"Music plays an important role in our everyday lives. It can be exciting or calming, joyful or poignant, can stir memories and powerfully resonate with our feelings, helping us to express them and to communicate with others.
Music therapy uses these qualities and the musical components of rhythm, melody and tonality to provide a means of relating within a therapeutic relationship.
In music therapy, people work with a wide range of accessible instruments and their voices to create a musical language which reflects their emotional and physical condition; this enables them to build connections with their inner selves and with others around them. Music therapists support the client’s communications with a bespoke combination of improvised or pre-composed instrumental music and voice, either sung or spoken."
- British Association for Music Therapists (BAMT), 2019
Music Therapists are highly trained allied health professionals (AHPs). Music therapists hold a Masters degree in Music Therapy and have a high level of musicianship and skill. Many will have studied music at a university or a conservatoire before undertaking Music Therapy training. They are clinicians as well as artists.
Like other arts therapists (such as Art and Dramatherapists), qualified Music Therapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This national regulator holds a register of health and care professionals who meet their Standards of Proficiency and who are bound by their Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
The title 'Music Therapist' is a protected title by law and only those registered with the HCPC can use it.
Registered Music Therapists undertake Continuing Professional Development to ensure that they are aware of new clinical developments and research that can support and enhance their practice. They must also have regular clinical supervision to support their practice.
All Bloom Music Therapists are fully insured and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.