In this episode of the music therapy round table podcast, we’re going to encourage you to think about your music therapy tools of the trade in a similar manner. Maybe some of you already do. Is this to develop some odd, unhealthy relationship with our material implements? No, it’s so that we get a better understanding of the sonic possibilities that exist within the instruments.
In my own practice, I notice that subtle changes in instrument selection or the method employed when playing instruments can have a tremendous effect on the timbre and texture of a given instrument. Being observant of this expands the ways in which we can musically interact with our patients and clients, and thus enhances the therapeutic relationship and effect.
- Recommendation for students/interns: take time to explore the instruments that are available and carefully evaluate the sounds you are able to draw out of an instrument
- Draw on the experience of other students and professionals when selecting instruments
- Challenge yourself to incorporate new instruments into your work
- Consider the associations or triggers that might exist with an instrument
- From Matt: Change your guitar strings!
The Guitten protects the headstock of your guitar, keeping those tempting tuning pegs out of site when you are working with your clients.
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