Career outlook for music therapist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use music and sound to help improve people's emotional wellbeing, relieve stress and improve their confidence.
You would use your musical ability and knowledge of different styles of music to encourage people to explore sound and music.
Music therapy can help them to:
- Express themselves
- Develop insight and find ways of relating to other people
- Become aware of their feelings
- Interact with other people more confidently
- Bring about positive changes in their lives
Your clients could include children or adults with:
- Learning disabilities
- Emotional or behavioural problems
- Speech and language difficulties
- Mental health problems
You might also work with people recovering from addictions.
Before starting the music therapy, you would agree on a programme of activity with your client which you would review at regular intervals.
You would hold group and one-to-one therapy sessions. These sessions would involve you and your clients playing musical instruments, singing, listening and improvising together.
You would check the effectiveness of the programme and write case notes and reports. Sometimes people may find the therapy difficult or upsetting and you might have to deal with challenging situations.
Many music therapists work in the NHS, although there are opportunities for private practice. You could also be self-employed as a freelance music therapist.
If you work in the NHS, you would work closely with other health care professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and speech and language therapists.
You can see more about this role in the National Health Service on the Music therapist page on the NHSScotland Careers website.
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