Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best age to be for music therapy?
Music therapy is a great intervention for people of all ages and abilities. Our music therapists will be able to provide age appropriate programs to suit everyone, whether they are 5 months old, 5 years old, or 105 years old!
Do I/my child have to have musical talent to be able to access music therapy?
Definitely not! Though it is in our opinion that everyone has musicality inside them – it’s just that sometimes we feel self conscious about showing it! Music is able to access different parts of the brain without us really being conscious of it, and music therapy uses this to encourage achievement and success in many different developmental areas.
My child doesn’t like loud noises – will music therapy still benefit them?
Music therapy does not have to include loud noises. All of our music therapists are trained allied health professionals and will facilitate suitable musical activities for individual sensory limitations; including noise, touch, and visuals.
Where will sessions be held?
We offer home and school visits for one-on-one music therapy sessions. Group music therapy sessions are held at different venues around Brisbane and the surrounding areas. We also offer ‘in-house’ music therapy sessions to schools, respite centres and community organisations.
Can I use funding to pay for music therapy sessions?
It depends on what sort of funding you have. If you are an NDIS participant or received Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) funding, you are able to use them for music therapy. Unfortunately Better Start does not funding music therapy sessions. Other funding providers may approve music therapy sessions but you will have to contact them directly.
What is neurologic music therapy?
Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music and neuroscience on cognitive, motor, and sensory functions and development.
NMT helps with body awareness and regulation. It can help align breathing rate, neural pathways, heart rate, which helps coordinate motor planning and self-regulation.
NMT can help create new and/or different neurologic pathways and centres in the brain.
NMT differs from traditional music therapy in that it focuses specifically on music and rhythm’s physical effect on the brain and brain connections; while traditional music therapy uses a psychosocial (emotional, physical, mental) approach to therapy.
What is a music therapist?
A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is a proficient musician who has completed an accredited university course in applying music as a therapy.
Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research. They have studied all aspects of music performance, history and theory, in addition to psychology, physiology, social theory and models of therapeutic intervention.
RMTs work with a range of clients including young children in hospitals, early intervention facilities and in private practice.
RMTs are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc (AMTA Inc) and are bound by the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics of the AMTA Inc.
Neurologic Music Therapists are required to have completed additional training above and beyond standard music therapy certification in order to maintain their NMT designation.
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and well-being.
It is a research-based practice and an established health profession that incorporates a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
Music therapy differs from musical entertainment or music education in that it uses music to achieve specific outcomes.
Music therapy is used in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.