“Music therapy is the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and well being. Research, practice, education, and clinical training in music therapy are based on professional standards according to cultural, social, and political contexts” (World Federation of Music Therapy, 2011)

Music therapists use various forms of music making with a client or clients in order to address the person’s individual needs. In the context of dementia, therapeutic goals may be to:

  • enhance quality of life
  • provide socialisation and meaningful interactions with other people or the therapist
  • improve physical dexterity/movement
  • elicit discussion and emotional expression
  • stimulate memory and cognition
  • bring meaning to daily life
  • reduce anxiety

Music therapists…

  • Recognised Allied Health Profession in NZ
  • Evidenced based – recognised worldwide
  • Has a professional body MTHNZ
  • Work across various settings in NZ
  • Minimum training Master’s Degree in Music Therapy
  • Are experienced and qualified musicians
  • Have a code of ethics, standards of practice, full practicing certificate

Find out more @ Music Therapy New Zealand