WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music therapy is a profession that aims to improve health, well-being and the quality of life for persons of all ages and abilities. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, abilities of clients are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives.Music therapy is a tool for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves verbally. Depending on the goal of the client, music therapy can support the communication of clients through combination of improvised or pre-composed instrumental music and voice, either sung or spoken. Through the development of a therapeutic relationship with clients, music therapists can help clients accomplish individualised goals.
Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession conducted by accredited music therapists. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas including facilitating contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.In Hong Kong, therapists have been trained from different countries, including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia & Canada. Registered music therapists are bound by a code of ethics of their registration body that regulates their practice.