Nordoff Robbins - Art Of Music
Nordoff Robbins – Music Therapy*
October 26, 2009 by sophievon
I was fortunate enough to have worked with the very significant organisation “Nordoff Robbins” a numerous amount of times.
I remember one event in particular, I was a voluntary waitress for an evening held at the Art Gallery Of NSW called “Art Of Music”. This was basically a charity dinner with all proceeds going to “Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy”.
In its essence, music therapy can be described as the applied use of music to help people attain health and well-being, or help them improve their quality of life. It can be defined as an allied health profession using music to facilitate positive changes in the life of a client.
The music is used in a planned and creative way to address the person’s needs in areas such as the physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional or social. In this way music is used to engage clients in their own growth and development, so that every client can live more resourcefully and creatively and develop his or her full potential as a human being.
Music therapy can help the person develop new skills – musical and non-musical – and bring about changes that may be extended to other areas of daily life. It is based on the belief that all people have the potential to respond to music, and that music can be intrinsically healing in nature. Music therapists are trained to use music in a planned and creative way, to bring about change and growth.
Around 15 significant Australian songwriters songs were chosen and they had an Australian Artist paint an artwork for each song. The idea was that they were to listen to their chosen song whilst painting and then these paintings were to be auctioned off on the evening with all proceeds going to “Nordoff Robbins”.
Cold Chisel performed – Jimmy Barnes is an absolute legend – he was so lovely and he performed hard and flawlessly. Icehouse also performed “Great Southern Land”. I can recall secretly watching Iva Davies from behind the bar before his performance, he was such an inspiration to me. I can remember watching him backstage practicing “Great Southern Land” on his guitar a few times, fumbling almost. I remember thinking him a true performer, there he was practising a song he had most probably played 3289082332 times prior to that evening just quietly in the shade behind the curtain. He had my vote and needless to say, his performance was remarkable.
But most importantly I learnt a very valuable lesson that evening – this being the power of music – all kinds of music and how it can assist in a persons mental and physical development. Music therapy can benefit children, adolescents and adults who have learning, intellectual or physical disabilities, emotional difficulties or other specific health-related issues. It can provide a vehicle for effective communication for those with no verbal language, address specific rehabilitation needs, provide a means of relaxation or stimulation, and offer emotional support in difficult circumstances.
They even outlined the importance of music and how it can assist someone in a coma – imagine that? Music does work wonders..
I know music has helped me through my most difficult times. It’s seen me through my own personal highs and lows, therefore music will never represent something “temporary” for me but continue to play until death do we part.
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