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Music Therapy

Trained music therapist, Louisa Kelly, provides 1:1 and group music therapy sessions at Sage Gateshead.

We are also happy to have a conversation with you about music therapy taking place in the community.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a specialist use of music to help people. For some, it has physical benefits, for others emotional or social ones. It helps people feel more motivated, social and self-confident. Music therapy is of particular benefit to those who cannot or find it difficult to communicate with people and the world around them. For them, music can be a bridge to social contact.

In music therapy, music-making forms the basis of communication between the client and the therapist, both taking an active part in the sessions by playing, singing and listening. The client/therapist relationship is fundamental. Music therapy usually uses percussion or simple melodic instruments that can be played without any musical knowledge or the need to read music. Therapy sessions may include improvisation or prepared pieces.
For our clients, music reaches them in a way that nothing else can – offering a lifeline when they need it the most.

Who can access music therapy?

People of all ages – babies, children and adults – with a range of challenges including autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and, in some cases, participants have a life-threatening or terminal illness, such as cancer.

If you’d like to learn more about our music therapy offer Please email for more information.