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The joy of helping others by means of Music Therapy

Dan Felicia - logoped si profesor
Scoala Speciala nr. 1, Oradea

- 2005-Jun-1 -
music therapy

Felicia Dan is a logopedist-therapist and she works at Special School no. 1 in Oradea, district of Bihor. In 2002 she took part in the training session of introduction into melotherapy which lasted 6 weeks and was set up by the charitable organization Britanica “Music as Therapy”. From that moment on, Felicia often coordinates training sessions of melotherapy which take part within the music program at school.
Alexa Quin, Director of “Music as therapy”

Many thanks to the volunteers from Chance for Life Foundation for helping with the translation of this article!

I am a logopedist, a recovery psychopedagog and I tried to help the children I work with and to get closer to them through melotherapy. They are children who suffer of severe deficiencies, with behavior turmoil, autistic children. It is hard to get into their world and even harder to understand whatsoever. As a result of the course I followed I’ve discovered that an efficient way of connecting to them is provided by melotherapy. Thus I’ve studied some theories related to this sort of therapy.

R. Benenzon, an Argentinean author, sees melotherapy like: “that part which studies the complex sound-being-sound, having like purpose the opening of the communication channels towards the human being; it uses sound, music and movements so that it can achieve therapeutic and preventive effects, as well as an improvement for him and his group”.

The complex sound-being-sound is described by the author such as a mechanism of feed-back, the sound being a constant variable before the birth of the human being, during its creation and after more, accompanying it every moment of its life. R. Benenzon believes that every man has within himself a resonant identity which is unique for every human. At the beginning of life, the human being lies between sounds, but after that the sound becomes intermediary between a human being and another one of its kind.

It seems interesting to know this sort of things because you can explain yourself how you can easily create a good relationship with the subjects and help them understand each other better through the game of instruments. It is a communicating technique which (so it seems) it is close to troubled human beings. It might be possible that the sounds created through music or the songs themselves give the subject the peace and comfort which he had during intrauterine state. It is common knowledge that the fetus shows interest in music.

Music lives within everybody’s soul, no matter the handicap. Everyone’s life has its own rhythm and every human being has a unique voice. Child’s primary impulse is to play, especially in a musical way. It is important to offer the child’s experiences meaning and understanding when he has emotional problems that make his world even more difficult to understand. Playing musical instruments gives him the most natural way of expressing himself.

Creativity and flexibility offer many ways of expressing the game and a way of understanding child’s needs. All these explain the fact that surprised me: when unschooled children (13-17 years old) who suffered by autism and behavior turmoil touched for the first time musical instruments I was amazed seeing them following step-by-step all my non-verbal directions. It was great seeing them so responsive. I am happy that I can help people in this way and I wish good luck to all therapists!

Case study

One or two hours per week I work with a group of 4 children, aged between 13-16 years old. Melotherapy helped them regain their inner confidence and take them off of their ineptness.

Cristina: 14 years old, autistic. It is amazing how she intercommunicates with the group, how she follows the leader and how she performs with such great pleasure a solo. She prefers the metal xylophone, hereupon she performs gentle moves, very slowly (she tickles the instrument).She doesn’t like drums.

Stelian: 13 years old. He prefers the drums and the bells. He likes being a leader and he shows himself loudly such as his instrument (laughing, yelling).

Laurentiu: 14 years old. He is not interested in a particular instrument. I will try to work with him in private so that he could focus better.

Petre: 16 years old. He likes all the instruments, he likes singing and dancing.

I’ve worked with 3 unschooled children (with severe handicap), aged 14-17 with psychomotric instability. Melotherapy calmed them down by the very first play. It is unbelievable how they followed the directions immediately. I‘ve communicated with them entirely.

Melotherapy is a path to understanding and decoding personality. Music therapy creates such moments when we get real close, reaching both emotional and artistic levels. This is how I explain my good communication with the group. By doing these activities I’ve pursued the following: self encouraging, encouraging watching and imitating, focusing and the will to lead. I’ve used the method of musical improvisation in activities thus wishing to establish connections between music and each child’s emotions; I wished to develop each one’s empathy and to explore the creative potential.

In February 2005, I’ve lectured about music therapy by giving examples and by having practical activities (children and grownups). 30 psychotherapists who attended the lecture were interested in this sort of therapy.

Contact Special School no.1 at Telephone/Fax: +40 0259 437 891 (June 2005).

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mladin camelia
ma intereseaza foarte mult terapia prin muzica si as dori sa urmey cursuri in acest sens


MANUELA
ma intereseaza mult mai mult despre acest subiect. sunt meloterapeut debutant la Blijdorp Suceava


Luca Florina
Ma intereseza foarte mult,terapia prin muzica si metodele practicate. O sa va contactez pe internet sau pe un telefon mobil.


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Barbu Dana
Buna ziua, sunt kinetoterapeut la CSEI brasov si as dori sa stiu cum pot intra in posesia acestei carti. Va multumesc anticipat. Cu stima Dana Barbu

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