Music Experiential Therapy Course
Start date: Spring term 27 April (10 weeks)
Autumn term 28 September (10 weeks)
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: The Friends Institute, Highgate
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, as she saw the need for a Centre which was able to offer access to all four arts therapies within one organization, bringing all the advantages which synergistic and cross-cultural working can bring, both to clients and to those who wish to study the arts therapies further. She is now Director of BCAT and a practicing Music Therapist, Parish Church Organist, piano and singing teacher, wife and mother!
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.
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?
This experience is not for those who require personal or individual therapy, however individuals draw upon personal experiences throughout the group.
It is 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.
At the end of the course, a Certificate of Attendance is given, which may be counted towards Continued Professional Development (CPD). The Course does not act as a Music Therapy Qualification in itself.
What will the Music Therapy Experiential Course Offer?
Over the ten weeks, group members will be able to explore the structures and processes of music therapy within a ‘safe’ place. You will have a chance to use a variety of musical instruments within the context of a group setting, also view videos of music therapy sessions and have lively discussions about theories and techniques employed.
At the request of individual group members, the relevance of music therapy techniques to a particular client group may be discussed in greater detail. Practical ‘demonstrations’ or simulations may assist the understanding of such issues.
The experience will be creative, powerful, exciting, dynamic, frustrating, awakening, surprising and fun!
What is required of Group members?
Come with an open mind and be prepared to join in. No group member will be asked to do anything that they are not comfortable or happy to do. Respect of confidentiality will be expected from all group members.
Group members are expected to attend all ten sessions unless unforeseen circumstances arise, in which case the BCAT office should be informed at the earliest opportunity.