WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

Music therapy is the scientific application of the art of music to accomplish specific individual treatment aims. It is the use of music and the therapist's self that influence changes in behavior. Clients are involved in a variety of activities that focus on social, work task, and communication skills plus cognitive and motor development. These occur within a highly structured yet comfortable group setting. The sessions serve the following functions:

to encourage interaction and appropriate communication skills
to encourage self-expression
to provide exposure to various instruments and types of music
to provide reinforcement for appropriate social behavior
and to allow for cognitive development according to individual client needs

MUSIC IS THE HEALING LINK IN COMMUNICATION

The song "TV Blues" on "Kid at Heart" holds special warmth and significance for children's musician Persephone. It is dedicated to one of her former music therapy* clients, seven-year-old Kyle Franzen, who died of leukemia in 1992.

Kyle loved to form hand movements to music and call out his favorite TV shows while Persephone was composing "TV Blues" in a music therapy session. It was at Camp Challenge, a summer camp for developmentally disabled children in Chandler, Arizona. Persephone spent three summers there with Kyle.

Kyle was always so enthusiastic and funny." Persephone remembers. "He made the counselors and clients laugh because he was so animated. He loved the blues and put all his energy into the song, even while in extreme pain or fatigue."

As a music therapist, Persephone knows the vital role that songs can play in connecting with the human heart. In fact, music can spark new areas of communication between a client and therapist that would not happen otherwise.

This is particularly true with Persephone's terminally ill patients. She has helped an 11-year-old boy with a brain tumor write his own song of acceptance. It was an act of both strength and vulnerability that marked his first step in learning to accept the inevitability of his death.

Persephone has also used music to help an autistic man learn to speak. He discovered that the vibrations in a piano and drum were similar to the vibrations and rhythms in his own larynx. This new understanding revolutionized his ability to communicate-it opened a door to a much larger world of sound.

In her own life, Persephone learned that music was a valuable tool to alleviate stress and anxiety. As a child, she learned that listening and moving to music uplifted her. Later, when improvising and performing music, she discovered its powerful role as a universal form of self-expression. "Music allowed me to express feelings in a way that I couldn't do verbally," Persephone says. "When I realized the healing power that music had for me, I realized that I could share this quality with others."

Persephone is proud to carry on the healing tradition of her Greek ancestors, who believed that music and medicine go hand-in-hand. That's why you'll find therapeutic content in almost any song or story that Persephone writes.

Persephone is an educated and skilled music therapist. She can conduct:
one-on-one sessions
group sessions
teacher training workshops
a special concert for special needs populations.

For more information on Persephone's music therapy sessions, please e-mail info@demetermusic.com.

Persephone is
affiliated with
The Arizona Commission on the Arts