Music Therapist, Noor
What does a typical music therapy session look like?
The child is asked to join me in the music room, and he/she generally chooses an instrument to play. Once the child is more comfortable, I ask if I may accompany him, and if he accepts, we play together, and begin the improvisation process. If the student is a bit older, I ask what he thinks about the music we’re making— whether it sounds happy, sad, scared, excited, etc. Later in the process, I invite him to write lyrics & we create a song together. Music therapy creates a space in which students can express themselves both verbally and nonverbally.
How have you seen the students change through the process?
Let me give you an example. I had a student who, when he began music therapy, was very closed. After a few months, he was able to speak openly while singing. He could talk about his friends in class, and his feelings both at home and in school. His overall behavior made a shift, and he was less hyperactive in class. He learned that in music therapy, you are free to use the space as you’d like, creating a liberating environment. But the student also learned the boundaries; you can’t leave anytime you’d like, and there’s mutual respect for the student and therapist. Music therapy encourages creative thinking and promotes self-awareness and self-respect.
Why do you love music therapy?
I am a musician, and I love to connect with children on a musical level. I am able to learn so much about them through music. I also just love to listen.