Music Therapy

"Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient."

~ Yehudi Menuhin

“Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.

Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university trained professional who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.

Music therapists incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.

Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.” Source:

Music allows individuals to participate, engage, learn, celebrate, and interact through music.

Music therapists assist in ensuring that people of all ages and abilities can benefit from music engagement to the fullest extent possible.

Demographics can include those in aged/dementia care, those with a life limiting illness, people with unique needs or suffering mental illness.

Melbourne Sports Institute Music Therapists are actively registered Music Therapists, registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association. 

Our staff hold a wealth of experience in the profession and have been involved in both clinical supervision and professional development as required by the Australian Music Therapy Association. 


A music therapist will meet with the client and/or family at the initial consultation to take a relevant health, music history and areas of sport interest.

Before performing a thorough evaluation session with live music, the therapist may wish to explore the client’s or family’s expectations of treatment.

You won’t need to bring anything because the therapist will bring a guitar and a variety of instruments/resources.

Following the session, the therapist will share their findings with you and offer advice on how music therapy might help the client with their health or rehabilitation.

We understand that each participant has differentiated needs, challenges and targets for which they want to achieve through music therapy.

In this process we work with the client to determine specific and measureable goals that we intend to achieve throughout the program.

Unlike music lessons, the goal is not necessarily to emerge from the therapy with higher musical talent, but rather to meet the goals set – which can be everything from increasing one’s self-esteem, to developing a set of social skills or improving motor movements.

When will sessions occur?

Individual agreements may dictate whether music therapy sessions are held weekly, fortnightly, or less frequently. The number of sessions needed for a music therapy program is determined on an individual basis and is based on whether or not the participant is making progress towards their goals.

Where will sessions occur?

We come to you! Our qualified music therapists will provide all appropriate equipment for your session.

What activities will take place during sessions?

Our programs engage with participants who share a passion for both music and sport! We will use the “sounds of the game” as a basis for the music and will tailor to suit your desired sport/s.

Depending on your needs and goals, you can expect to participate in the any of the following activities during music therapy:

  •        – Sport Song Singing
  •        – Team chant singing
  •        – Therapeutic instrumental instruction
  •        – Public music performance at sporting events
  •        – Music-assisted relaxation
  •        – Replication of sports noises through instruments
  •        – Improvisation
  •        – Structured drumming
  •        – Structured and unstructured improvisation
  •        – Playing instruments (including adaptive instruments)
  •        – Songwriting
  •        – Playlist construction
  •        – Song sharing & lyric discussion (making it up together)
  •        – Music activities/games for development
  •        – Memory recall exercises
  •        – Mindfulness exercises
  •        – Music aided bonding/attachment

At predetermined program milestones, the development of the participant will be measured and evaluated.

This will be a collaborative measure in which the music therapist, participant and the participant’s family/guardian will discuss what worked well and what further areas of improvement are required in order to reach their goals. 


The following are areas in which music therapy has proven to aid NDIS participants in:

To find out more about our Music Therapy services at Melbourne Sports Institute, submit a request on the form below.

After submitting the form below, we will be in touch to organise a consultation with our management team who will determine your individual needs and how to best facilitate your request.


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