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
If you’re thinking of a career as a music therapist…
Professional training is at postgraduate level at all of the following institutions:
- Anglia Ruskin University
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama
- Nordoff Robbins – course validated by Goldsmiths, University of London
- Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
- University of Roehampton
- University of South Wales
- University of the West of England, Bristol
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.