What is music therapy?
Everyone has the ability to respond to music on some level, and music therapy aims to use this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement in live musical interaction between the therapist and client. A wide range of musical styles and instruments can be used and the music is often improvised.
Using music in this way enables clients to create their own unique musical language in which to explore and connect with the world and express themselves. Engaging in a therapeutic relationship through shared music making helps to support positive changes and helps clients to reach their full potential.
Music therapy at Bensham Manor School
Our music therapist is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) and receives regular external supervision. Our music therapist delivers both 1:1 and whole class music therapy sessions to the school. The aims of the sessions at Bensham are tailored to each individual’s needs. These might include:
- Develop and facilitate social interaction and communication skills.
- Improve self-confidence and independence.
- Enhance self-awareness and awareness of others.
- Improve concentration and attention skills.
- Develop motor and coordination skills.
- Develop language and listening skills.
- Strengthen relations with others.