Happy new year 2019!

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!

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What’s this, why dis (ability)?

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)?

Video: Introducing instruments

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

Enjoyable music vs Expressive music?

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?