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Frequently Asked Questions


What happens in a music therapy session?

Someone coming for music therapy can expect to find instruments in the room and will be encouraged by the therapist to explore them and to use music as a communication and a way of building a therapeutic relationship. Our music therapists have training in musical and therapeutic skills and will provide support and encouragement using her or his music. Have a look at our videos to see music therapy in action.


Do I need to be able to play an instrument to benefit from music therapy?

No, you can relate to the music therapist through experimental playing, singing or movement and the process will be effective. There is a beneficial impact in combined music making which helps to bring about change.


I'm not sure about music therapy, can we have a taster session?

We generally assess people for the suitability of music therapy. Three sessions usually give the client (and/or their family) a good understanding of the process of music therapy and the therapist enough information to write a short report including aims for therapy.


What are your rates?

Our rates vary according to whether we are travelling to you but typically, an individual session costs £42 + travel expenses. For the cost of groupwork, workshops, lectures and reduced rates for "Music, My Voice" projects for children, please contact us.


What area do you cover?

Our music therapy service extends to Scarborough and Filey on the coast, the North Yorks Moors and around the Malton area. When we get requests for music therapy in other parts of the county eg York, Harrogate, Catterick or Skipton we pass the enquiry on to colleagues living more locally.


Can we get music therapy on the NHS?

In North Yorkshire, it is rare for music therapy to be funded by the NHS. However, it's worth discussing with your GP as they may have funds available for access to psychological therapies. Music Therapists are Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), like Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists and are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.


I am thinking of becoming a music therapist, can I come to the centre to shadow a therapist?

We can offer you introductory days where you can find out more, but unfortunately not shadowing or placement opportunities unless you are training for an MA in Music Therapy. Most of our work is in the community and for reasons of confidentialilty it generally doesn't work to have people shadowing our therapists. You may like to help us fundraise - and discover more about music therapy in the process!


Where can I find out more about music therapy and music therapists?

We hope our website provides the information you need - do get in touch if there's anything else you'd like to know.

You could also visit the British Association for Music Therapy website where you will find lots of information and a search facility to locate therapists in your area.