What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a scientific discipline that deals with the therapeutic use of music as well as the musical elements (sound, rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, and volume). The sessions are conducted by a qualified music therapist, who works towards the achievement of therapeutic goals, which are related to mental, physical, emotional and social issues, as well with the improvement of the quality of life. 

Music therapy is not directed towards an artistic outcome, entertainment or music education.Music therapy is a recognized health profession both in Europe and in the U.S.A. and is governed by a code of ethics and a code of practice. Evidence-based research is expanding over the last years demonstrating the efficacy of music therapy in a wide range of fields including: mental health, special education, early intervention, neurology, delinquency, addictions, in-patient care, pain management, deafness / cochlear implants, neonate intensive care, and long term illnesses.

Who can benefit from Music Therapy?

Infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly can benefit from music therapy in individual or group sessions.

Music therapy can benefit people with:

  • Mental disorders
  • Stress related issues
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties
  • Learning difficulties
  • Neurological problems
  • Long term illnesses
  • Mental Retardation
  • Dementia
  • Acquired disabilities
  • Speech Impairments
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictions
  • Visual and hearing impairments

Music therapy can also be employed during pregnancy as well as with people who are in search of a medium of self-expression, personal development, and support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is musical knowledge necessary for someone to benefit from music therapy?

No. It is not necessary to have had any previous musical training in order to benefit from music therapy. The musical instruments used are readily accessible, allowing the patient to easily produce sounds, rhythms, and melodies, thus facilitating self-expression.

Who can practice music therapy?

A qualified music therapist holds an undergraduate degree (BA) or a postgraduate degree (MA) from an approved program in music therapy.

It is advised to contact the Cyprus Music Therapy Association for qualified music therapists.