Improvisation in Music Therapy
If you know anything about me, one of the things you know I stand for is the healing possibilities of sound and music.
My own personal journey has been one where music, sound, movement and other forms of arts have carried me through my darkest days.
To some who will relate, these days included what could also have been referred to as, the dark night of the soul.
I’ve previously written in part, and shall write more as time comes to pass, on my journey with music and sound and the benefits of such.
What I haven’t expanded on is improvisation.
Improvisation in music therapy particularly in this application, although improvisation is also utilized through drama and other movement therapies better known as or more often referred to as forms of “The Arts”, such as dance, eliminates judgement, ego and self consciousness to allow freedom, intuition and expression to flow unhindered.
Improvisation is a catalyst for gaining profound awareness, the expansion of our capabilities and understanding of ourselves, the fundamental focus of the journey of self realization which, according to Maslow’s Theory, is to realize our potential.
Within group settings and “safe environments” improvisation in music therapy can be utilized to unite and create focus whilst at the same time support creative individualism and increase self esteem under a banner of joy.
This short video is a great intro into the definition of improvisation particularly where it relates to improvisation in music therapy.
Enjoy, share and be open to new discoveries of yourself and others.