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Music Therapist


Music therapists use the power of music to help people deal with feelings they cannot put into words.

You will work with people of all ages and use music to help clients through emotional or mental problems, learning and/or physical disabilities, developmental disorders, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions or physical illnesses.


Central to music therapy is the relationship you will establish with the people you work with.

You will need to have:

  • a high level of musicianship including improvisation skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • creativity, intuition and imagination
  • an ability to relate to people from all backgrounds and to provide a safe environment
  • flexibility, adaptability and openness
  • resourcefulness
  • a non-judgemental approach
  • emotional strength and resilience
  • sensitivity and maturity and to be able to reflect on their own emotions


You need to do an approved Masters degree in music therapy and then register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  You are likely to need a music degree. If you do not, you will be required to have an undergraduate degree or professional qualification in a relevant field such as social work or teaching. You will also have to demonstrate your musical proficiency. There are apprenticeship routes available.

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