FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUSIC THERAPY AND MUSIC LESSONS OR ENTERTAINMENT?
Unlike listening to music for entertainment or having lessons, Music Therapy uses music as a platform for achieving therapeutic outcomes. Within a music therapy session, music becomes both the medium and the motivator for clients to work towards their goals and to feel a greater sense of comfort and safety when engaging in self-reflection and discussion.
Whilst learning to play an instrument may become part of a session, a wide range of musical interventions and instruments are explored in order to directly target specific NDIS goals.
WHAT IF I/ MY CHILD DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY MUSIC?
You do not need any prior experience or musical skills to benefit from Music Therapy! Simply a love of music and a willingness to try something new is all you need to get started!
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN MUSIC THERAPY ASSIST WITH?
Mental health conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar effective disorder etc.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Global Developmental Delay (GDD)
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
Rare Genetic Disorders
Degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Those suffering Chronic illness or pain
Stroke and TBI rehabilitation
IS MUSIC THERAPY RECOGNISED BY THE NDIS?
Yes! Music therapy delivered by an RMT is recognised as an Allied Health Therapy and is fully funded under the NDIS. Funding for this therapy comes under 'Therapeutic Supports’ and ‘Early Intervention Support under the category of ‘Improved Daily Living Skills’.
WHO IS QUALIFIED TO DELIVER MUSIC THERAPY?
In order to achieve a therapeutic outcome, music therapy must be delivered by a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) who has a master’s degree in music therapy and is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
RMT’s use evidence-based practices and are obliged to adhere to AMTA professional standards and code of ethics.
HOW MANY MUSIC THERAPY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Individual sessions are generally conducted once a fortnight, to ensure participant's are not left feeling overwhelmed and overloaded by their schedule of supports and other therapies.
These fortnightly sessions continue on a regular basis for 24 weeks of the year and participant's are encouraged to continue taking music therapy sessions for as long as they are enjoying it and seeing it's benefits.
1 term trial sessions and term blocks are also available and recommended for those unsure whether Music Therapy is the right fit for them/ their child.