What happens in a session?

In a session, it is the interactions between the therapist and the client that help to establish a therapeutic relationship. The exact nature of a session depends on the client's condition and personal needs, however, interactions can be encouraged through the following activities (they are just samples of what could happen):

  • improvisation

  • vocal Interactions

  • learning to play an instrument

  • song writing

  • listening to music


A session can range from 30 - 60 minutes. There will also be time prior to the session to set up and some time after to make notes.


Before and after a period of music therapy sessions


Before a period of therapy begins, two assessment sessions are carried out. They are to assess the suitability of therapy and for gathering information about the client for planning a suitable therapy programme.  


A period of therapy sessions will be determined depending on the needs of the client and is subject to change. Feedback may also be given to the clients where appropriate. During this period, if it is on-going, informal feedback may also be given to the client's parents, carer or teachers. The therapist is able to attend meetings if a client is referred from an organisation, e.g. schools, day centres, hospital. 


Written records after each session are kept for analysis and tracking development of the client's condition. With the client's/carer's consent, audio or video records may also be kept. All information about the client is confidential and is only shared to the appropriate parties with the client's/carer's consent.


A report will be given after a period of completed music therapy sessions.