Singing familiar songs can provide a catalyst for intellectually and emotionally stimulating discussions;
Improvisational song-writing can help create a framework for mirroring and supporting the client's stories and emotional states;
Instrumental improvisation can help the client communicate non-verbally, when words are not accessible.
Music psychotherapy uses music within a therapeutic relationship to sustain, restore and/ or improve emotional, cognitive and physical health. Music is a powerful tool when working with older adults who suffer from memory loss as musical idioms and songs trigger memory and its accompanying emotions.
A range of techniques can be used depending on the strengths and needs of the client: