A Time for Power and Development

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Music on the frontlines to me, is an opportunity to step away from the isolation. An opportunity to expertise one thing significant and produce about alternatives of rehabilitation the place time has stood nonetheless. Human connection can nonetheless be achieved six toes away with a barrier of a masks and even miles away by way of a display screen. The phrase neighborhood is one thing I take into consideration each time I enter a facility in particular person or on-line, figuring out we will all make a distinction collectively is empowering and one thing I’ll always remember throughout such an essential time of world historical past. 

 

A difficult half about being a music therapist is preserving the creativity contemporary and flowing. In a time the place elements turn into restricted, resembling not being in particular person, not with the ability to are available shut contact, not with the ability to sing and many others. It turns into a necessity to be versatile, assured in modifying and implementing new concepts at any time when challenges come at you. Nonetheless, this has additionally created alternatives for development and energy. 

 

First time I met Daniel (pseudonym) , I may inform straight away he had skilled many alternative seasons in life. For each season he had a narrative. Not solely did he have a narrative however a gifted option to share probably the most tiny however impactful particulars of it. I realized concerning the many encounters he made with folks within the place he grew up, the assorted roles he performed in every surroundings and what that was like for him. As he was telling every story, it felt like I used to be proper there with him. In each element, he had a selected tune. By the top of the session, we had performed about 5 completely different tunes that expressed precisely how he felt in each story. After each tune, he would breathe out an enormous sigh. Some sighs felt like an enormous weight off his shoulders and others felt extra like he shocked himself. He all the time had one thing to say on the finish of every tune and after his large sigh. Typically he would say, “I attempted so exhausting to not cry all through that entire tune that I needed to shut my eyes.” Different factors, he exclaimed “wow, I can’t consider I remembered that.” We have now had a few classes collectively and he has expressed hardship being within the new facility for a couple of months. Oftentimes, music will be an escape.

 

Written by Leah Callao, MTA

 

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This weblog put up was written for our #MTOnTheFrontlines collection, which can proceed to function many tales from our 30 years on the frontlines of music remedy. Collectively we are going to discover the completely different locations (constructive outcomes), journeys (processes), and the corporate (our shoppers)  we now have saved alongside the best way.