Music Therapy

Music therapy uses the expressive elements of music as the main way of interaction between you and the therapist. You don't need any experience of music to take part in this group.

How can Music Therapy help me?

Music therapy helps you with issues like isolation, social interaction and self-expression. It provides you with an encouraging environment where you can improve your social skills, motivation and self-esteem.

Who can go on this Programme?

Music therapy is available to in-patients of Cedar, Rowen and Aspen Units.

How can I get this Therapy?

Music therapy groups are ‘open’. If you want to attend you can if the medical and nursing staff agree that a group setting is appropriate for you.

Do I need musical skills?

You don’t need to have any previous experience of music to join a music therapy session. No. Most people who attend music therapy groups have no previous musical experience.

What is involved?

You’ll be encouraged to experiment with sounds using a wide variety of musical instruments. Each session starts with a welcome activity, often drumming, to focus the group’s attention.

The main part of the session usually uses spontaneous improvised music as a way of helping you to share some time with other people. You’ll have the chance to discuss the music you created together and any thoughts or feelings after each improvisation.

Sessions end with a final ‘farewell’ improvisation.

How long does it last?

Each session lasts for fifty minutes.

Who runs this Therapy?

Rory Adams has been convening the music therapy groups in Tallaght since January 2007. Rory is a qualified music therapist. He completed a postgraduate diploma in music therapy at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff (2005) and he successfully undertook a Masters programme in music therapy at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (2011). Sessions may be co-facilitated by a member of the OT team

When does it run?

Two music therapy groups take place on Wednesday mornings.

Is there a waiting time?

Each session is ‘open’. You don’t need a formal referral and places are provided on a ‘first come’ basis.