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Music Therapist

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Music therapists use music to promote positive changes in emotional wellbeing and communication skills. They work with individuals or with groups of clients of all ages and abilities.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

As a music therapist with the NHS on the Agenda for Change salary scales, you would start on Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year. With experience this can rise to Band 7, £32,974 to £43,471 a year.

Principal music therapists are on Band 8a, £42,058 to £50,470 a year and Band 8b, £48,989 to £60,563 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2018. 

Outside the NHS your income would vary according to whether you were freelance or employed.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

This is a small profession and self-employment is common. Some music therapists work in the NHS but some work for local authority social work departments or voluntary organisations. Others are freelance and are paid fees rather than a regular salary.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1430
1.5 %
RISE
2023
1452
  United Kingdom
2018
21839
2.1 %
RISE
2023
22304

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT)
Tel: 020 7837 6100
E-mail: info@bamt.org
Website: http://www.bamt.org
Twitter: @musictherapyuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Association-for-Music-Therapy-BAMT/120448728033143

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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