Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is the therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor dysfunctions due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system (Thaut, 2005). NMTSB applies neuroscience and music perception and production research to address issues in individuals with neurologic differences such as autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury. Neurologic Music Therapists are qualified music therapists who have completed extra training in NMT.
***Music Therapy is approved under the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Here is some further information about NDIS and music therapy should you need to share at your planning meeting.***
Music Therapy Information:
Music Therapy is an allied health profession practiced in over 40 countries around the world. In Australia, music therapy is recognised by the Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), the national peak body for Allied Health Professions. To practice music therapy in Australia you must be registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA), abide by AMTA’s code of ethics and maintain regular continuing professional development. Music therapy has been recognised by the National Disability Insurance Scheme for inclusion under the support cluster of ‘Capacity Building’ supports and under this, Improved Daily Living (‘Early Childhood Supports’ and ‘Therapeutic Supports’) – to facilitate functional improvement through adjustment, adaptation and building capacity to participate in the broader community.
Rebecca Eager is a Registered Music Therapists (RMT) with a Masters of Music Therapy degree and additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). NMT uses specific standardised techniques based on the neuroscience research of music perception and production to work on areas of sensorimotor skills, communication and cognition. In other words NMT’s use music as a tool to meet non-musical goals to help individuals to become more independent and further engage in their community.