Music Therapist

Music therapists use music and sound to help improve people's emotional well-being, relieve stress and build confidence.

Day-to-day tasks

As a music therapist you could:

  • meet with clients of all ages, families and other professionals
  • assess your client's needs, plan therapy goals and prepare for sessions
  • use a variety of musical styles and instruments in client-led, group or individual therapy sessions
  • monitor progress and have regular sessions with a senior music therapist
  • write reports, make recommendations and keep confidential records
  • clean and maintain instruments and order supplies

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • knowledge of the fine arts
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Industry Qualifications

In order to be a music therapist, you’ll usually need a degree in a relevant subject and then go on to do post graduate study.

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