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Music therapy

credit to Scarborough newsMusic therapy uses interactive music making to meet the needs of people of all ages whose lives have been affected by illness or disability.

Music therapy can build confidence, develop social skills, improve dexterity and help to process emotional or psychological problems.

Music therapists work with the power of music to communicate and to change lives. Instruments, voices and sounds are used in music therapy to build a trusting relationship where issues can be explored with the support of the therapist.

There are various models of music therapy which have developed in different settings over the last 60 years. Music therapy is an established Allied Health Profession and all music therapists are required to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

To see what we have been doing, download our illustrated Annual Review published in 2014.

Who can benefit

There is evidence to show that music therapy can be beneficial for a number of conditions, particularly those which impact on a person’s ability to communicate. Music is a powerful means of expression and can help people with such as:

  • mental health problems;
  • developmental delay;
  • autism;
  • physical and learning disabilities;
  • acquired brain injury;
  • Alzheimers and other dementias.

Where we work

Our team provides weekly individual and group music therapy sessions in schools, clinics, hospitals and homes. We are based in Old Malton and most of our sessions are delivered within a 50 mile radius of the office.

If we are unable to meet your needs, we have links with self-employed music therapists in other parts of North Yorkshire who may be able to help. You could also contact the British Association for Music Therapy ( who will publicise your request in their membership bulletin.


We take referrals from GPs and other health professionals, teachers and parents.

If you think that you, or a family member could benefit from music therapy, please get in touch and we'll send you a referral form.