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
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 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
I've just read this article about the internet and therapeutic boundaries, written by music therapist Ellie Ruddock. It's packed full of question, thoughts and insights around this topic and is particularly relevant to someone like me as I blog, tweet, etc. I highly recommend reading it - go ahead now, I'll wait for you back here :) It's… Continue reading Online and on the button
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…