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Music Therapist

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€29k > 52
Music Therapist
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€29 - 52
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Uses music to help people with physical, mental, emotional and physiological difficulties to express themselves and to develop their potential.

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Music therapists help people with physical, mental and emotional difficulties to express themselves. Music therapists do not teach clients to play instruments. Instead, they encourage their clients to use musical instruments and make sounds, as a way of relieving a particular problem.  
For instance, clients who feel isolated may benefit from learning to use sounds to express emotions or relieve depression. Others may find that musical movement helps their physical co-ordination.  
The therapist, usually in consultation with other professionals and the client, decides on the goals of therapy and works out a programme to meet the client's needs. The therapist has to decide with each client whether it will be better to work on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting.  
Music is used to help the client to listen, move and communicate. As a result, clients may develop confidence in their abilities and become more aware of other people. Clients may be children, young people or adults.

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Adapt existing or develop new music therapy assessment instruments or procedures to meet an individual client's needs.


Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of specific treatments or therapy approaches.


Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for therapy.


Assess client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.


Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms.


Communicate with clients to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to musical experiences.


Confer with professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.


Customize treatment programs for specific areas of music therapy, such as intellectual or developmental disabilities, educational settings, geriatrics, medical settings, mental health, physical disabilities, or wellness.


Design music therapy experiences, using various musical elements to meet client's goals or objectives.


Design or provide music therapy experiences to address client needs, such as using music for self-care, adjusting to life changes, improving cognitive functioning, raising self-esteem, communicating, or controlling impulses.

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You will need to be mature, understanding, sensitive and emotionally secure. Clients may progress very slowly or fail to progress at all, so patience and resourcefulness are important.  
A high level of musical skill and creativity is a necessity. Ability to play keyboard, guitar and sing is required by completion of training.

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Organisation: Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
Address: P.O.Box 4176, Dublin 1
Tel: 087 992 1746
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Organisation: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Address: University of Limerick, Limerick.
Tel: (061) 202590
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