We have an extensive range of careers including music therapist jobs here in our job section. Music therapists use music to help people with disabilities or those recovering from illness to express themselves. Clients are encouraged to use a variety of instruments and their own voices to create their own method of communication through music and thus become more aware of their feelings, interact better with others, and make positive changes in their lives.
Music therapist jobs require the completion of a postgraduate course accredited by the Association of Professional Music Therapists (APMT) and recognised by the Health Professions Council (HPC). Entry to an accredited course typically requires either a diploma or a degree in music. There is also the possibility for those with a degree in education or psychology, who have also achieved a high standard of musical competence, to be accepted on to a postgraduate course.
Additionally, students are expected to have experience working with children or those with disabilities - either through paid or voluntary work. Accredited courses are offered by a number of institutions, and welcome mature applicants. Many people turn to this as a second career from teaching or working as a professional musician.
Training involves a combination of course work - in psychology and theory of music therapy - and practical placements, working with adults and children in hospitals, schools and centres. Qualified practitioners are required to receive regular supervision from an experienced supervisor, and attend courses or work shops to continue their professional development.
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