WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music, voice, movement, singing and the use of musical instruments help the cognitive, psychomotor and emotional stimulation through activities related to visual-spatial ability, motor coordination and language.
Music therapy is a clinical intervention to support and help people whose lives have been affected by illness, injury, or disability.
This therapy method is used in infancy all the way through the elderly.
WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE THAT MUSIC THERAPY IS BENEFICIAL?
There is a growing body of research and evidence that proves the effectiveness of music therapy with children and young people.
Music therapy within schools has been recognised by OfSTED as beneficial in addressing educational and pastoral needs of children. It has also featured on OfSTED’s ‘Good Practice’ website in relation to music education and special needs.
The following paper, produced by Cambridgeshire Music, has drawn together an evidence base highlighting the effectiveness and value of music therapy for children and young people