Blog #21 香港第一個音樂治療研討會! 香港第一個音樂治療研討會已經圓滿結束, 十分榮幸可以一齊同其他六位conference committee team members 以一年的時間統籌和舉辦這個為期四日的研討會. 這次研討會為期四日，邀請了來自海外音樂治療的權威(Prof. Leslie Bunt, Prof. Katrina McFerran, Ms. Eleanor Richards, Dr. Alan Turry, Dr. Barbara Wheeler 及本地音樂治療師進行交流，從而提升本港音樂治療水平。透過不同的分享會、工作坊及體驗活動，讓各界人士認識音樂治療在不同範疇的應用及發展。音樂治療是一項輔助醫療，可應用於不同層面及範疇。 好多時候我們身為音樂治療師經常閱讀到關於這五位大師嘅書和文章, 但係一定唔及可以親身認識這五位音樂治療師, 直接問佢地在我腦中徘徊咗好耐的幾十萬個問題. Photo Left: Eleanor Richards, my Professor & supervisor from Anglia Rusk
It’s been 3months since I came back to HK and work as a music therapist. Hong Kong is actually a place full of possibilities, I’ve been really blessed to be able to plugged straight into the field, connect with many local music therapists and able to find work as a music therapist during this time. Challenges lie in every corner of this journey for me, there’s a steep learning curve and I am still climbing this invisible mountain every single day. To be a very successful free
Blog #6 Musical Instruments in Music Therapy Music therapist uses a wide range of musical instruments in a session. As opposed to many people’s impression of a music therapist who simply ‘pick up a guitar and sing to a group of client’ or ‘turn on the loudspeaker and play classical music tracks’. Music therapy is so much much more than that. In a music therapy session, instruments ranges from the usual piano and guitar, to tuned percussion like marimba, xylophone, glockenspie
Blog #5 Music Therapy and Children with Special Needs Children with specials needs are considered as one of the major population music therapist work with, in fact this population was the main focus for all the music therapy pioneers back in the 1960s. This population includes autism, ADHD, learning disability, speed and language delay, physical disability, downs syndrome and more. Music has the power to reach children even with the most severe disabilities (Hintz 2013). Mus
Blog no. 4 Music therapy in psychiatric hospital Music Therapy in the mental health field is one of my most passionate area of work, it’s a very demanding, challenging yet very rewarding field.
In my final year of training as a music therapist, I was placed in a local hospital with an inpatient psychiatric unit in UK. It has a dedicated department of arts therapies, with a team of art, music, drama, movement, play therapists working there full time. Patient who are staying
Exploring the topic of the ‘unconscious’ has always been my passion, in fact this topic was my final thesis in my MA music therapy- “More than music: an investigation into the unconscious processes and their manifestation in music therapy”.
As a music therapist trained in the UK, recognizing and understanding unconscious processes are considered as one of the key element in psychodynamic music therapy especially in improvisational music therapy and Guided Imagery and Music.
Does a music therapist prescribe musical ‘magic pills’? The first thing that seems to comes in everybody’s mind when one mention music therapy is often the imagery of David the harpist who cast out demonic spirit from Saul with music. Another impression people often have is that a music therapist is someone who prescribe ‘music magic pills’--a music track with special musical properties or magical frequencies that heal a person instantly. I wish a music therapist can be an ‘a
The question everyone asks.
I thought it would be very fitting to start my blog with the dying question that everyone has asked, prepared to ask or felt a strong urge to ask whenever I introduce myself as a music therapist. “So why did you become a music therapist?” Usually in a face to face conversation, I’m well prepared to answer with the extremely condensed version “I just wanna use music to help people.”
But here I’m delighted to share with you all the super long ver