“Using” vs “Working-In” Music in Music Therapy? Huh? Is there a Difference?
Dr. John Carpente's Developmental Music Health Blog
Just jotting down some quick notes/thoughts on a topic that continuously pops up for me as a clinician, supervisor, and educator: the concept of music being used versus music being worked in in therapy. One word treats music as a thing, and the other as a verb. For me, the differences are pretty significant, and are a critical factors in establishing my identify as a music therapist. The purpose of this post is to flesh out some questions and encourage dialogue. These ideas, thoughts, and questions are….See the entire blog at our new home! And don;t forget to subscribe!
“Kopshy says that at its core, music therapy capitalizes on the innate healing properties of sound. “Our brains are designed to respond to music, and we just take advantage of that,” she says. It’s not for everyone, but it can be particularly helpful if a patient has an affinity for music. “It’s motivating, and music is cool and fun for kids.” Music has universal appeal, and therapists like Kopshy are working to apply that versatility to help people overcome their struggles through engaging in music.”
This story highlights music therapy with autism by University of Oregon students, Jayati Ramakrishnan, Tiffany Han and Jiaqi Ye.