Vasudha Harte has worked as a Music Therapist in various settings since 1994: Early Intervention, Special Education, Community Health, Aged Care and Hospice in Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast, Singapore, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby. She is a graduate from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music (Therapy) and currently conducts individual sessions in the Byron Bay area. To book a session or for more information please make contact here.
Music Therapy is…
the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and well-being, and may address physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals within a therapeutic relationship.
music therapy focuses on meeting therapeutic aims, which distinguishes it from musical entertainment or music education. People of any age or ability may benefit from a music therapy program, regardless of musical skill or background.
A Music Therapist…
assesses individuals and groups to identify abilities and needs.
develops goals and objectives that address the individual needs of clients.
selects and employs appropriate musical techniques, methods and activities, combined with a well designed and planned therapeutic process that will achieve program aims.
regularly evaluates sessions to ensure effective program outcomes.
Music Therapy in Education
Students may benefit from Music Therapy in many areas such as:
Cognitive (learning difficulties), behavioural, emotional, physical co-ordination, social, communication
Objectives that may be addressed via music therapy:
Teach or rehearse specific academic information
Reinforce desired academic behaviour
Promote social and emotional development
Improve communication skills
Improve gross and/or fine motor co-ordination
Provide support for music education
Provide a leisure activity
Music Therapy Activities:
Playing instruments, improvising, song writing, singing, movement to music, listening to music, reading music symbols, drawing and writing to music.