Do you need to have musical skills to do music therapy?

No, you do not need to have musical skills to participate in music therapy. However, you do need to have some musical skill to start music lessons.

What should I expect in music therapy?

Clients will be involved in interactive music-making with the therapist. This may include singing, movement and playing musical instruments. Sessions are 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the needs of each client. Please do not hesitate to ask the therapist about what is happening during the session, but we would appreciate it if this is done after the session ends rather than during the session.

How many music therapy sessions will be needed?

The length of therapy depends on the goals and how clients respond to the musical intervention. Sessions are conducted on a weekly basis. Some clients attend for 1 – 2 years and we develop progressive goals as each client achieves new milestones.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a client is unable to attend a session we ask that you give us 24 hours’ notice. Email or call us and we will do our best to find an alternate time. A 50% cancellation fee is charged if less than 24 hours’ notice is given.

Can I use my ‘Helping Children with Autism’ (HCWA) funding for music therapy?

Yes, Sound Expression is part of the Autism Assist Consortium and music therapy can be accessed through your HCWA funding. To do this, we need a copy of your HCWA Letter of Offer and a referral letter from your child’s psychologist, occupational therapist or speech pathologist.

Please note that cancellation fees cannot be claimed through HCWA – you will need to pay cancellation fees privately.

Can I use my NDIS funding for music therapy?

Yes, Sound Expression is a registered NDIS provider. You can access our music therapy and music lessons through your NDIS funding regardless of whether you are self-managed, plan-managed or NDIA managed.

Please note that only 2 cancellation fees for music therapy can be claimed through NDIS. You will need to pay the remainder privately.