Regardless of whether you are working with children in groups or individually, music can change a child’s life.
The students of Emily Follensbee have multiple – what the world would call challenges – but really are strengths. Strengths of character, clarity of emotion and a determined work ethic (most anyway – they are kids for goodness sake). Through improvised music these students have the opportunity to demonstrate their gifts.
The use of improvised music in an improvised manner is the cornerstone of music therapy. London based music therapist, Mercedes Pavlicevic states “that music improvisation has always been. Before music was notated, oral tradition ensured that songs and pieces were kept alive through performance, and each performer added something distinctive to the music, which transformed it, albeit subtly” (1997, p.73)
By: Jennifer Buchanan, BMT,MTA, Author of Tune In
Featured: Shannon Robinson, BMT, MTA, Vice President, JB Music Therapy