Music Therapy

  • Music therapy is an established healthcare profession regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) that uses music to address emotional, cognitive, social and physical needs of individuals of all ages
  • Music therapy can benefit children who may be finding school life difficult for a range of reasons including: Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Speech, language, social and communication difficulties, Physical and/or sensory impairment, Low self-confidence and self-esteem, Emotional and behavioural difficulties, History of trauma and Bereavement
    Attachment difficulties, Multiple or complex difficulties.
  • Music therapy sessions in groups or for individuals on a weekly basis for up to 45 minutes. After each session, the therapist takes 15 minutes to write up clinical notes
  • The initial 4-6 sessions are considered an assessment period to decide whether music therapy is appropriate for the child. An initial assessment report will be written by the therapist in which therapeutic aims will then be established
  • Given consent the sessions can be recorded in audio or video format check on this
  • Evaluation and report writing for review meetings
    • Attendance at annual review, and multi-disciplinary meetings where possible
  • Discharge process with follow up recommendations
  • The music therapist will be responsible for deciding a reasonable caseload, bearing in mind that time is needed for setting up the room, note-taking, session analysis, assessments and liaising with staff
  • Clinical supervision for the therapist.
  • To provide a suitable space for therapy to take place. This should be a reasonably sized room, which is undisturbed and uncluttered and where any noise from the sessions will not disturb others
  • Ensuring that the space is available on a regular weekly basis at the agreed time of the sessions with access to appropriate musical instruments
  • Allocating a person with whom the music therapist can liaise regularly
  • Providing updated information about any meetings or reviews concerning the child
  • Confidential cabinet in which to store clinical notes.
  • A fully qualified music therapist who is state registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the national professional body, the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)
  • The therapist follows the BAMT Code of Ethics – undertakes CPD to ensure consistency of practice, receive up to date knowledge on music matters and enhancement of skills and knowledge
  • Has a full DBS check and liaises closely with staff, parents and carers of each client receiving music therapy.
  • Music Therapy is charged at £45 per hour
  • Funding usually comes from one or several of the following: Pupil Premium funding Social Care, schools and parents.
Please contact Richard Jones (Music and Arts Strategy Manager) by emailing