On Saturday I went to a gig nearby. It was a relatively small show, with a few local bands, and an audience of about 50 people. Before I headed out, I nearly didn't go, it was a cold night & there's always the option of staying warm at home. But I'm so glad I went:… Continue reading Live Music is a Power-up
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
Here's a great book I've been reading recently, particularly the last three chapters about Winnicott, psychodynamic meaning and why people choose to become a therapist. Mercedes Pavlicevic writes with clarity and passion, bringing the subject to life with fresh thinking and real-life examples. Here's a couple of excerpts to whet your appetite... In music therapy,… Continue reading Music therapy in context – book recommendation
Exciting times, right now there's a global randomised controlled trial of music therapy with children on the autism spectrum - known as TIME-A (Trial of Improvisational Music therapy's Effectiveness for children with Autism) More than 360 children aged 4-7 are involved already, and the first results will be available in mid-2016 - the largest research of… Continue reading TIME-A: trial of music therapy with autism
Here's a few of the books I've been reading: some are specifically about music therapy, others are about related subjects. They're listed in the order I came to them - and many more will join the list, perhaps in a future post... Music Therapy: Intimate Notes - Pavlicevic This was recommended to me when I first began… Continue reading Books books books
There are many documented cases where music impacts people with dementia, somehow re-awakening long lost memories. It appears speech and music are handled by different areas of the brain, and songs learned early in life will be retained when other faculties have gone. Here are just a few quotes from articles around this subject - and there's… Continue reading Dementia and music therapy
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?