Music Unlocks You
In celebrating the power of the group music therapy process (our theme for July) one of our Canadian Music Therapists made the news in this touching VIDEO
“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. When in a group music therapy session many opportunities to reflect upon our auditory diet and how we feel about sounds, silences, certain bands or styles of music comes up. 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 than when 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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