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A Music Therapist aims to assist the person following brain injury or stroke to redevelop functional communication skills and physical rehabilitation using the motivating elements of music.

MUSIC THERAPY DEFINITION:

"Music Therapy is the intentional use of music by a university trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc.  Registered Music Therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.  Music Therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, or background".  (Australian Music Therapy Association, 2014).  
Registered Music Therapists are bound by a strict code of ethics.

GOALS OF MUSIC THERAPY:

Music therapy aims to address the individual's needs that occur in the context of disability, treatment and rehabilitation. 

Music Therapy differs from musical education or entertainment as it focuses on health, functionality and wellbeing.

The client does NOT need to have any prior musical background or knowledge to benefit from Music Therapy. 

MUSIC THERAPY IN REHABILITATION:

Emelia draws from a broad spectrum of neurologic techniques of Music Therapy. Each session is uniquely tailored to the individual's needs. 

The principle methods of Music Therapy that may be used across the main areas, which are affected post stroke, or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) are as follows: 
  1. Physical 
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Upper and lower limb movement via instrument playing.
      (Spatial motor control, bilateral movement, fine or gross motor movement)
    • Rhythmic entrainment or Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS)
    • Improvisation
  1. Cognitive
    • Musical Speech Stimulation or Therapeutic Singing
    • Functional tailored recordings/CDs
      (Sequential learning strategies or sensory stimulation narratives)
    • Mnemonic recall strategies
    • Modified Melodic Intonation Therapy (MMIT)
  1. Emotional / Behavioural 
    • Therapeutic Songwriting 
    • Lyric analysis/Cognitive processing
    • Improvisation   

THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY ARE: 

  • Music can offer a non-verbal form of self-expression.
  • Music is a medium that can build rapport between therapist and client very quickly, offering a safe space for expression of the wide range of emotions
  • Music Therapy can offer comfort and support during the adjustment to change, self-concept and identity.
  • Music Therapy can help reconnect with musical culture and solace in times of distress. 
  • Recent neuroscience research shows us that music has the ability to affect the brain immediately increasing endorphins, oxytocin and neurotransmitters assisting the increase in positive feelings, mood and motivation.