An insight into how therapeutic music workshop is used within groups and individuals.
How making music together works?
It allows humans to translate emotions and psychological processes into expressive music in order to release feelings, understand them and heal. It empowers, rebuilds or creates a healthy relationship with oneself and with other people. It is an alternative method of communication or expression, where words are not an option or are just too heavy to carry – music always finds a way to express them.
What are the aims of the therapeutic music sessions?
The goal is to bring out a client’s creativity in order to develop positive changes in behavioural, emotional, physical well-being and improve interpersonal skills, empower.
It can include:
developing communication and social skills, boosting creativity and its ways to find suitable and different solutions;
facilitating a client to manage difficult feelings, traumas;
addressing challenging behaviours;
building confidence, self-esteem, self-acceptance;
encouraging self-motivation, concentration, coordination and self-regulation, relaxing.
How does it work?
At first, our aim is to provide a safe and secure space with a variety of instruments, using music as a platform to communicate anything that needs to be said. Clients can openly express themselves there, explore, interact, speak, or try to find the meaning behind the sounds and music they create. At the therapeutic music session, there is no right, or wrong way to create the music! It is about all kinds of freedom and a non-judgemental environment allowing to find and follow an individual creative way, witnessing others at the same time.
Through the whole process, in this accessible way of musical expression, a client can develop awareness of feelings, traumas, unblock hidden emotions, understand them, release them, relax, and find ways to build a healthier and meaningful life outside of the session’s room.
What we might do?
An exemplary activity we might be doing during the sessions.
Free improvisation together, using different kinds of instruments – percussion instruments, keyboards, recorders, guitars, ukulele, or voice (we provide a wide range of own instruments or work on what’s at a client’s place).
Favourite tracks sharing, listening and discussing personal stories that connect with, re-writing them with own words.
Vocal sessions – warm-ups, holistic voice therapy – an approach to the voice as a healing tool, with some body movement and visualisation. Listening to favourite tracks, singing together, chosen by a group (or individual) songs that clients connect with. Recording it, listening back, reflective discussion about the feelings behind it.
Writing your story, creating your own song/group song + recording and producing together, learning the basics of music production if applicable (we provide a PA system and mobile recording equipment).
Preparing a short show/performance for the public or just residents at the end of our agreed number of sessions.
Creating a group podcast – giving a voice to your stories.
Creating multi-discipline play (performance), a combination of songwriting with art activities: telling a story + music/song + simple plot + visual representation, with art activities and drama.
Every session is delivered based on a client-led approach, equal time for all (group), non-judgemental listening and responding, no one is forced to do anything.