What is a Music Therapist?

Music Therapist Job Description

Music therapists are responsible for using music to creatively help their clients address social, emotional and physical problems.


They seek to establish a shared musical experience in the pursuit of therapeutic goals, as determined by an understanding of the client’s pathology and personal needs.



Typical Job Duties

• Help client develop increased sense of self-awareness

• Confer with client in order to communicate therapy objectives

• Take active role in sessions by performing music and singing

• Plan, implement and review therapy sessions in order to monitor their effectiveness and make improvements for future sessions

• Encourage clients to participate actively in sessions by singing and playing instruments

• Obtain client’s consent to record the therapy session

• Facilitate positive changes in the client’s behaviour and well-being

• Liaise with other professionals such as nurses, psychiatrists, physicians and other



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