Imagine you can't talk, you have no words to say, you don't know if you could say them even if you were able. But you can hear, you can feel, you can make sense of a happy tune, you can tap a rhythm and hear it echoed back to you. In this way, you can… Continue reading What, no speech? How about music instead?
Here's something I hadn't thought about very much before - how can music help the people who care for someone close to them? Staff at Nordoff-Robbins recently studied this in relation to dementia, read further in the links below. Stating the phrase "music therapy contributes to the support of carers' needs", 63% of family members agreed, with lower… Continue reading Music to help carers
Music is one of the two reasons I came to music therapy. The other is a desire to help people. Those two can combine to provoke emotions or movement, where people create music together. That's a key aspect of music therapy: it can be interactive, not just a one-way performance. When people get involved in making music,… Continue reading The power of playing music
Mirroring in music and therapy In music you could mirror some notes, a phrase or rhythm - reinforcing a particular sound from the other person, letting them know you hear them, and allowing them to lead the music. In therapy you may mirror a posture, action or behaviour - showing empathy for a person, being affected by… Continue reading Mirror mirror…
As part of your studies and qualification in music therapy, you go on placements - and ahead of this you need professional indemnity insurance... It sounds daunting, but it can be taken care of pretty simply. Be sure to do this well in advance of your placement - and let your educational establishment know too!… Continue reading get insured!
To kick things off, here's a couple of websites I find useful - both based in North America: Guitars and Granola Bars - Podcast, featuring interviews with music therapists, get an insider view of the job! MusicTherapyEd - Website, with online courses and videos, learn from people already doing it. plus, there's a growing list on our… Continue reading A couple of great online resources for music therapy