In my last post I shared several sources I have used to stimulate my creativity and promised to share my favorite music therapy sources. The world-wide web has made so much available. Knowing that many of my readers are not music therapists, I focus this list towards that portion of my readership. Additionally, I will try to adhere to this blog’s focus on maintaining connection with a love of music; exploring and addressing roadblocks in life; and, using music to live life with more joy & fulfillment. Given this, not all the links and ideas are music therapy related.
Drum circles can be a wonderful experience. Musical expertise is not required. To learn more, you can check out Health Rhythms on the Remo website. There is a nice video to serve as an introduction when you log onto the page. Kate Fulton has a wonderful website onto which she uploads wonderful drumming ideas. Some communities like Siesta Beach, FL regularly hold community drum circles of a non-therapeutic nature.
Community performance groups are great connections for those with a music background. Each community is unique in what it offers, so ask around. For those interested barbershop vocal stylings there may be Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Societies. Many houses of worship offer groups in which to play and/or sing. Community Choirs and Bands also exist.
For those less inclined to participate in groups, consider lessons on an instrument. Local music stores and school music educators may be aware of teachers in your area. There is evidence it is good for you both mentally and physically to participate in music. (See this article in “Psychology Today” by Kimberly Sena Moore, MT-BC.) Writing music doesn’t have to require knowledge of musical notation. Check out hyper score. You can download it for free!
One thing I also recommend is listening to music outside your comfort zone from time to time. There are many ways to so this.
- Trade mp3 players with a friend or a child for an hour and listen to their song selections.
- Listen to various radio stations on your radio, satellite, or iTunes.
- Don’t like moving to far from your comfort zone? Then try something like last.fm or musicovery to have a more controlled experience.
- Attend concerts. Some cost little or no money.
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Music is such an amazing way to learn & experience ourselves and our world. These are just a few ideas. Let me know your favorites from these as well as any of your finds!