Music Therapy

I am a registered music therapist (RMT) who works in the community and not-for-profit sectors, currently implementing a music therapy program for people who are homeless, disadvantaged or marginalised, with complex healthcare needs.

What is a registered music therapist (RMT)?

Defining music therapy is often challenging because the practice is so diverse, but AMTA uses the following definition:

  • Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
  • Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.
  • Music therapists incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. They are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice. ┬áMusic therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.
  • Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.