Music therapy is a multidisciplinary field of study, encompassing subjects such as psychology, special needs education, musicology and healthcare combined with music. One key objective is to develop skills in communication and social interaction through musical instruments, the voice and human presence. Improvisation plays an important part in both the musical and the interpersonal interaction.
Music therapy is both rewarding and challenging, and the department offers a hands-on practice arena. Music therapists often work with vulnerable people and people who find themselves in challenging circumstances. They may suffer from learning difficulties, dementia, addiction or other physical or mental health issues.