Who can benefit from music therapy?
Music therapy is effective with people of all ages and abilities, from newborn babies, through childhood and adolescence, to adulthood and the end of life. People who are under stress; have intellectual, physical or emotional needs; live with dementia; are suffering the consequences of trauma, separation or abuse; or who have a terminal illness can benefit from music therapy.
Music therapy is effective in:
- developing communication
- extending language and intellectual development
- supporting people in times of loss, grief, and pain
- reducing stress and tension
- motivating rehabilitation
- extending movement and physical co-ordination
- enhancing cultural and spiritual identity
- giving emotional support through times of change or crisis
- assisting memory, imagination, and processing thought
New Zealand Registered Music Therapists (NZRMTh)
Music Therapists train for a minimum of two years to achieve a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Music Therapy. New Zealand Registered Music Therapists (NZRMTh) adhere to the Code of Ethics for the Practice of Music Therapy in New Zealand and undergo continuing professional development and clinical supervision in order to maintain their registration. The New Zealand Music Therapy Registration Board in consultation with Music Therapy New Zealand has Standards of Practice for Registered Music Therapists in New Zealand, which NZRMTh are required to meet in order to maintain their registration and a valid practicing certificate. This is also a requirement of the Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand (AHANZ), of which Music Therapy New Zealand is a member.
Finding a music therapist
Music therapists often work as members of a clinical team in a variety of settings. These include early intervention centres; schools; rest homes; prisons; hospital units such as those for oncology, paediatric, or burns patients; hospices; and community rehabilitation or mental health facilities. Some music therapists work in private practice in homes or clinics and may also provide consultancy services.
To find a music therapist in your area please see the “our therapists” page.