Increase communication, interaction and self expression
- Develop a sense of awareness of self and others
- Provide emotional support
- Develop skills such as listening, sharing and turn taking
- Develop coordination and motor control
- Increase self confidence
Music can be a great motivator, and can be used to promote developmental work. For example involvement in creative music making encourages physical awareness, and develops attention and memory.
- The client is encouraged to use a variety of tuned and untuned instruments to find their own personal ‘voice’, and to develop listening, communicating and relating. The therapist accompanies and supports the client in this development.
- A shared understanding is built between client and therapist, through spontaneously created music making; this informs the aims and intentions for the therapy
- Key workers support the client in the sessions: this may involve active participation in the music making, sitting quietly and observing the musical interactions between client and therapist, or a combination of the two