We currently have a team of five music therapists working from the East Scotland centre in Edinburgh. The centre provides an accessible and quiet base for individual and small group music therapy sessions, workshops, presentations and meetings.
Music has the power to affect us in different ways. It can be stimulating or soothing; stir our emotions and memories, comfort and inspire. We use music therapy to help people with a range of conditions including learning disabilities, neurological disorders, life-limiting illness, brain injury, cerebral palsy, mental health issues, trauma, stroke and dementia. Music therapy uses music to break down barriers caused by illness or disability.
Music therapists are trained to use music to connect to and build a relationship with a person who may be withdrawn and isolated as a result of their physical or mental health condition. In some cases, music therapy can be particularly effective when a person has complex needs and cannot be easily reached in other ways. Every person responds differently but typically music therapy improves quality of life, confidence, communication and reduces anxiety and isolation.
A music therapy session lasts up to an hour and may be one-to-one, or in small or large groups. When appropriate, family members, friends or carers may also join a session. The music therapist aims to encourage the client to interact through music by playing different instruments, singing, using music apps on an ipad, joining in with familiar music, making up music on the spot (improvising), moving different parts of the body, writing songs and rehearsing. Everyone’s experience of music therapy is different because every person is different.
The therapist sets clear aims and objectives for the music therapy, often in conjunction with the person taking part, their relatives or carers, and other professionals. These aims can change over time, as the work progresses and the therapist will always work flexibly and be led by the client. The format that the music therapy takes will also develop, according to the needs of the individual.
WHO CAN MAKE A REFERRAL?
Anyone can make a referral for themselves, or a family member or carer Health care professionals, therapists, teaching staff, support workers can all make referrals.
HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form and return it to the centre. We will then contact you to let you know that we have received your referral and then be in touch as soon as a place is available.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO MAKE AN ENQUIRY, PLEASE CONTACT:
Janet Halton, Country Manager Music Services, at email@example.com, Tel: 0131 629 6363
PARKING AND ACCESS
- Car park available immediately outside the building
- Full disabled access