Group Music Therapy sessions typically last between 30-90 minutes, although this can vary depending on the size and demographic makeup of the group. Music Therapy groups can be open, closed, or semi-open/closed. Music Therapy groups can enable people to gain a sense of identity, ability, freedom, as well as facilitating meaningful communication and connection between people of different languages and cultural backgrounds. Through participation in a Music Therapy group, group members might be enabled and empowered by being listened to and heard in musical terms, and connected in music making with others. Here are a few examples of what such group sessions may look like:
- Care workers who experience burn-out can find opportunities to build resilience and inner resources through guided music listening and sharing these experiences.
- People living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia may have opportunities to interact with others in a creative social space by singing known songs and improvising to familiar melodies.
- Youths living in disadvantaged socio-economic neighbourhoods with limited or no opportunities for musical engagement may have the opportunity to sing in a choir, play in a marimba band and perform at a community concert.