Just lately one among my purchasers mentioned to me, “You understand, I can sit at dwelling and hearken to music on my own. However it’s so significantly better after I try this right here in your workplace with you.” So let’s unpack that just a little bit and be taught what makes music remedy totally different from merely listening to music– and what units it aside from conventional ‘speak’ remedy.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
As a board licensed music therapist, I’m extremely educated and extensively educated in understanding music and the way it impacts us emotionally, physiologically, mentally, and spiritually. Due to my in-depth data of music, I understand how to make use of it to finest handle your particular person wants and considerations. I even have 25+ years of expertise working in quite a lot of totally different settings with a variety of purchasers. If it helps, you possibly can consider me as a musician and a therapist rolled into one. Music remedy classes are usually a mix of speaking and enjoying/listening to music. How a lot we do of these issues relies on the shopper and what they want that day. For those who’re not a musician or haven’t performed an instrument since your days in center faculty band (if ever!) no worries! Bear in mind, I’m the educated musician right here. That’s my a part of the job.
What on earth does my workplace need to do with something? It may be troublesome to permit your self to really feel susceptible and share your innermost ideas and emotions with somebody you barely know. I perceive that. That’s why I’ve tried to create a cushty, welcoming workplace house for music remedy classes. There’s a non secular idea referred to as ‘holding house.’ That merely means an setting has been created the place somebody can freely expertise their feelings in a protected and non-judgmental means. I’ve tried to try this by way of making my workplace really feel extra like a house. I additionally consciously attempt to convey to my purchasers a way of acceptance and unconditional constructive regard. Moreover, my workplace doesn’t have the distractions you would possibly encounter whereas listening to music in your personal dwelling. You’ll have the ability to focus solely to what we’re doing musically in my workplace in ways in which you wouldn’t have the ability to whereas listening to music by yourself at dwelling.
We will all hearken to and luxuriate in music by ourselves. I like sitting and listening to the entire thing when one among my favourite music teams releases a brand new album. There’s nothing improper with that in any respect! However take into consideration this– isn’t it a greater and richer expertise when you possibly can hear with one other fan of that very same group? You may level out stuff you hear or lyrics you want. Or you may make statements like “wow, I can’t wait to see them carry out that in live performance!” All of a sudden, it turns into deeper and extra significant since you’ve shared that have with another person who additionally ‘will get’ it. That’s a part of what makes music remedy so impactful– it’s a shared expertise. We will focus on the music collectively and speak about what we hear, the way it makes us really feel, the reminiscences it evokes, the feelings it stirs up. It creates a connection and an understanding. Additionally, there are occasions after we don’t have the phrases to specific how we really feel, however music can. That is very true for these instances after I play devices with my purchasers. Generally, beating on a drum is one of the best expression!
So for those who’re inquisitive about how music remedy would possibly find a way that can assist you, be happy to contact me. I’m at all times comfortable to reply questions!