Music Therapy Program 2017

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the planned use of music-based interventions to assist clients in achieving non-musical therapeutic goals.

It is an allied health profession and can be effective for clients with a range of needs - social, emotional, motor, sensory and cognitive.

The New England Conservatorium’s Music Therapy Program was established in 2011 and is unique in Armidale and the New England area.

The 2017 Music Therapy Program operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week and provides individual and group music therapy sessions for children and adults with a range of needs in the following programs:

  • Music Therapy Sessions for adult individuals or groups (user pays basis) in partnership with The Ascent Group
  • Growing through Song workshops for secondary students in the Armidale High School Support Unit
  • Side-by-Side Choir at Armidale High School Support Unit
  • Private consultation and assessment
  • Early Intervention and School Transition Programs  with PEDAL in many pre-schools and infants schools
  • Program for Adults with Dementia in partnership with Autumn Lodge

NECOM’s Music Therapy Program is delivered by Music Therapist, Hannah Rowland M RMT, MMusThy, BMus (Qld).

Hannah presents individual and group music therapy programs for children and adults with disabilities, brain injury, age-related diseases, early childhood music programs and early intervention programs. She also includes residential aged care work – the planned, implemented and evaluated individual and group music therapy programs for older adults with dementia and other age-related diseases; and working with children on the Autism Spectrum to improve communication, social skills, gross and fine motor skills and sensory integration.

Depending on the needs of the client, NECOM's Music therapy programs offer the following options:

  • Individual programs
  • Group Programs – for clients or group work with family or developing relationships with others

All clients are provided with:

  • An initial assessment that will include a report and an individually designed music therapy program
  • 9-week block of sessions each term (4 terms each year) on Wednesday OR Thursday
  • Evaluation – an evaluation of whether goals have been met and any recommendations for future input 

Music Therapy Program 2017 Update

Music TherapyNECOM’s music therapy program is off to a great start for 2017. Clients of all ages continue to participate in group and individual music therapy sessions, working hard to facilitate improvements in their physical, social and communication skills. Several clients now access music therapy at NECOM using their NDIS funding, and I look forward to working with a wider range of people under this new funding structure.

After a great year in 2016, NECOM has expanded their program at Drummond Early Intervention for 2017, providing more students with access to music therapy. Students in the Drummond Early Intervention program participate in music activities which facilitate improvements in academic engagement, providing them with the skills they need to succeed when they begin attending school. NECOM has also continued its work at Armidale High School with a dynamic music therapy group focusing on improving social and communication skills.

NECOM has been hard at work updating their Accessibility Action Plan. We hope to have this finalised very soon, and we look forward to putting the plan into action. As NECOM works towards meeting the goals in our Plan, we hope to make improvements to the accessibility of a range of NECOM programs and raise awareness of the options available at NECOM for people with disability. Stay tuned for updates!

For full details and information on Individual and Group Music Therapy Programs click on the links below or contact:

Hannah Rowland, Music Therapist on Email: musictherapy@necom.org.au   OR
NECOM Program Manager Corinne Arter: 02 6788 2139 Email: corinne@necom.org.au

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