Music Therapy FAQ
Q What to expect in a session
A A typical session might include activities such as singing songs, playing instruments, listening to stories, carefully chosen fine and gross motor activities, sensory play, improvisation and using action songs to integrate movement and language. Music therapists are trained in the developmental needs of children and therefore every music therapy session is tailor-designed to meet the specific needs/goals of your child.
Q How long are sessions?
A Individual sessions range from 45 to 60 minutes.
Group sessions are 60 to 75 minutes in duration.
Q How can music therapy help in early intervention?
A Music therapy is a joyful way to jump-start speech, language, learning readiness skills, play skills, and motor development. We encourage parents to join their toddlers in therapy sessions to learn strategies you can take home with you.
Q What are the qualifications of a music therapist?
A All of our music therapists have a minimum of a bachelor degree and a masters degree in music therapy and national board certification through the Australian Music Therapy Association. In addition, Trish has completed a masters research degree in Neurodevelopmental music therapy with premature infants. She has also completed further training in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Floortime and PECS.
Q How are music therapy services funded?
A Music Therapy services (for children with special needs including Autism) are currently funded through FAHCSIA or through the NDIS or through private payment at our centre.
Q Where can I find music therapy songs to use at school or home?
A Visit the therapy songs tab on this website and download either individual songs or albums onto your computer, which you can then sync with your phone.
Q How can I become a music therapist?
A A registered music therapist holds a Bachelor degree in an associated discipline and a Masters degree in music therapy. After completing the Masters degree including clinical placements, they are then registered with their professional body: The Australian Music Therapy Association. Senior music therapists are clinicians with more than 10 years experience.