Introduction to Music Therapy
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is undertaken by a qualified music therapist who seeks, through a mutually developing relationship, to assist in the remediation of specific emotional, physical (sensory/motor), social or learning disorders.
Through sensitive observation and subsequent choice of appropriate elements of music, the therapist aims to establish an interaction – a shared musical experience and activity – leading to the pursuit of therapeutic goals determined by the nature of the disorder(s).
The ability to appreciate and respond to music is an inborn quality in human beings. It is well known that this ability frequently remains unimpaired by disability, injury or illness. People who have difficulty in understanding their environment, or whose verbal communication is an inadequate form of self-expression, may nevertheless be stimulated by music and respond to it.
Music therapists seek through music to arouse and engage clients, to help them towards realising their potential. A client does not have to be musically talented to engage in Music Therapy. Music therapists practise in a wide range of environments, being employed by the NHS, Social Services, the Education Service, in prisons, etc., working with groups and individual clients who may have a wide range of disabilities.
Who is the Music Experiential Course for?
For students of the arts, sciences and social sciences, health care professionals, performers, artists, youth workers, teachers, care workers and anyone with an interest in finding out about the potential for the therapeutic healing art therapy offers.
The course may be useful for anyone considering doing a full-time Music Therapy Training – as a ‘taster’. It is also helpful for anyone wishing to know more about the use of music with special needs clients of all ages, who do not necessarily wish to become a professional music therapist.
Facilitator: Dr Angela Fenwick is a State Registered Music Therapist with many years of experience within a wide range of client needs. She has lectured world-wide in Music Therapy and holds a PhD into Arts Therapies from Birmingham University. In 1993 Angela founded BCAT. Angela is particularly interested in the relationship between ‘therapy’ and ‘therapeutic’ in musical practice. She is a Registered Supervisor, Adviser to teachers, carers, students and others involved in the field and runs specialist INSET courses as required.
Course Dates 2020
Monday's 22, 29 June and 6, 13 July
Monday's 2, 9, 16, 23 November
Fee: £80 per course