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.
**As of June 30th 2018 NMTSB is currently closed whilst director Rebecca Eager breaks for maternity leave** This website and the facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmtsbris) will be updated in future upon return.
***NMTSB is approved under the HCWA and NDIS funding schemes. 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.
Music Therapists from NMTSB are Registered Music Therapists (RMTs) with the AMTA, hold a Masters of Music Therapy degree and hold 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 we use music as a tool to meet non-musical goals to help individuals to become more independent and further engage in their community. All therapists from NMTSB are Registered providers with NDIS.
NMTSB was awarded “Best Class/Activity for Children with Additional Needs” in the International What’s on 4 Junior Awards 2016 and a finalist in the 2017 awards.