“Where Words Fail, Music Speaks”
Music is a fundamental part of being human, as it has the power to connect people in a way that words cannot, crossing all barriers. In M&ST music therapy sessions, instruments and voices are used to help people to communicate in their own musical language whatever the ability, providing emotional, sensory and intellectual stimulation experiences, supporting deepening clients’ ability to listen and experience being listened to, developing tools with which they communicate.
Every person is unique, and our music therapy sessions are person-centred based and tailored to the client’s needs and interests, allowing each person to explore the world of sounds in their own unique way. By responding musically, the therapist encourages this process and supports the expression of the person’s individuality, creating an inclusive and supportive environment.
At M&ST we use a variety of music therapy techniques depending on the client’s need and goals, such as rhythmic activities, singing, songwriting, improvisation and many more. We also use in our practice on a daily basis electronic music and new technologies, as they offer a wide scope for different forms of music-making, providing individuals with limited movement the possibility to create complex musical sounds, often with just a few finger taps.
We offer 1 on 1 and group music therapy sessions at our specifically set room in the centre of Bristol or in clients’ homes, schools and care homes. Once completed the initial assessment, we develop therapeutic goals and objectives, agreed upon between the music therapist and the client/caregiver.
Our sessions are typically 30/50 mins of treatment time on a weekly basis with 10 minutes for documentation and communication between therapist and client/caregiver/activity coordinators. The length of music therapy can vary depending on the client’s needs. In many cases, clients attend music therapy for more years, establishing the weekly Music Therapy session as a supportive routine. During our practice, data are collected to show qualitative and/or quantitative results to reach every client’s goals. The progress of the music therapy is regularly reviewed at agreed intervals.