Jam Music School is happy to announce we will be starting a Music Therapy programme in September of 2022 running on Sundays in our Naas School.
Our Music Therapy courses are 10 weeks in total. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is an evidence based profession, where the planned and intentional use of music based interventions are used to help rehabilitate, restore, or maintain health, functioning and well-being.
Many domain needs can be attended to in a music therapy session, such as; improving fine and gross motor skills,developing or increasing communication skills, facilitating social interaction between the client and music therapist or client and their family/fellow peers.
Music therapy has the capacity to ‘enhance functional abilities while simultaneously enriching creative and expressive capacities.’
Before beginning music therapy sessions an assessment is carried out. The music therapist will identify the clients areas of need and establish goals based around these needs. Targeted music-based interventions are used to reach these goals such as; familiar song singing, vocal and
instrument improvisation, moving to music, music listening and much more.
Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy?
Music therapists work in a variety of settings. In educational settings, music therapy facilitates many developmental skills in children and adolescents with learning and intellectual disabilities, sensory impairments, emotional and behavioural disorders, communication deficits and developmental disabilities including Autism.
Every person is uniquely responsive to music despite illness, impairment or disability. People of all ages can benefit from music therapy regardless of musical skill or background, though music therapists may draw on a client’s musical preferences and personal tastes. Music therapy is not music teaching or entertainment.
It stimulates all of the senses and involves the child at many levels, encouraging socialisation, self-expression, communication, and motor development. Music therapy is a supportive intervention within the recovery approach in mental health services and provides an avenue for expressive experiences of mental health difficulties and trauma as well as managing negative symptoms such as depression and anxiety. In hospital and rehabilitation settings music therapy interventions support people with medical symptoms such as pain management and contribute to rehabilitation goals and recovery.
Music therapy is used effectively in neonatal settings, oncology, burns, acquired brain injury and stroke. It is widely employed in older persons services, supporting those living with dementia, promoting positive mood, cognitive function, communication, reminiscence and managing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. In palliative care settings, music therapy supports individuals through end of life in providing emotional support, inspiring life review and alleviating symptoms.
For much more information on music therapy please have a look at the IACAT official website https://www.iacat.ie/music-therapy
About Our Music Therapist
Lyndsey is a graduate of the Music Therapy Master of Arts programme at the University of Limerick. During her training, she gained clinical experience working in acute medical care settings with children and older adults. She also independently created and set up a Music Therapy service at a mainstream primary school in Kildare; working with children attending the
special education needs classroom.
Lyndsey’s therapeutic approach is as a combination of humanistic and person centred theory. Techniques that you will see in her music therapy sessions include; familiar song singing, vocal and instrumental improvisation, percussive instrument playing and music listening.
Lyndsey had her final masters thesis research published in the journal Dementia. The research explored joint working between Pastoral Care professionals and Music Therapists in an Irish hospital; to improve person centred care for people with Dementia.
Prior to receiving her masters, Lyndsey graduated from BIMM Dublin with an honours degree in Voice and teaches voice and pre-instrumental music.