My name is Sam Scott and I am a qualified and board-certified Music Therapist. After years of playing music in bands and working at Our Lady & St Joseph as a music specialist, I trained for two years at postgraduate level to acquire the skills needed to work with children therapeutically with music.
Music Therapy is an evidence-based psychological intervention used to enable expression. The sessions are confidential and information between members of staff and parents will only be disclosed when appropriate.
The aims of every child vary and the outcomes can be different each time a child comes to the therapy room. The sessions are 30 minutes long and will usually run for one term. After this, the child’s needs will be revaluated with the SENco and relevant staff members.
Music therapy is a therapeutic experience not dissimilar from counselling. I am trained to engage with children musically and verbally and, as I am qualified as a mental health practitioner, the benefits can be similar.
The possibilities with Music Therapy are endless! Most notably I have observed the development of confidence and self-esteem in children. I have also noticed children develop a greater sense of community within groups and improved engagement in the arts.
No! While a great deal of writing has emerged surrounding the benefits of using music therapy with children with disabilities, anyone can attend Music therapy and the sessions can revolve around anything from friendships to football! The mental health of children is paramount and Music Therapy can offer anyone a chance to talk and play in the presence of a trained therapist.
Absolutely not! Music therapy takes what the child already has and builds on it. From listening to music, to playing drums, singing, songwriting and dancing, music therapy intervention does not rely on musical skill to be effective.
Not every session will involve music. Sometimes we may use art or play to develop the expression of emotion with the aim to eventually make the interaction musical.
Everybody is musical in some way and when words fail, music speaks. If you believe your child could benefit from this please be in touch through the school office.