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!?
(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
A few months ago I read this book "Playin' in the Band" (Kenneth Aigen), with accompanying DVD, it's a detailed case-study from the 90's featuring Lloyd and his music with two music therapists at Nordoff-Robbins New York. In the DVD excerpts from sessions spanning several years you can see relationships develop between Lloyd and the music therapists as they play a range of rock,… Continue reading Playin’ in the band…