Music therapy

Learn more about music therapy.

Music Therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing. Music therapists incorporate a range of music making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship. Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.

Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background (AMTA, 2019)*.

The Music Therapy Service at Monash Health forms part of the Music, Art and Child Life Therapies Department and is committed to providing an integrated, patient-focussed service to optimise health and wellbeing across the lifespan. We currently provide service in in-patient and community settings at five Monash Health sites in the areas of paediatrics, adult mental health, adult rehabilitation and GEM, adult palliative care, and at-risk disadvantaged youth.

Services Offered

Using a variety of music therapy methods, our team of qualified music therapists creatively address the psychological, developmental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of patients and their families. Music therapists receive referrals for patients who may need support with:

  • Distress and anxiety management
  • Agitation and confusion management
  • Pain management
  • Medical procedures
  • Parent /child attachment
  • Developmental support
  • Mood/emotional support
  • Adjusting to a chronic illness or treatment
  • Physical and Psychosocial rehabilitation


Music Therapy Paediatric Stream: 03 8572 3003

Music Therapy Adult Stream: 03 9265 7643

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