Music Therapy

Music Therapy at Forest Approach Academy

Sophie Dawson is the Music Therapist at Lime Academy Forest Approach. She works on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday and provides individual and small group Music Therapy along with Interactive Music Making sessions within the classroom.


What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is a psychological therapy which uses the unique qualities of music as a means of expression and interaction between therapist and client. Music therapy is a client-led intervention and encourages shared musical experiences by using accessible instruments, voice, and body expression so that people can communicate in their own musical language, whatever level of ability. Improvised music is used frequently in the sessions to respond to the client’s movements and sounds.

Music Therapy can support people with communication and emotional expression and impact positively on cognitive, sensory, and motor functioning. The sessions offer an opportunity to explore thoughts and emotions in a safe and contained environment.


How can Music Therapy help?

Music Therapy can facilitate development in a number of areas, including emotional well-being, behavioral, cognitive and physical needs.

Music Therapy can also help to develop:

  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Emotional expression
  • Concentration and Attention
  • Confidence and Self-esteem
  • Positive behavior

Individual Music Therapy

These sessions last for 30 minutes and are held in a designated Music Therapy room in the school. Pupils are seen on an individual basis or in a small group depending on their needs.

Referrals to Music Therapy come from a member of the teaching staff. The pupil will then have an assessment session to determine whether Music Therapy will be an intervention that suits their needs. An assessment report will be written and sent home to parents/carers and held on file at school. This report will detail the aims of the therapy and the pupil’s use of the first sessions.

Pupils will usually be seen for a term or longer. At the end of the therapy the therapist writes a final report which evaluates the progress made by the child. This report is sent home and kept on file at school.

Interactive Music Making Sessions

These sessions are conducted in class groups. The sessions focus on encouraging social interaction through music and also give the pupils a chance to express themselves using different instruments and voice. The sessions use structured musical activities and last for half a hour.


Contacting the Therapist

Sophie Dawson is our Music Therapist at Lime Academy Forest Approach. She works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at the school during term time. She is happy to answer any questions you may have about Music Therapy and how it may benefit your child. Please leave a message with the office or contact her by email if you would like to either arrange a visit or speak via phone.

Sophie.dawson@hornbeamacademytrust.com