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Through the use of music, Able music therapy provides a community based service which aims to encourage communication, participation, socialisation and self-expression to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.

Why music therapy?
Research has shown that music provides a range of therapeutic benefits in the areas of psychological, physiological, social, emotional and cognitive function.

Needs that can be addressed in music therapy:

  • Relaxation, enjoyment and/or interest
  • Provide individuals with a creative outlet
  • Enhance physical, sensory and cognitive skills
  • Encourage interaction with others
  • Assist with mobility and motor skills
  • Provide an outlet for expressing frustrations or grief
  • Help motivate an individual develop new skills
  • Build self-esteem and empowerment.

Who can benefit from music therapy?
Music therapy is available to persons of any age or ability regardless of musical skill or background. A fee is charged for music therapy services.

What does Able music therapy offer?
Music therapists design sessions that assist participation in shared musical experiences such as:

  • Singing
  • Instrument playing
  • Movement to music
  • Listening to music
  • Song writing.

Able music therapy provides group and individual sessions, program consultancy, assessment and evaluation of individual client needs and case management.

All Able music therapists are highly skilled musicians with training in the behavioural sciences who have completed an accredited university course in music therapy, and are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association.

Where are music therapy sessions held?
Able Australia offers music therapy services for a range of health and community sectors and settings:

  • Able Australia facilities
  • Disability
  • Aged Care
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Neighbourhood houses
  • Day Services
  • Special Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Private homes
  • Community residential units
  • Other facilities and organisations.