Services

 

The services we provide reflect a commitment to improving lives through the power of music.

Music Therapy

Individual Music Therapy

Individual Music Therapy is a regular, one-on-one session with an Noro RMT, that combines music techniques with evidence-based therapeutic activities to achieve individual goals.

We have an exceptional record of helping clients with additional needs, including:

  • Physical and intellectual disabilities
  • Early Intervention
  • Mental health conditions
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Dementia and ageing
  • Family relationship difficulties
  • Stroke and brain injury rehabilitation.
Individual sessions create a strong connection and positive engagement between a client and their RMT, who use live music techniques to guide and improve communication, confidence and outcomes.

Individual Music Therapy sessions are highly interactive, and can include:

  • Singing
  • Playing instruments
  • Dance
  • Songwriting and recording
  • Performing and listening
  • Talking about music.

Noro Individual Music Therapy is available at all our clinics.

Supported Music Lessons

Supported Music Lessons are instrument lessons for clients with additional needs. Taught by experienced music tutors with enhanced teaching skills (and are very patient), students learn technical and theoretical skills on their chosen instrument and work towards performing, reading, notation, composing and/or improvising.

Aged care

Music Therapy and Aged Care

Living in an Aged Care facility can be an isolating and emotionally trying experience. The power of Music Therapy to promote interactivity, social inclusion and wellbeing can improve the quality of life for residents in care facilities.

We provide a range of programs for individuals and small-to-medium groups. We also offer larger community music groups with a general focus on participation and enjoyment. Residents enjoy a range of musical expression including:

  • Singing favourite songs
  • Learning new songs
  • Playing instruments
  • Dancing and exercising
  • Writing songs together.

 

Some groups enjoy a specific focus, like a choir or a ukulele band.

Our specialised aged care approach incorporates ongoing evaluation, documentation and consultation with residents and facility management to make sure our programmes continue to meet their needs.

 

Music Therapy and Dementia

Our favourite songs, especially those we sang over and over in our teens and 20s, stay with us. This enduring connection with familiar songs can unlock positive memories and enliven participants who often enjoy sharing these memories with others in the group. The power of music to bring joy to someone’s life even though they struggle to engage with those around them, is one of the great gifts to give.

 

School Programs

Primary School Programs

Music Therapy in schools promotes social inclusion and wellbeing, helping children recognise, understand, communicate, and manage their emotions. It also incorporates music and drama to help address any specific needs.

We offer programmes for individuals and small-to-medium groups in the school environment. Noro also provides whole-classroom programs focused on emotional management and expression. Students can express themselves via singing, dancing, writing songs, movement, playing instruments; to build confidence in their interactions with each other.

Our Music Therapy programs align with different Key Learning Areas in the curriculum including English, PDHPE, and Creative Arts.

Music Therapy and Mental Health in Primary Schools

Learning how to understand emotions, expressing these with classmates and adults, and regulating emotional responses are skills fundamental to a person’s well-being. Music Therapy research has identified that the most children find it easier to express emotions through music; creating a positive environment for social interaction that helps develop emotional intelligence.

School programs lead to an increase in confidence in the classroom, decreased anxiety levels in the group, and better understanding of how others express themselves.

“I notice when people who aren’t in my grade are sad or upset, I play with them to make them feel better. I wouldn’t have done this before MT classes.”

Aiden, STAGE 2 STUDENT

Noro Schools Programs

MEXA

MEXA stands for Managing EXpressing emotions and Anxiety. This program focuses on concepts of Resilience, Regulating and Levels of Emotion from 1 to 10. The twenty-week program features musical activities aimed at identifying, expressing and adjusting emotions.

Noro Pre-School Programs

MECpro

(Move, Explore, Create)

MECpro’s inclusive program is tailored for preschool children with additional needs. The program is optimised to support individuals with autism, behavioural difficulties, and other additional needs within a group setting. MECpro is unique in providing mentoring and guidance for early childhood professionals to impart musical and practical skills, ensuring that the benefits of music are evident long after the program has ended. Children benefit from their carers integrating music into their daily life at preschool. Social and communication skills are built and fostered through musical group interaction at a crucial time in the child’s social development.

“The students have started to identify the emotions of characters in the picture books by reading facial expression and other nonverbal communication. ”

Jacquie, STAGE 1 TEACHER

Noro Online

Our newest platform, Noro Online, uses interactive technology to deliver a seamless and engaging music therapy experience without a music therapist having to be physically present.

Using hi-definition, pre-packaged music therapy content delivered via quality, easy-to-use sharing platforms we can create structured, yet flexible content tailored to a client’s specific needs; and progress.

Whether it’s a one-to-one session or group program, Noro Online takes the power and benefit of music therapy to a new level, and to new audiences.

Noro Online is deigned to maintain and grow the relationship clients have with their music therapist, even in situations where face-to-face access is impractical due to distance or quarantine.

And we continue to expand the program’s content, so whatever a client’s age or circumstance, there’ll be an easily-accessed Noro Online product that’s right for them, and available to suit their schedule.

Importantly, Noro Online simplifies and assists the program process for aged care and adult disability providers and carers.

To find out more about Noro Online, you can request your Digital Information pack here.

Community Music

At Noro, our community music programs are designed to bring people together to their support health and wellbeing. All ages and abilities are welcome, and no musical experience is required.

We believe everyone should be able to access, participate, create, and enjoy music, which is why we ensure our programs are inclusive and celebrate diversity.

Under the guidance of our team of friendly, adaptable and experienced facilitators, Noro Community Music programs provide the opportunity for participants to explore their inner musician and reach their unique potential.

 

Our Community music programs include:

 

Pre-school Music Club

A variety of musical activities are utilised to encourage early childhood development and positive child and parent / caregiver interactions.

The program also supports confident parenting and social connection in a safe and fun way with other parents / caregivers.

 

Primary Music Club

An inclusive group-based activity for primary school aged children with appropriate music based activities used to enhance social, emotional and physical learning.

These groups are a great way have fun, promote expression and make friends.

 

Adult Music Club

An inclusive group-based activity for adults with disabilities, musical activities are used to ensure participants have fun, fully participate, express themself and make friends.

We also find that these groups provide some great informal opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect with each other, with some groups actively encouraging parents and caregivers join in, providing a great opportunity for a shared experience.

 

Group Drumming

A physically active group-based activity where rhythm based activities are used to energise, socialise and have lots of fun.

Groups can be run as a team building activity for organisations, to assist people with mental health or children and adults with disabilities / behavioural challenges.

The physical and emotional benefits from drumming are immense.

 

All Abilities Choir

A group singing-based activity that’s accessible to all community members, regardless of capacity or musical ability.

Group singing is particularly good for fostering collaboration between participants, and provides a unique opportunity for families with varied abilities to participate in an activity together.

Group singing quickly forges social bonds, particularly valuable in today’s often alienating and online-centred world.  There is an abundance of evidence to support the improvements in physical and emotional health that result from group singing.

 

Benefits of Community Music Programs

Connection 

Reducing social isolation through shared musical experiences and establishing trust by working together. Connection also promotes general health and wellbeing as participants feel part of a community.

Creativity   

Providing an avenue for self-expression through music improves self-esteem, enabling participants to communicate their thoughts and feelings in a safe dynamic.  Creativity also promotes meaningful connections to others through shared experiences.

Confidence

Learning new skills through group music making builds self-awareness, confidence; and empowers and encourages further achievement.

Social and emotional learning

Working together to achieve group goals requires participants to understand and express emotions; building a deeper understanding of self and others in doing so.

Delivery modes

All of Noro’s community music programs can be delivered face-to-face, online or combination of both (where some participants are face-to-face and some connect to the group online). Our goal is for participants to be able to participate, regardless of location, transport or other restrictions that prevent them from accessing face-to-face services.