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Music therapist

2nd July 2019

To be a good music therapist you need to have…

  • a high level of musicianship
  • skills in improvisation and the ability to use music expressively
  • listening and observational skills to help understand your clients’ needs and issues
  • the ability to empathise with clients of all ages and wide-ranging needs
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • patience

If you’re thinking of a career as a music therapist…

Professional training is at postgraduate level at all of the following institutions:

Visit the HCPC website for a current list of approved courses. Graduates from these programmes are eligible for HCPC registration. Once qualified, you can also join the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT) as a practitioner member.

If you’re not a music graduate, you’re required to have an undergraduate degree or professional qualification in a relevant field such as social work or teaching. You’ll also have to demonstrate your musical proficiency.

To get onto a level 7 apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

Other useful links

Health Careers – Music therapist

British Association for Music therapy

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