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Young people, children and families.

Music Therapy is not music education or an enrichment activity. No previous interest or skills in music are required. Central to how music therapy works is the therapeutic relationship that is established and developed, through engagement in live musical interaction and play between a therapist and client. A wide range of musical styles and instruments can be used, including the voice and music technology, 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.

Creative self expression offered in an interactive therapeutic environment can support many aspects of emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Music therapists work across a broad spectrum of need in a wide variety of settings to enable children and young people to:

• Explore and express thoughts and feelings

• Nuture social interaction and communication skills

• Encourage creative and spontaneous play

• Develop concentration and co-ordination

• Increase awareness of themselves and others

• Boost self esteem and build resilience

• Stimulate language and listening skills

• Strengthen family and peer relationships

More information can be found on The British Association for Music Therapy's website:

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