Music experiences involve and develop a child on a neurological, physiological, sensory, emotional, cognitive and aesthetic level. In music therapy, a child participates in “making music”, either on an individual basis or in a group.
- Music creates a safe, non-threatening environment conducive to therapy and learning.
- Music is a pleasurable and attention gripping experience.
- Music is a strong motivator throughout the learning process.
- Music is a structured reality that induces organised, structured behaviour.
- Music is non-verbal communication and offers the opportunity to express emotions and relate to others without words.
- Singing and playing wind instruments (whistles and recorders) facilitate speech development.
- Music experiences can easily be adapted to suit any functional level, supplying a successful experience and thereby improving self-esteem.
- Music and movement provide an orderly integration of auditory, visual and kinesthetic stimulation.