Music Therapy

Belmore School currently employs one Registered Music Therapist (RMT) three days per week to design and implement the music therapy program. Each classroom participates in a one-hour group session every week. Based on therapeutic need, a small number of students also participate in 1:1 programs with the Music Therapist.

Aims and goals of the Music Therapy program:

The program aims to promote the students’ Independent Learning Program through the planned and creative use of music-based activities.

Specific goals can include developing:

Academic skills
Literacy and numeracy through music, concepts related to the Unit Of -Learning for each term (for example Weather, Transport, People in the Community, etc)

Communication skills
Including receptive and expressive, verbal and non-verbal, are often used in sessions

Motor skills
Gross and fine motor skills though instrumental play

Social skills
Appropriate social interaction with fellow students, including sharing, turn-taking, teamwork

Emotional skills
Giving students an opportunity for emotional expression, developing their sense of self-identity

Techniques used

  • Singing familiar songs
  • Writing original songs
  • Movement to music
  • Dancing
  • Instrument playing
  • Action songs
  • Sensory games and activities
  • Vocal play

The RMT also assists in the planning of special performances, programs, and excursions, including: In-house school concerts, Excursions to hear the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, other primary school choirs, etc., and visits to The SNAD at the Arts Centre.

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