Music Wellness

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Music Therapy

All Ages

Health professionals who specialize in music therapy use music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of their clients. Music therapy is especially appropriate for clients diagnosed with autism to address their styles of speech and nonverbal communication skills. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, one of our licensed music therapists will provide the appropriate therapy that will include creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to music. Music therapy strengthens clients’ abilities and transfers them to other areas of their lives. It also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas: overall physical rehabilitation and movement, improved communication and socialization, increased self awareness and self confidence. It provides an outlet for expression of feelings as well as emotional support for clients and their families. Music therapy may be listed as an option on a child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Clients will begin with two assessment sessions to determine needs, goals and future action. Children 6 years old and younger will have 45-minute sessions; clients 7 years old through adult will have hour-long sessions. These two sessions will include time for our therapist to assess each client’s needs and abilities as well as time for written and oral discussion with the caregiver. These sessions will be at the fee rate.

Instructors can be found on our Faculty Page.

Body Mapping Private Sessions

One Hour Sessions with Jane Murray

Body Mapping is the practical application of anatomy to movement.

Musicians who are experiencing pain, injury or limitation (after consultation with a medical professional), can investigate Body Mapping as a means to address their symptoms.

In a Body Mapping session, students learn how the bones, muscles, tendons, nerves and joints work together to perform an action; learn to question their own concept of how they are designed (their body map) and, armed with the anatomical truth of size, structure, and function, learn how correcting inaccurate maps improves facility, ease and efficiency of playing and singing.

Note: All session scheduled individually.

Alexander Technique

This technique is a highly-effective method used to release tension and improve coordination. This technique is especially beneficial to musicians dealing with excessive stress, injury or pain, to enhance their performance skills. The Technique has helped generations of instrumentalists and singers perform with less stress, easing the likelihood of injury and improving the quality of their performance. In Alexander Technique lessons students are taught practical tools to improve their breathing and coordination to produce performances which are more fluid and less tense or rigid.

The Alexander Technique is included in the curriculum of a number of conservatories and university music departments including the Julliard School, The Royal College of Music in London and The Royal conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Note: Alexander Technique lessons are only offered to enrolled students, family members of students, orchestra musicians, faculty and staff.

Teacher: Mary Derbyshire