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PRESENTED BY: COURTNEY RADBROUNE, BMT, MTA SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 An Introduction to Music Therapy.

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1 PRESENTED BY: COURTNEY RADBROUNE, BMT, MTA SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 An Introduction to Music Therapy

2 OVERVIEW Introductions: Courtney Radbourne, BMT, MTA What is Music Therapy? Becoming an Accredited Music Therapist What do Music Therapists Do? Where do Music Therapists Work? Benefits of Music Therapy in: Mental Health, Geriatrics, Stroke Victims, and with Children Music Therapy Techniques Music Therapy Session Example: Song Writing Focus Summary and Questions Resources Thank You!

3 INTRODUCTIONS Courtney Radbourne, BMT, MTA From: originally from Stittsville, currently residing in Kanata Education: Attended Acadia University – 4 year Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree Degree Focus: Intensive course load that concentrated on both music, psychology, and clinical experience Completed 1000 hour Music Therapy Internship- June 2007 with the Music Therapists of Lanark Area- private practice Achieved MTA (Music Therapist Accredited) Status in March 2009 Started her own private practice this year “The Healing Song”

4 WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY? Music therapy is a medium for change. It helps the client re-connect with themselves and forms a healing relationship with the music therapist. This relationship is created and enhanced through the use of music and musical elements. It takes one’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health into account. Goals and Objectives are created and designed to concentrate on each person’s needs and developmental area of focus.

5 BECOMING AN ACCREDIDTED MUSIC THERAPIST ● To become an accredited music therapist in Canada by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, requires a four year Bachelor of Music Therapy degree, or 2 year Certificate Program degree from a recognized institution of study. ● A 1000 hour internship must be completed upon graduating from an institution. The end result of the internship is peer review of ones work before accreditation is granted

6 WHAT DO MUSIC THERAPISTS DO? ● Within clinical planning, music therapists’ assess, evaluate, research to implement a variety of activities that involve that are based on needs of the client(s): receptive music listening, lyric discussion, imagery and music, rhythmic movement, music performance, song writing and composition, singing and instrument playing, as well as vocal/instrumental improvisation. ● Skillful purpose

7 WHERE DO MUSIC THERAPISTS WORK? Medical and Psychiatric Hospitals Rehabilitative Facilities Out patients clinics Day Care Centres Agencies serving developmentally disabled persons Community mental health centres Drug and Alcohol Programs Long Term Care Facilities Correctional Facilities Halfway Houses Schools Hospice Programs Privately Music Therapy has the adaptive ability to work with all ages, physical and cognitive abilities, there is no musical training required.

8 BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY IN MENTAL HEALTH Can be used in a wide range of treatment programs due to its flexibility Increases concentration Increases relaxation Increases socialization and awareness of others Creates a diversion from neurotic concerns or obsessions Music can evoke thoughts and feelings that allow us to become more aware and connected to ourselves and our environment It can help to test ones perceptions in supportive environment Problem solving skills develop Creates an uplifting mood experience It can increase motivation to cope with life situations Appropriate and successful involvement in a group activity Offers structure Appropriate use of leisure time Group/one-to-one session settings

9 BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY IN GERATRICS Works both sides of the brain Improves memory and concentration Maintains and restores cognitive function Maintains and restores Gross and Fine Motor function Orients in the here and now Increases socialization Offers choice Increases self-esteem Aids in communication and self-expression both verbally and non-verbally Creates opportunities for leadership roles and turn taking Creates an awareness of the self and others Increases physical fitness One-to-one and group session settings

10 BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY WITH STROKE VICTIMS Re-store and maintain communication abilities both verbally and non-verbally Aids in gate and motor ability training Works both sides of the brain Aids in speech development Offers choice and normality Motivates through positive experience Outlet for self-expression Promotes relaxation Increases socialization One-to-one and group session settings Offers choice

11 BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY WITH CHILDREN Behaviour modification Orient in the here and now, weather conditions Is able to aid in speech development Increases communication skills Increases self-esteem Develops fine and gross motor abilities Opportunity to learn an instrument Opportunity for leadership roles and turn taking when in a group setting Can assist children in learning how to brush their teeth, how to cover their mouths when coughing, and what foods they should eat through directive songs. Increases physical fitness Provides an outlet for creativity Increases self-expression and communication both verbally and non verbally Offers choice

12 MUSIC THERAPY TECHNIQUES Music Listening Lyric Discussion Relaxation Techniques Song Writing Improvisation Singing and Playing Instruments Recording Music and Movement

13 MUSIC THERAPY SESSION EXAMPLE ● “Hello Song” Song Writing: “She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain”- (adding lyrics/improvising) Appropriate for Geriatrics, Stroke Victims, and Children Song written from a familiar melody- “Garden Street Site” melody of “House of the Rising Sun” Appropriate for Mental Health and Stroke Victims “Good-bye Song”

14 Garden Street Site Explain the process Am C D F, Am C E7 x2 There is a place in Brockville, they call the Garden Street Site, And its been the saviour of many a poor soul dear God I know I am one Now I am just a poor girl, I have an unfortunate tale I used to have my freedom, down in old Brockville I had a house and job and a car, I could travel down the road, my freedom was so wonderful, I could even scratch my nose My life has been a slippery slope, I fell so very fast, one day I was feeding myself the next I was being fed Those around me don’t get me here, as I lay in this hospital bed, I’m desperate to find my way out of here but it rests in God’s hands

15 SUMMARY Music Therapy does not require any previous musical training It is flexible and adaptable to all ages, abilities, and backgrounds-music touches us all It offers choice to those participating in sessions There is skilful purpose Music Therapy can occur in a variety of settings One-to-one and group session settings are offered It enhances the quality of life It brings about a positive change in people Are there any questions or comments?

16 MUSIC THERAPY RESOURCES  Canadian Association for Music Therapy website:  American Association for Music Therapy website:  Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy website:

17 THANK YOU! The Healing Song Music Therapy Services “A Voice for Everyone” Courtney Radbourne, BMT, MTA (613) 325-1661 Thank you for your ears!

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