What is Music Therapy?
NOT music education or musical entertainment. Music therapy is an allied health profession that uses music to achieve non-musical goals.
For example, at Yarraville SDS such goals could be…
PHYSICAL – developing fine and gross motor skills, coordination, movement, etc
SOCIAL – leadership, turn-taking, listening, following instructions, verbal and vocalizations, signing, using PECS, choice, increase length of time engaged in activities, identifying what is socially acceptable.
EMOTIONAL – self-expression, identifying emotions, discussion of emotions, choice, have fun and enjoyment of music, etc.
COGNITIVE – learning numbers, colors, animals, etc
All students receive music therapy at Yarraville SDS. Some groups have sessions for one semester and some groups have sessions for a full year. The performance group started in semester 2, 2009, and is made up of a selection of students from throughout the school. This group has opportunities to perform at various events, such as the Glenroy special schools concert, school concerts and Christmas BBQs.
Songs – listening and playing instruments with the song, live and recorded, age appropriate, have goals in mind (eg Twinkle to develop fine motor skills)
- Sensory stimulation
- Movement activities