What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is used in medical, educational, rehabilitative and everyday environments to address physical, emotional, cognitive, communicative, and social needs of individuals and groups. It is an easily accessible medium as it is not limited to specific age groups, cultural groups or mental states. One does not have to be considered “musical” or be able to play a musical instrument in order to benefit from Music Therapy. In a typical Music Therapy session various musical techniques such as improvisation on a variety of different non-melodic and melodic instruments, singing, and composition and song writing are implemented to ensure that social and personal issues are being addressed and that the music is used to the benefit of the individual or group member.
What does Music Therapy offer?
· Stimulating motor co-ordination skills
· Integration of auditory, visual and kinesthetic stimulation
· Improvement of self-confidence and self-esteem
· Improvement of social skills
· Improvement of listening and memory skills
· Interventions for behavioral problems
· Teambuilding workshops
· Overall enjoyment and opportunity to be self-explorative and self-expressive
· Intervention for trauma and post-traumatic stress
· Interventions for bipolar depression, eating disorders and other related mental illnesses
· Emotional support for learning difficulties related to disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder etc.
· Mother-infant bond strengthening
· Emotional support for parents of premature infants
Who can benefit from Music Therapy?
A person engaging in Music Therapy does not need to be a musician; even a severely disabled person can find ways of expressing and interacting through music. as it offers non-verbal opportunities to address and respond to a person’s communicative needs, even if their ability to communicate has been impaired.
Music therapy in South Africa
Music Therapy is an established health care profession in South Africa. All music therapists graduate with a Masters degree in Music Therapy and are registered with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa).
For more information about Music Therapy in South Africa visit: www.samta.co.za
About Hermi Viljoen
Hermi is a HPCSA registered Music Therapist specializing in special needs for all ages. Music therapy can assist with the following: learning problems, behavioral problems, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, social adjustment issues, mental or physical disabilities and many more.
Currently Hermi runs music therapy groups for young sex offenders at the Teddy Bear Clinic for abused children. She also has her own practice in Faerie Glen and Centurion in Pretoria where she runs individual and group music therapy sessions.
Hermi has a passion for music and the effect it has on one’s social engagements and mental health. She firmly believes that every person has the ability to participate musically in a positive and productive manner. Music can be a non-verbal communicative tool that allows anyone to be self-expressive and self-explorative. Music also enables one to access the joyful and playful parts within oneself.
Contact Hermi via cell 060 620 8630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org