Music Therapy Explained

We have created a short video along with some simple comparisons below to help explain what music therapy is, where it is beneficial, and who it is used with.

Vibe Music Therapy

Vibe Music Therapy is a company based in Merseyside with bases in the City of Liverpool and the Wirral. We provide on-site music therapy services to a wide range of healthcare settings including, schools, (state and specialised units), private healthcare companies,(including centers for people living with physical/mental disabilities),the NHS, community projects and on occasion private clients including home visits.

Vibe music therapy take a person-centered approach, putting people first irrespective of pathology.

What is Music Therapy?


Music therapy allows people to express who and how they are through musical experiences.  By using a clinical perspective, aims may be facilitated and the subsequent outcomes measured through careful evaluation.

Many official definitions state that the purpose of music therapy is to create a therapeutic relationship with the client and while this is certainly the case, in real terms this is achieved though a client-led experience using musical instruments as a vehicle for expression to occur. Music therapy has been an established clinical profession for over 50 years. Early interventions were very much focused on special education needs, particularly Autism and there is a substantial amount of qualitative research to support the use of music therapy, making it very much an evidence based practice.

Today music therapy is used in a diverse range of fields including, Dementia, Neurorehabilitation, Palliative care, SEN, Mental Health, among many other settings where it has been proved to support well-being and development in a variety of ways.


To aid understanding of some common misconceptions of what people believe music therapy to be here are some facts about music therapy.


  • Music Therapy is a protected title in the United Kingdom.
  • To practice music therapy you need to have a MSc level education in music therapy.
  • Music therapists are registered health care professionals (HCPC registered).
  • Music therapists work in a diverse number of settings such as Hospitals, Day centres, Schools, Care centres for the elderly, Prisons and private homes to mention a few.


To aid understanding of some common misconceptions of what people believe music therapy to be here are some examples:


  • Playing a cd title ‘music therapy’ to a patient
  • Musicians performing to service-users
  • A student on placement playing an instrument to people at a care home
  • A choir performing to patients at a hospital ward

A very basic yet helpful analogy would be to suggest that music performance is like watching TV in that it is unidirectional. Music Therapy is more like the someone who uses the internet. It’s bidirectional as the person interacts with the ‘internet’ and the ‘internet’ feeds back information to the user.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”


Who Benefits

The benefits of music therapy are far reaching. Due to the flexible nature of how music therapy is applied it can be used with a number of pathologies with a set of aims and outcome measures that are tailored to the individual. At Vibe Music Therapy we recognise that pathology does not make the person and while there are areas that could be categorised by pathology, it really depends on the individual person.
Music breaks down barriers of illness or disability and allows people to make connections with each other. Music therapy exploits this in a way that allows person centered healthcare to be conducted in a way that actually treats people as individuals regardless of pathology.



Music Therapy is a professional and clinical vocation. It is a protected title by the HCPC, (Health Care Professions Council) and is adopted within the NHS. Music therapy is an MSc standard of accreditation and has many different areas of specialism including Music-Centered, Neurological and Person-Centered to name a few. There is a huge wealth of evidence to support the clinical application of music therapy and this is constantly being updated by clinicians of many medical fields from around the world. At Vibe Music Therapy we understand that the clinical evidence underpins our profession and have included some areas of research we think might be of interest including; Dementia PTSD, Mental Health, Depression, ASD, ADHD and many other non-pathology specific areas.

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Evidence Base (pdf) This document contains links to research on the effectiveness and importance of music therapy where people living with Dementia are concerned.

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Nice Guidelines

Mental Health

NICE Guidelines based on mental health and young people

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British Journal of Music Therapy

Mental Health/Dementia/Autism

The British Journal of Music Therapy is regularly published with up to date papers form many areas of research within our field.

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Nordoff Robbins

The root Organisation of Music Therapy

Nordoff Robbins have always been heavily invested in the professional development of Music Therapy in the U.K. The link will take you to their website where you can find out more about the organisation.




The cost of a Music Therapist varies depending on experience, specialism and geography. Typically music therapists charge a rate relative to talking psychotherapists although this can range from £30 to £55 per hour. The scale of the work involved and the number of people involved are also key to us to be able to produce competitive costing . This is just a guide and specific pricing is usually based around half and full day rates.

We are currently taking referrals for 2019. Please contact us by email or fill out the form below and we will get back to you promptly.


Contact Us


We service clients across the North West of England Including Merseyside, Cheshire and Wirral . If you have an inquiry, please feel free to contact us from the details below.

Liverpool, Wirral, Merseyside

0151 216 4407


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