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 Music Therapy Program provides individual and group music therapy sessions for children and adults with a range of needs in the following programs:
- Music Therapy Sessions
- Side-by-Side Choir at Armidale Secondary College Support Unit
- Ukulele Ensemble for people with special needs sponsored by Armidale Central Rotary Club
- Jacaranda Social Club community engagement program
NECOM presents individual and group music therapy programs for children and adults with disabilities, brain injury, age-related diseases. It also includes residential support work – the planned, implemented and evaluated individual and group music therapy programs for older adults with special needs; and working with children on the Autism Spectrum to improve communication, social skills, gross and fine motor skills and sensory integration.
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)
- Evaluation – an evaluation of whether goals have been met and any recommendations for future input
Many of our clients now access music therapy at NECOM using their NDIS funding, and we look forward to working with a wider range of people under this new funding structure.
As NECOM works towards meeting the goals in our Accessibility Action 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.