Music therapy is an interpersonal process in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. It is carried out by a trained professional who has undergone postgraduate training in music therapy. Like other allied health professions, it follows a process of assessment, intervention and evaluation. While music therapy is an evolving profession in Ireland, it is well established internationally, where music therapists are often key members of the multi-disciplinary team.
Through the medium of music, music therapists can address social, emotional, cognitive (knowing, thinking, reasoning), physical, and communication needs. As music is a core component of our being, the skilled use of music can be a medium which reaches people where other interventions have failed.