapy Association
What is Music Therapy?

“Music Therapy is a rational discipline which adds to music a new dimension, binding together art, science and compassion.”

-Juliette Alvin

What are the goals in Music Therapy?

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Balance
  • Pain management
  • Increase physical independence
  • Increase mobility
  • Improve respiratory control
  • Emotional regulation
  • Memory
  • Improve attention
  • Increase motivation
  • Impulse control
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Self-expression
  • Provide support for mental health
  • Choice and control
  • Processing grief and loss
  • Provide support for mental illness
  • Improve general wellbeing
  • Communication
  • Social awareness
  • Social understanding
  • Improve relationships
  • Increase sense of belonging
  • Develop community connections

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears- it’s a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more-it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”

-Oliver Sacks

What are the benefits of Music Therapy?

  • Music is engaging
  • Help with completing everyday activities
  • Provide opportunities for self-expression
  • Improve communication
  • Enhance resilience
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve confidence
  • Learn valuable skills
  • Provide education on healthy uses of music
  • Reduce stress
  • Relieve symptoms of burnout
  • Reduce symptoms of psychological disorders

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What happens in a Music Therapy Session?

  • Playing musical instruments
  • Singing
  • Composing music
  • Songwriting
  • Moving to music
  • Drumming
  • Guided relaxation
  • Improvisation
  • Playlist creation
  • Music and imagery
  • Lyric analysis
  • Sharing music
  • Listening to live and recorded music

Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

Music therapy is often used to address a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, behaviour, communication and movement including:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Aphasia
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Burnout
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Eating Disorders
  • General Wellbeing
  • Hearing Loss
  • Neurodegenerative Conditions
  • PTSD
  • Parkinson’s
  • Palliative Care
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Substance Abuse
  • Stroke
  • Schizophrenia
  • Speech Comprehension
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Trauma
  • Tourettes

“Music can heal the wounds that medicine cannot touch.”

– Debasish Mrihda

Cost

1 Hour

$90/ Session
  • Weekly Sessions
  • Fortnightly Sessions
  • 1 Hour initial assessment session $50
  • NDIS Available
  • All reports $80

45 Minutes

$70/ Session
  • Weekly Sessions
  • Fortnightly Sessions
  • 1 Hour initial assessment session $50
  • NDIS Available
  • All reports $100

30 Minutes

$50/ Session
  • Weekly Sessions
  • Fortnightly Sessions
  • 1 Hour initial assessment session $50
  • NDIS Available
  • All reports $100

Music Therapy FAQ

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.

You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from music therapy. Qualified music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the client.

Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age, ability or background. They work across the full age spectrum from newborn children through to older adults.

-Australian Music Therapy Association

What is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT)?

A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is a music therapist who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). To be eligible to register with AMTA, a Registered Music Therapist needs to complete a certified university course in music therapy and maintain their skills through ongoing professional development as approved by the AMTA.

Currently in Australia, music therapy training is at a master’s level and courses are offered at The University of Melbourne and The Western Sydney University.  The course is two years full time.

To enter the master’s course, students must have completed an undergraduate degree in music or a related health profession with demonstrated high level musical skills.

-Australian Music Therapy Association

Do I need any musical knowledge to do Music Therapy?

No musical ability or knowledge is needed to participate in any of our Music Therapy sessions or groups.

What happens before starting Music Therapy?

Meraki Muse will start with either a phone call or email (depending on which one is preferred) to assess goals and expectations. We will also discuss availability and answer any questions you may have.

How many Music Therapy sessions are needed?

Individual Music Therapy session frequency and session length are dependant on participant goals and needs. Some individuals can engage with Music Therapy over the course of a few years, whereas others only a few weeks. Group Music Therapy sessions are pre-determined and set; these groups may repeat throughout the year, however, they will often only run over the duration of between 3-10 weeks. Participants are welcome to register for the same group multiple times; however, please be aware most groups follow a set plan.

Do I need a referral?

No, Meraki Muse will write an assessment form during the initial conversation. If you already have a referral from another Allied Health Professional or GP, Meraki Muse can use this as part of the initial assessment. Alternatively, we can send an assessment form via email for you to complete.

What is your cancellation policy on individual sessions?

Cancellations of sessions must be 24 hours before the start of the next session; these cancellations will be rescheduled at no additional cost. Cancellations after the 24 hour period will incur a 50% charge of the initial session cost with the session not being rescheduled to a later date. If a session is rescheduled after the 24 hour notice period on the bronze, silver or gold package the session will not be made up, however, there will be no additional fee. All cancellation fees are waived when there is an emergency, such as a severe storm warning or a lockdown.

What if I want to stop Individual Music Therapy Sessions?

A 14-day notice will need to be given in writing (text message or email). Clients will have a two-session period to decide if they would like to continue with Music Therapy; a decision to cancel further Music Therapy sessions within this two-session period will not incur a cancellation fee. If cancellation occurs after the two-session period, a cancellation fee of 10% of the total remaining sessions will be charged.

How long and how many sessions will I be given?

Music Therapy session duration is determined by the participant and their needs; Meraki Muse offers 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 1-hour session slots; however, these can be adjusted. The number of sessions also depends on the needs and the goals of participants, and these can be changed if the participant would like to continue with Music Therapy. Each of the packages can also be changed to shorter session times. For example, if the silver package is purchased and the participant prefers 30 minute sessions instead 5 one hour sessions; 10 sessions of 30 minutes can be substituted.

Can I record Music Therapy sessions?

Due to confidentiality laws, individuals are not permitted to record or photograph Music Therapy sessions. Meraki Muse will keep session notes that will not be shared with a third party. All reports and correspondence are kept in a secure location that only the Music Therapist can access.

Can I access Music Therapy through the NDIS

Yes, Meraki Muse is a registered NDIS provider.

Do you offer online sessions?

Yes we do. Online sessions are just as engaging as face to face and require no travel.

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