by: Calysta Vanderwarker
What does a Music Therapist do?
A professional music therapist can select and apply appropriate music for effective treatment that reflects the clients culture and personal identity. This makes treatment a more personal and individualized experience. This approach reflects a person's preferences which is more successful and effective than a traditionally more sterile or generic procedure.
The working conditions of a Music Therapist
Previous work experience in a relevant field is required for entry onto the postgraduate courses. Most of the beginners to music therapy have had substantial voluntary or paid experience in a related field, for example, in a health, education or social care setting.
Voluntary opportunities may be available with:
- Music in hospitals- provides live music to adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability.
- Music therapy International- for opportunities abroad.
- Schools- They can visit schools for more opportunities.
Training/ Education required
music therapists must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Professional training is at postgraduate level at one of the following institutions approved by the HCPC:
- Angila Ruskin University.
- Guildhall Music and Drama- course validated by City University London
- Nordic Robins - course validated by City University London
- University of Roehampton
- University of South Wales
- University of West England, Bristol.