Sian Truasheim

M Mus Thy | RMT | NMT

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the strategic and evidence-based use of music to support clients to reach non-musical, theraputic goals. 


How does someone become a music therapist?

To become a registered music therapist in Australia, students currently study a minimum of a three year undergraduate degree followed by a two year Masters of Music Therapy. As part of this study, students then are assessed on their skills to become registered music therapists (RMTs) with the Australian Music Therapy Association. To maintain registration, music therapists much undertake continual professional development throughout their career.


What might happen in a music therapy session?

Music therapy sessions are planned individually according to the client's needs and music preferences, however, some interventions that are commonly used include music listening, instrument playing, song-writing, improvisation, musical games and singing.


What needs can music therapy address?

Music therapy can address needs across motor, communication, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural domains.


Where, and with what populations, do music therapists work?

Music therapists work in a wide variety of health settings, and their numbers are continually growing! Music therapists work in hospitals, special and mainstream schools, aged care homes, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, hospices, correctional facilities, disability services, community centres and in private practice. As such, their clients range from babies to older adults who may have physical and/or mental needs that they wish to work on.


What is the difference between neurologic music therapy (NMT) and regular music therapy?

To be a neurologic music therapist, music therapists need to undertake additional training through the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy, maintained at Colorado State University. 30 hours of training is undertaken initially, and then additional training music be undertaken every 3-5 years to maintain the qualification. Please visit the NeuroRhythm website for further explanation of the neurological processes underlying NMT.


What experience do I need to access music therapy?

No previous musical training or skills are required to access music therapy and to benefit from involvement in such a program.


What is the cost of music therapy from you?

Cost is negotioable according to services required, hours, and location.