There are many approaches to music therapy. This is because music can be used in various ways, and each therapist crafts their approach to reflect their beliefs about health care and music therapy. Below I’ve shared my approach, to help you understand my work.

The Music-Client-Therapist Relationship

Kerry's Approach

This diagram represents music therapy: music + client + therapist = music therapy.

Musics Role

-elicit a response
-emotional expression
-fun / enjoyment
-practice modality
-safe risk taking
-way to interact

Clients Role

-expert about themselves
-needs, wants and desires lead the sessions
-self responsibility


Therapists Role

-focus on potential rather than on disorder
-meet the client where he/she is and step-by-step, in a developmental way, lead them onwards
-provide a meaningful experience
-respect for the client
-use of eye contact, listening, respectful touch (e.g., hand shake)
-use of behavioural techniques: contingent music, modelling, positive reinforcement, prompting and cueing, shaping



Pre-Music Therapy Training:
-classical composition (music)
-Orff music education

Initial Music Therapy Training:
-behaviour/cognitive music therapy
-developmental music therapy
-music medicine

Training Integrated into My Practice:
-community music therapy
-humanistic influences (D. Amir, C. Lee, A. Oldfield, C. Schwabe, C. Sekeles)