Music Therapy

Music therapy can be applied to people from various social backgrounds. Treatment through music therapy can be given to people of all ages who need special services because of social, learning, behavioural or physical difficulties. Clients do not need musical abilities to benefit from music therapy. Music therapy only addresses non-musical aims.

Music therapy can improve:

  • communication skills – verbal and non-verbal expressions and interpretations
  • emotional skills – expression of feelings, relaxation, perception, confidence building, and dealing with problems
  • social skills – relationship building, social interaction, eye contact, and integration
  • behavioural skills – showing respect to others, listening to and following directions, anger management, and giving appropriate responses to situations
  • organisational skills – planning, follow through, reflection and correction

Music therapy can assist people with:

  • mental disabilitiesmusic therapy
  • autism
  • anger problems
  • depression
  • hyperactivity
  • fear, including fear of change
  • communication deficits
  • behavioural difficulties
  • lack of self confidence
  • concentration difficulties
  • specific learning challenges

Side by Side is able to offer individual, group and family music therapy. We also offer support in behaviour management, and strategies for teachers, parents and families to use when experiencing any of the above issues.