For people with disabilities, Music Therapy can offer a unique pathway to healing, communication, self-determination, autonomy and self-expression. Music has the power to connect on a deep emotional level. Whether it’s a catchy pop tune, a soothing melody, or a stirring classical piece, music can move people like nothing else.
Music Therapy is an allied health profession that harnesses the power of music to help people overcome challenges and improve their overall quality of life.
Multicap’s Music Therapy team offers tailored sessions to meet the specific needs of everyone and reflects the individual goals that people have outlined in their NDIS plans.
Music has long been known for its positive effects on mental health and wellbeing. Music Therapists use a person-centred approach and provide a creative outlet for people, particularly those with diverse communication styles and preferences.
Music Therapy utilises evidence-based approaches to develop targeted goals across various areas including communication, emotional regulation, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, attention, engagement and sensory regulation.
For people who experience anxiety and stress, music therapy can be a great way to improve self-esteem through participating in an activity where they can demonstrate their strengths and abilities musically.
A commonly used tool during Music Therapy can be drumming to create a space where the body and mind are allowed to go into a state of flow. Drumming activates both sides of the brain and can help the mind achieve a situation where both halves of the brain are active and brain waves are synchronized, leading to feeling both energised and relaxed (Friedman, R.L, 2000).
Why do drumming in Music Therapy?
1. It’s for everyone
Drumming does not require advanced physical abilities, specialised talents or even being able to read music. Drumming, even a simple pattern, offers benefits to a huge range of people.
2. It’s calming
Drumming works to calm and regulate the primitive part of our brains which cause the ‘flight or fight’ response and becomes reactive when we are stressed, anxious or have experienced trauma.
3. It increases immunity and helps fight disease in the body
Studies have found that drumming can boost your immunity. Reducing stress in the body with some drumming, can help get the system back in balance.
Multicap’s team of Registered Music Therapists utilise a range of interventions in addition to drumming including singing, song writing, movement to music and instrument playing. Offering one-on-one sessions supporting people with disabilities to express themselves and engage with the world in new ways.
With its many benefits, Music Therapy is a valuable addition to any comprehensive care plan which can be funded under capacity building in your NDIS plan.
Do you want to tap into the power of music to help you overcome barriers and improve your quality of life? Contact our friendly customer service team on 1300 135 886 or visit our music therapy page to request more information to book a session.