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, it goes to a new level – beyond listening to ‘nice music’.
In fact there’s a whole range of music listening – compare each line in this list (some examples in brackets):
- Hearing music in the background (eg: radio/TV)
- Listening to music someone chose for you (eg: playlist/CD)
- Listening to music you chose (eg: custom playlist)
- Listening to music created just for you (eg: live musician)
- Playing along with music created for you (eg: music workshop)
- Leading the music by something you do (eg: music therapy)
There may be others too – different levels of hearing and listening, passive and active – and each example is not limited to that line. For example, a radio DJ may play your favourite song – or a live musician may get you involved in their performance, singing with them or providing some rhythm. Each of these could produce a special moment: a tear in your eye or a big smile on your face.
Imagine developing that special moment to build music that’s personal to you and enables you to communicate beyond words…