- Leslie Bunt
The use of sounds and music within an evolving relationship between child or adult and therapist to support and encourage physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Music has long been used as a healing force to alleviate illness and distress, but the specific discipline of music therapy developed only in the middle to late 20th century. There are differences within and across countries as to what specifically constitutes music therapy. In some ways the term itself is misleading, given that music therapists are not helping to develop a person's music, as might be implied by analogy with physiotherapy or speech and language therapy. Music therapy is not about developing musical skills or teaching people to play an instrument, though these may be unintentional by-products of the therapeutic process. Therapy implies change, and many definitions refer to the development of therapeutic aims and the dynamic processes that are at the core of a therapeutic relationship as it evolves. The provision of a safe and consistent space where these processes can take place is considered by most experts to be paramount, and it is important for sessions to happen on a regular basis and ideally at the same time of day. These boundaries allow for a feeling of trust to be established between client/patient and therapist....