Music Therapist

What is a music therapist?

Music is used creatively to help service users to address social, emotional or physical difficulties

For example, you could be working alongside individuals with brain injuries, Alzheimer’s, mother’s in labour, children who have experienced emotional trauma, those affected by substance abuse and chronic pain.

Music therapy is used to facilitate service users to communicate via a shared musical experience and music making. Music therapists support service users and instil positive changes in their behaviour, communication and wellbeing.

What does a music therapist do on a daily basis?

  • Empower people to express themselves through e.g. singing and musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar.
  • Observe and document service user reactions, progress on e.g. appropriate greetings, eye contact, body language
  • Develop insight and create ways of relating to other people
  • Help individuals to make sense of their feelings
  • Encourage service users to interact with other people more confidently

Where do music therapists work?

  • Hospices
  • Retirement homes
  • Day centres
  • Children’s centres
  • Drug and alcohol programs
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Schools
  • Pupil referral units
  • Hospitals

Find your future

Wondering which of the 14 allied health professional careers might suit you, your aspirations and your interests? Take our quick and easy test to find out.

Take the quiz