Music Therapy is not about playing a maraca or shaking a tambourine!
“It’s difficult to put into words what’s happening, but I think that’s the way with music,” Klassen told the local reporter. “Every human has an innate musicality. Even someone who claims to not be a singer.”
And we do hear this a lot – “but I don’t make music” or “I can’t play.” And the simple beauty of music therapy is truly – you don’t have to. Music permeates many cells regardless of whether you are making it, or listening to it or just discussing it. During group music therapy there are many opportunities to reflect upon our auditory diet, and how we feel about sounds, silences, certain bands, or styles of music. These music concepts are a direct metaphor into our daily life.
A trained music therapist’s goal is to ensure EVERY group member feels confident and better at the end of the session compared to how they started. It is not about playing maracas or shaking a tambourine. It is about identifying how music reaches into your core emotional state and helps change it to where you want to be – less stressed, more motivated, less sad, more uplifted etc.
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Jennifer Buchanan, BMT, MTA is the happy owner of JB Music Therapy and Author of TUNE IN. Our “Music Speaks” Blog aims to inspire you to use music with greater intention and knowledge. Call us to help or and browse our resources here.