STANDARD: ALL

Polly Bowler has tutored chamber courses at Benslow Music for over 10 years and now brings her expertise to this course which offers insight into the allied healthcare profession of music therapy. A mixture of talks, experiential groups and practical workshops will aid participants’ understanding of music therapy; its history; the theories that underpin it; the people it helps; and of improvisation, its predominant, musical tool. The exploration of improvisation will potentially offer participants a fresh approach to their instrumental playing as so many musicians feel safest with a sheet of music in front of them. Participants will need their own instruments. Some small percussion will also be available. Please note that the course is not providing participants with therapy, nor does it qualify participants to provide therapy as qualification requires training.

Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205 Code: 19/267

What previous participants say (2018): 

A good mixture of theory and practical activities; a supportive course tutor and interesting visiting speakers.

This course gives you a good overview of what music therapy is about, introduces a new approach to improvising and you can get a flavour of what it is like to work as a music therapist.

The course is a good introduction to music therapy, working with adults and children for whom the main pleasurable communication is through music. Be prepared to use improvisation methods to respond to stimuli some of which are very restricted and require imaginative interpretation. Caveat if you want a career in this field at least 5 years study is needed.

Very insightful with lots of examples, and a good balance of theory and practical.

Interesting, mainly theoretical, with some improvisation.

A lively introduction to the history of music therapy and its philosophical/psychological background. The course included active participation to demonstrate and explore the importance of improvisation, and many vivid video examples of music therapy in action.