Showing posts with label Music therapy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music therapy. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Music therapy - You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.


In my psychotherapy sessions this is a common scenario:

Client describes the situation sometimes for 10, 15, 20 minutes.

I say, "What do you make of that?"

They say, "I don't know."

I say, "I know you don't think you know, because you have come here to talk about it to try to sort it out, but I think you do know."

There is a pause and then they tell me.

I think to myself, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Music therapy - You're So Vain by Carly Simon

Narcissism seems to have entered the lexicon of pop psychology with all kinds of articles and books written about this personality style.

The concept of narcissism is nothing new. Over the decades and centuries it has been called different things like “vanity,” “selfishness,” “stuck on oneself”.

Before you can manage a relationship with a person with narcissism you have to know what you’re dealing with. If you would like to increase your ability to spot narcissism listen to Carly Simon’s great song, You’re So Vain.

Music therapy appears on Markham's Behavioral Health most Thursdays.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Music Therapy - But I Still Haven’t Found What I am Looking For, U2

Some have called “But I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 a gospel song. Perhaps it is called a gospel song because it raises the question about what we are ultimately yearning for, our Transcendent Source.

Many people come to psychotherapy with multiple complaints but the underlying dynamic is always that they haven’t found what they are looking for often not knowing what it is that they are looking for.

When we look in the right places we find peace and bliss but when we look in the wrong places we find fear, guilt, shame, and depression.

A good psychotherapist is a guide who helps the client find what they are ultimately looking for. U2’s great song can be the song track for the drama that unfolds in any good psychotherapy.

Music therapy is a regular feature on Markham's Behavioral Health which appears most Thursdays.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Music Therapy - Walk right in and sit right down, The Rooftop Singers

Walk right in and sit right down was recorded by The Rooftop Singers in 1962. The song was an old folk tune attributed to Gus Cannon who wrote it in 1929. I sometimes sing it to my clients when I greet them in the waiting room and invite them to the consulting room. The lyrics are perfect for psychotherapy: “Walk right it and sit right down, daddy let your mind roll on.” 

Usually clients under 50 do not recognize this song but when I tell them about it they usually smile and laugh and relax and I say “So, what’s been happening to you,” and we’re off and running for 55 minutes.

An article is posted about Music Therapy most Thursdays.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Incorporating the arts in science lessons improves learning

From Science Daily on 03/05/19

Incorporating the arts -- rapping, dancing, drawing -- into science lessons can help low-achieving students retain more knowledge and possibly help students of all ability levels be more creative in their learning, finds a new study by Johns Hopkins University.
The findings were published on Feb. 7 in Trends in Neuroscience and Education and support broader arts integration in the classroom.
"Our study provides more evidence that the arts are absolutely needed in schools. I hope the findings can assuage concerns that arts-based lessons won't be as effective in teaching essential skills," says Mariale Hardiman, vice dean of academic affairs for the School of Education at the Johns Hopkins University and the study's first author.
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Editor's note:
There is other interesting research that has shown that singing a lyric can make the content more memorable than just reading and/or stating it. Singing, dancing, and dramatic vocalizations can be a mneumonic device to aid in memory and comprehension.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What can be done with music to enhance healthy growth in elementary school children after school

Roots & Rhythms, an after-school drumming program, teaches students to collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion and embracing their own cultures,