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Music Therapy

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Andrea Menoudakis

on 17 December 2014

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Using various aspects of music including composing, performance, sound and theory with the assistants of a professional music therapist, with a graduate or undergraduate degree, to help rehabilitate the emotional, physical, spiritual, psychological, and social needs of an individual. Music therapy not only helps stimulate the brain, but also adds to one’s spiritual well being, confidence, self-understanding, communication and expression.
A governmental service provided for a community, such as education, health care, food banks, rehabilitation centers, etc. A social service can also be facilities that hold music therapy programs in which help treat an individual’s disability or emotional troubles through open group or individual sessions focusing on the many different qualities of music.
“If you are musical and good with people, then Music Therapy could be a great profession for you” (Capilano University).
The faculty of Capilano University Music Therapy believe that different aspects of music and being surrounded by others is transformational and can help individuals grow and to become self-aware through the creativity, knowledge, social components and complexity that comes along with music.

About The Program
This music therapy program prepares future music therapists by learning acquired skills for example techniques and theory in various musical instruments as well as developing communication skills.
Program Length
This Program is a five-year program ending with a degree in Bachelor of Music Therapy.

First and Second Year

Focuses on strengthening musical abilities including technique, theory and knowledge in courses like:
English Composition
Intro Psychology
Music History
Ear Training
Humanities/Social Science

Third and Forth Year

Focuses on how music therapy effects others and teaches the acquired communication and teaching skills needed for this job through courses like:
Influence of Music
Counseling and Interpersonal Skills
Private Music Instruction
Music and the Creative Arts

Fifth year

Where students go out into the workforce and complete the Internship course.

Practicum Placements
Not only does the program provide academic learning but also allows its students to go out in the work field. At this time, students are able to work in facilities such as clinical settings or classrooms where they are able to design and carry out their own music therapy programs, which allows them to put their creativity and knowledge to the test.
Program Philosophy
Music Therapy courses begin in year three after two years of completing technical and skill building courses, which can be taken at another university.
To apply, 45 courses in year one and two need to be provided including an English course.
Audition on any instrument
Music Portfolio
By: Andrea Menoudakis and Gianluca Servello
Works Cited
"CAMT | AMC - Home." CAMT | AMC - Home. Canadian Association of Music Therapy, 1 Jan. 2012. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.musictherapy.ca/en/>.

"Capilano University." Capilano University. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.capilanou.ca/music-therapy/>.

Maquire, Melissa. "The Mozart Effect and Epilepsy | Epilepsy Action." The Mozart Effect and Epilepsy | Epilepsy Action. 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/treatment/mozart-effect>.

"What Are Social Services? Definition and Meaning." BusinessDictionary.com. 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/social-services.html>.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures due to abnormal activity in the brain.
Music has been proven to help normalize electrical activity as music helps calm the brain. Also, music has structure, whether an individual is listening to the instruments in a song, listening to or processing different dynamics and notes in a song, learning theory of practicing an instrument, or singing along with a song even if it's in one's head, this helps give the brain structure and allows the brain to focus on something thus stabilizing nerve cell activity in the brain.
Chart of how listening to music effected people with Epilepsy. This was derived from a test were individuals listen to music during an EEG (electroencephalogram) test. These were the result. Also after hearing a variety of artists, songs by Mozart was the most positive affect. This led to what is called the Mozart Effect, music that improves how the brain works.
I know that music does indeed decrease the amount of seizures individuals can have because like the 50 million people world-wide suffering from different forms of Epilepsy I also have been diagnosed with Epilepsy. Epilepsy is close to my heart and whether I am composing, performing or just practicing my instruments I do notice a decrease in the amount of seizures I have throughout the day. Also, Gianluca and I wanted to bring awareness and have our program help a disorder that many people do not know of even though many people are suffering from this disorder and need treatment.
Our program incorporates both individual one-on-one sessions with a music therapist as well as group sessions focusing on four different aspects of music. Also, our program is for all ages!
About The Program
Since there are not many programs for Epileptics in Bolton or Caledon to incorporate our music program, our program is an independent program located in Bolton Ontario at the Bolton Medical Center.
Program Length
It is a six month program running every other week on Monday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
One-on-one Sessions
The one-on-one sessions focus on two of the four aspects of music including learning theory and a specific instrument on either the bass, guitar, drums, piano or vocals, and learning how to compose.
Group Sessions
Group sessions focus on the third aspect of music which is performing. During these group sessions individuals get to know others, jam and perform with those who suffer from Epilepsy within the program. Whether it is an individual performance or with other members in the group, students can come out of their comfort zone and learn to express themselves through music. Performing also gives these epileptic students a chance to show their talent to others and build their confidence without being restricted from performing because of the fear of having a seizure during their performance.
Dinner is provided every Monday that the program takes place on. At this time, members of the program can listen to music as individuals take turns picking a song that they enjoy to listen to while eating with others. This is the last aspect of music that our program focuses on, which is listening to different genres of music that appeal to the members in the group.
Throughout the sixths months the program takes place, members of the program get to participate in a fundraiser for Epilepsy where they get to perform compositions or cover songs, individually or with others, in front of the public
There are many famous people around the world who suffer from epilepsy, some including:
Albert Einstein
Amy Lee
Elton John
Jason Snelling
Neil Young
Lil Wayne
Vincent van
Located in North Vancouver
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