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What is music therapy?

Music therapy is an effective educational and therapeutic tool for people living with disability.

Programs are designed to meet specific goals and bring about therapeutic change.

Who do music therapists work with?

Music therapists work with a wide range of groups, including people with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and many other forms of disability.

Music therapy is also a great activity for community inclusion.

How can music therapy help?

Music therapy can help in many ways, including:

  • assisting in building lung capacity
  • assisting with mobility and motor skills
  • building self-esteem and empowerment
  • decreasing tension, anxiety and challenging behaviour
  • encouraging inclusion and interaction with others
  • enhancing physical, sensory and cognitive skills
  • enhancing awareness of self and others
  • improving quality of life, personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement
  • motivating an individual to develop new skills
  • improving communication and social skills
  • increasing participation and engagement
  • providing an outlet for expressing frustrations or grief
  • providing individuals with a creative outlet
  • providing relaxation, enjoyment and/or interest


Finding a Music Therapist

The Australian Music Therapy Association has a handy tool to find your local music therapist

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia Ltd

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing clinical music therapy programs and community music programs to address positive health outcomes. Nordoff-Robbins also facilitates training and education workshops for community workers, carers, family members, and health and education professionals. They deliver the Master in Creative Music Therapy training program in collaboration with the University of Western Sydney.

Able Australia

Able music therapy provides group and individual sessions, program consultancy, assessment and evaluation of individual client needs and case management. All Able music therapists are highly skilled musicians with training in the behavioural sciences who have completed an accredited university course in music therapy, and are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association.

Kids Music Beat

This business is owned by Kate Williams, a Registered Music Therapist with valuable early childhood knowledge.  Kids Music Beat offer good quality instruments and equipment at a reasonable price.

Sing and Grow

Sing and Grow is a community driven music therapy project offering services for young children and their families.  Programs focus on strengthening family relationships, building capacity in parents to support their children's development in the early years of life, and encouraging the use of music within communities. Visit the Sing and Grow website for music ideas to use at home with young children and for further information on Sing and Grow.


Merrily Merrily Book

"Merrily Merrily" is a great music resource compiled by a group of Australian Breastfeeding Association members and contains lyrics and music to over 200 songs. An accompanying CD is also available.

The New Useful Book

The New Useful Book is packed with song and craft ideas for use with young children.  The song materials are drawn from the ABC Playschool program.