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?
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
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?