Music Therapy Update:
Following Scottish Government guidelines, due to COVID-19, our music therapy service was suspended in its usual format in March 2020. Patients continued to be supported by phone during this time. In June 2020, all music therapy sessions were transferred to the virtual platform “Zoom” or continued by phone. Individual sessions therefore currently take place in your own home/space with a link to the music therapist here at the hospice. Group sessions are in collaboration with the Day Service programme. Both adults and children (of all ages via our Sunflower Service) can access music therapy online.
We are surrounded by music. You might have already experienced music today – perhaps you’ve heard a song on the radio, watched a performance on TV, or simply had a good sing in the shower! We’re all familiar with the profound effect music can have on us. It has the power to access our deepest emotions and memories, re-energise us and soothe the soul.
Music therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention which is delivered by qualified music therapists to help people of all ages whose lives have been affected by illness or injury through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. It can help in many clinical situations, particularly where communication is difficult due to illness, injury or disability.
Everyone has the ability to respond to music, and music therapy uses this connection to facilitate positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication through the engagement of live musical interaction between therapist and client. By developing a relationship with a music therapist, people accessing the hospice can also be helped to adjust emotionally and psychologically to living with and managing their condition, to express emotions and support their communication and relationships with others. Playing and listening to music has been demonstrated to improve physical strength and coordination, attention, memory and problem-solving skills. Vocal improvisation and singing can help with speech, improve pronunciation and breath control.
|Who is it for?||When is it available||How many sessions?|
|Patients and carers/family members||Weekly on a Wednesday or Thursday by appointment following referral- CURRENTLY ONLY ONLINE OR BY PHONE.||Typically, 12 weekly sessions are offered (8 for children). (One off and ad hoc sessions also available in our in-patient unit plus live music)|