What is Music Therapy?
In Western countries, Music Therapy is part of the professional medical supporting team. It is categorized under Creative Art Therapies (other therapies, e.g. Art Therapy, Drama Therapy and Play Therapy).
Music therapy is a clinical way of using professional music and musical elements to intervene, by a registered music therapist, which establishes relationships between the therapist and participants, in order to achieve various therapeutic goals.
Music therapists use a variety of musical skills, together with psychological, counseling and other theoretical knowledge, we design suitable music activities for participants, encourage participant’s emotional, physical and social well-being.
Music Therapy focuses on the process of treatment, rather than the merits of aesthetical musicianship. Participants do not need to have any musical background.
Music Therapy Settings
J.A.m. provides in-house and outreach therapy services incl.
Individual sessions (45 mins/ 60 mins)
group sessions (45 mins/ 60 mins/ 90 mins)
Please contact us for further information.
A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their lifetime.
A learning disability can be mild, moderate or severe. Some people with a mild learning disability can talk easily and look after themselves but may need a bit longer than usual to learn new skills. Other people may not be able to communicate at all and have other disabilities as well. Some adults with a learning disability are able to live independently, while others need help with everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing, for their whole lives. It depends on the person's abilities and the level of care and support they receive. Children and young people with a learning disability may also have special educational needs (SEN).
How does Music Therapy support this group of client?
A learning disability cannot be cured or fixed. With proper support and intervention, they can achieve success in school, at work, in relationships and in the community.
Music Therapy addresses the needs of a person with learning disabilities in the following ways:
Create a safe environment for participant to express themselves freely, no right or wrong
Teach academic information e.g. phone number in a musical way, reinforces memory
Improve hand- eye coordination and gross & fine motor skills through instrument playing., i.e. providing a steady pulse with which to synchronize movements
Motivate participant to participate in a group experience, incl. role- playing, team work, turn taking and contributing an idea towards a song writing activity. With the experience, participant enhances his self- esteem and build confidence