What type of music do you use?
Guided Image with Music (GIM) is made with recorded music, to make internal journeys through the music. There is no specific music, they are usually for example relaxing music, slow, soft, and there are instruments of all kinds, the ones that best reach the patients. In one session, group dynamics and movements such as dances and games are worked on.
“Music is related to game, we all have a child inside who needs to keep playing. We all have that musical child, who also needs to play music.”
Benefits of music therapy
It stimulates concentration, memory and capacity of reflection. In the social environment it promotes verbal expression and increases the non-verbal expressive repertoire. It allows also to discharge physical tensions in a healthy and creative way, diminishing the anxiety and the stress. Emotionally, it allows to evoke memories and feelings and to express emotions that it would be imposible to express in another way.
I have done my first 40 sessions with two children with down syndrome and there are clear improvements, even without words: they are happier, more spontaneous, expressive, resolutive and more communicative.
Something that makes you angry about music therapy
Well… the people who, without having any preparation, buy some music records, make them listen to them, and make many believe that they are doing music therapy.
I get really impotent, that’s not music therapy. It seems good to me, when we go to the supermarket, the dentist, or to shopping centers there is background music, which is not music therapy… This is like saying ‘I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos about meditation, and now I’m a yoga teacher’.
Some words about the future of music therapy in Spain?
From a personal point of view, it has to be applied in the classrooms, to teach respect, and avoid sexism. In primary schools in Argentina, the figure of the music therapist appears frequently, who, like other education professionals (such as mathematics teachers), contributes to the education of children.