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Music Therapy


Music plays an important role in our everyday lives. It can motivate, soothe and inspire us. It’s a way to connect with ourselves and to communicate with others. As human beings, music is a universal medium that helps us with a variety of skills such as concentration, confidence, awareness, socialisation and learning.


According to the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), “Music therapy is an established clinical discipline which is widely used to help people whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disability.” Music therapy is utilised in schools, hospitals and other organisations.  It has been applied for the purposes of education, recreation and healing from as early as 400 BC.



Music Therapy and Dyslexia


Music therapy has many benefits for students; particularly dyslexic pupils.  For example, studies show a link between dyslexia and timing deficits. Music therapy helps to develop auditory and motor timing skills, which promotes  linguistic and phonological development.

Also, by developing auditory and motor timing skills, music therapy helps improve language acquisition and spelling.


Other benefits of music therapy include:


  • Improvement in temporal processing ability

  • Improved emotional development

  • Development of communication skills

  • Improved self-esteem and confidence

  • Increased creativity and expression

  • Increased socialisation

  • Increased motivation

  • Stimulates physical movement and communication

  • Improves sensory integration


The Moat School’s music therapy sessions take place during the school day and can be offered on a one-to-one basis, in a group or with family or staff members present. Sessions are tailored to each pupil’s individual needs and can include:

  • Song writing

  • Singing

  • Musical acoustics

  • Playing instruments

  • Improvising

  • Listening

  • Rehearsing and performing


Overall, music has enormous benefits for the mind, body and brain.  We would be happy to discuss our music therapy programme with you further and answer any questions you may have.