£31,365 Starter - £44,503 Experienced
37 to 39 a week (evenings / weekends occasionally)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeship
You'll need to do a postgraduate course in music therapy accredited by the British Association for Music Therapy.
You should have a degree in music, although a degree in education or psychology may be accepted if you've got a high standard of musical ability.
You'll also need 1 or 2 years of paid or voluntary work experience to apply for a postgraduate course. Examples of work include mental health, education, special needs or social services.
You'll usually need a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study.
You may be able to do an arts therapist Level 6 (degree) apprenticeship.
You'll usually need a qualification and experience in art, drama or music to apply.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship.
You'll need paid or voluntary experience of working in the community, in youth work, or with people with disabilities or mental health issues.
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice. You'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council. You could try an introductory course in music therapy to get an idea of what this work involves. Some universities and music colleges offer these courses, as well as the British Association for Music Therapy.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- knowledge of psychology
- knowledge of the fine arts
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
What you’ll do
Depending on where you work, you may help clients:
You may work in group and one-to-one therapy sessions with clients who have:
- express themselves through sound and music
- develop insight and creating ways of relating to other people
- become aware of their feelings
- interact with other people more confidently
- bring about positive changes in their lives
You may also
write case notes
evaluate the effectiveness of therapy.
- learning disabilities
- emotional, behaviour or mental health problems
- speech and language difficulties
- an injury or illness
- recovering from an addiction
You could work in a therapy clinic, in a prison, in an NHS or private hospital or at a school.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become self-employed and build up your own practice, or move into teaching.
You could also become a senior music therapist and manage a team of therapists or music therapy unit.