Last Monday, I presented a paper at the International Mental Health Conference. I told them that I overvalued music therapy. Yes - it probably sounds a little bizarre to mention this to a room full of mental health professionals, but let me give you some context. About six years ago, I saw Dr Oliver Sacks present and one thing he mentioned was that "music therapy is either overvalued or undervalued." My thought to myself was, of course music therapy is undervalued, but I don'
Sometimes when music is on, the stop button can't be close enough. Often, people talk about music being something that helps them to feel better, but this isn't always the case. I can't give any 'diagnoses' or specific reasons for why this happens...but I thought I might open space for the conversation.
Some people have never been able to listen to music. It's just noise. For others, there was a time when music was a large part of their life, but for known or unknown reason
One thing that I always notice in my work - is that adults are often afraid to make music or sometimes engage in music therapy because they might get it wrong. Why? I mean as children we're always trying something new - making up our own games - unafraid. But something happens and we lose that courage to just have a go. Our education system is set up for us to get jobs and that there is a right way and a wrong way. So you either keep trying till you get it right or you get it