What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is an Allied Health profession, practised by music therapists, registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association or an affiliated board.
Using music as the medium, personal growth and development are pursued in line with your goals.
Music therapy provides a wonderful, nonverbal way of developing and exploring social communication, developing cognitive and physical skills, accessing emotional and spiritual responses through vocalising, singing, moving and using musical instruments in structured and improvisational music-making.
The Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. defines music therapy as:
"..... a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university-trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.
Music therapists incorporate a range of music-making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. They are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.
Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background."
At JAM, music connects us and creates our community.
JAM members are involved in music in many different ways, through listening, playing instruments, improvising, dancing, and singing.
We follow strength-based approaches and are inspired by Nordoff and Robbins Creative music therapy where we work with each person through the musical relationship; and Community music therapy, where playing music together connects us, and provides a sense of belonging and community.