I decided to start the new year having some fun with musical instruments. Each day I'm playing something different - recording a short video and drawing a quick sketch of it. It's my latest involvement in "FunADay" - which I've been part of since 2014 - see my back catalogue here! 1 - drum kit… Continue reading Happy new year 2019!
This post is based on a tweet I wrote this week: i was discussing my #musictherapy work this week, the other person summarised it as working with "disability" - but I've never thought of it like that - in sessions each person is able to make music in their own way... — Ed (@Ed_Sings) August 29,… Continue reading What’s this, why dis (ability)?
Yesterday I had a late cancellation, and since all the instruments were laid out I thought I'd do a quick video introducing them and their sounds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osV1ZmhJiac Here's the 18 types of instruments introduced in ten minutes: 0:06 - Wind chimes 0:54 - Darbuka 1:19 - Bongos 1:49 - Frogs 2:41 - Cabasa 3:19 -… Continue reading Video: Introducing instruments
During music therapy sessions I regularly find myself thinking about the quality and purpose of the music we play. Particularly if there are tears or laughter during or between songs. Group members often display enthusiasm during a song: they express themselves loudly or quietly, vocally or with an instrument. Sometimes a group member cries, though… Continue reading Enjoyable music vs Expressive music?
When you make bread, there's a lot of kneading and proving before you get to bake it, never mind eat it . . . I've been practising recently, when you have the right ingredients, and spend enough time, the results are quite tasty: This week I became eligible to work as a music therapist -… Continue reading Well, bread
So I've finally passed MSc music therapy - after a couple of years study, and a couple of years planning before that. It's been a lot of work, it's changed my way of thinking (and making music), and it's developed me personally too... The qualification is just the start of the next part of this… Continue reading Onwards and upwards!?
Here's a thing: I usually talk quietly, but I often sing loudly... Maybe it's because a song has "known" words, they're (usually) already written, and there's a melody to go with them. The music helps a lot in this area. Talking with friends the other day about songs I love, I said it's usually the… Continue reading Talking and singing
(Back to Blog after summer break - none for months, then two posts in a day!) As I begin second year of university training in music therapy, I often find myself explaining the subject to people I meet - it still seems to be a little-known field... here are snippets from conversations: it's like using music as a tool… Continue reading Music therapy, what’s that?
Having heard about Cochrane reviews, and knowing how respected they are, I was intrigued to see a Cochrane Review tagged "Conclusions changed" and entitled Music interventions for improving psychological and physical outcomes in cancer patients. With the growing body of research, it appears music therapy is now recommended for inclusion in cancer care, compared to a few years… Continue reading Conclusions changed for music therapy – Cochrane Review
Back in 2013 Kim Ross wrote: "Why we shouldn't try to prove that music therapy works" - this article has rung a few bells for me recently, particularly after digesting a range of music therapy research articles... There appears to be a difference between seeking proof and gathering evidence. Working in an evidence-based way, one gathers research results, trials, experience and puts them into… Continue reading Music Therapy: Evidence & Proof