I love working with people in music therapy. It is a privilege to find ways to engage a person and groups in music, creating music together. A trusting relationship is key; music is the context to provide therapeutic experiences, eg. being listened to, emotional expression or movement.
Exploring a person’s connection to music may be through listening, singing, movement, song writing, improvising, playing percussion and other instruments, for example. Music Therapy is tailored to individual needs and capacities; my approach is to provide a safe, playful and manageable place where the person is honoured.
My Music Therapy Interests:
I enjoy working therapeutically with children, where music play is paramount; and music games can develop readiness for learning.
I am very interested in working with people impacted by autism, affirming strengths and working with sensitivities.
Music engages many areas of the brain, and in therapeutic music, a person can gain fresh experiences of themselves.
During 2014, I worked in groups with people who have “come alive” in music sessions. Increased interactive behaviour and self expression were seen outside the music therapy sessions.
I am interested in Community Music Therapy, where a goal is to enable participation within one’s social group.
Group singing and folk dancing, piano tuition, and foundational music education.