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Music Therapy

Music in early childhood,particularly singing games and rhymes,can enhance child development in many ways. Language,motor skills, memory and concentration are all improved through involvement in simple musical games and activities.

Music Therapy does not teach music but aims to encourage :                            

  • communication skills
  • behaviour skills
  • motor skills
  • social skills

The theory behind music therapy is based on the understanding that all people have an innate responsiveness to music. This instinct can remain in spite of physical, cognitive or emotional disability and can be used to build a relationship between therapist and client.

Music Therapy uses music as a therapeutic stimulus to achieve non-musical goals.


Early communication development is formed from a close trusting relationship. This can be developed through the sharing of a musical experience as each communicator affects the other. In music therapy a music therapist responds by observing and incorporating a range of non verbal behaviours based on mother –baby interaction, mirroring and imitative responses are found to be attractive to some children and can act as a bridge to collaborative play or communication and therefore can improve the child’s access to language. 

In music therapy all sessions include improvisation, pre composed songs and songs that emerge from improvisation which are linked to the child’s response. Spaces are often made in songs to allow for a child’s response.  There is often repeated structure with considerable flexibility within this structure.


I have a full understanding of communication methodology and I am trained in APEC (Assessing and Promoting Effective Communication) and have a knowledge of British Sign Language and Makaton.

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