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What is Music Therapy? How does it work? Can we use our NDIS plan to fund music therapy? All your questions are answered here.

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What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.

You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from music therapy. Qualified music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the client.

Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age, ability or background. They work across the full age spectrum from newborn children through to older adults.

Music therapy can help support people of any age who might be experiencing challenges (including mental, intellectual, physical, emotional or social) or wishing to improve their well-being.

Music therapy is often used to address a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, behaviour, communication and movement including:

  • Autism

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Anxiety

  • Cancer

  • Depression

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Eating disorders

  • Personality disorders

  • Physical disabilities

  • Dementia

  • Stroke

  • Spinal cord injury

  • Neurodegenerative conditions.

ref: Australian Music Therapy Association



A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is a music therapist who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). To be eligible to register with AMTA, a Registered Music Therapist needs to complete a certified university course in music therapy and maintain their skills through ongoing professional development as approved by the AMTA.

Currently in Australia, music therapy training is at a master's level and courses are offered at The University of Melbourne and The Western Sydney University.  The course is two years full time.

To enter the master's course, students must have completed an undergraduate degree in music or a related health profession with demonstrated high level musical skills.

At Octave8, our resident Music Therapy Co-ordinator holds both a Master's Degree in Music Therapy and Full Registration to the Australian Music Therapists Association.

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The NDIS can provide all people with a disability information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, therapists, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

Music Therapy and the NDIS

Registered Music Therapists plan, facilitate and evaluate music therapy programs tailored to your needs, to help you achieve your health and well-being goals. They use evidence-based techniques to address a range of cognitive, behavioural, communication, physical and, socio-emotional goals.

To ensure the best outcome for you, your music therapist may work with your health care team of family members, carers and other health experts like Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and Speech Therapists.

How to access music therapy under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Music therapy is provided as an allied health service under Capacity Building - Improved Daily Living. Capacity Building supports help participants to increase their skills for independence in daily, practical activities such as language and communication, personal care, mobility and movement, interpersonal interactions and community participation.

Music therapy is considered a ‘therapeutic support’ in the NDIS.

If you have funding for ‘Improved Daily Living’, you can choose to use all or part of your funding for music therapy.


Your music therapy has to:

  • Be provided by a Registered Music Therapist.

  • Be considered a reasonable and necessary service.

  • Help you reach your NDIS goals.

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Please contact us here to register your interest and we will be in touch with you. You can receive music therapy with us as a private student or via NDIS funding. Please contact us for pricing. If you already have an NDIS plan in place please enclose this with your email.