What's it like to be a Music Therapist?
Music Therapists plan and conduct music therapy sessions or programs to improve clients’ emotional, physical and cognitive well-being.
Tasks and duties
- Establishing goals and objectives for music therapy sessions in consultation with client or client groups.
- Designing music therapy sessions to meet a client’s goals or objectives.
- Instructing individuals or groups in the use of music
- Providing guided self-expression through music to help clients recover from or cope with cognitive or emotional difficulties.
- Acknowledging client progress and reflecting upon their reactions to the muscial process.
- Designing individual treatment plans that incorporate music therapy, counselling and psychotherapy techniques.
- Writing progress reports related to individual clients or client groups.
Music Therapists use singing, song writing, musical improvisation, receptive music listening and other speciality techniques to assist clients with a range of difficulties such as physical, communication and cognitive impairments, grief and loss, and pain management.
What can I earn as a Music Therapist?
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How to become a Music Therapist
- Complete an AMTA accredited tertiary course, such as the Master of Creative Music Therapy.
- Register with AMTA.
- Complete Continuing Professional Development set by AMTA.
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct, Standards of Practice and By-laws for Grievance Procedures.
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