Music therapists spend a lot of time validating our profession – No, we are not music teachers. No, this is not entertainment.
However, I have been guilty of undervaluing a vital aspect of music therapy – it’s FUN.
I have been very fortunate to survive two car accidents with *only* mild traumatic brain injury, each time resulting in post-concussion syndrome. I am extraordinarily thankful to the physical therapist and the vision therapists who were experts in helping me to recover! But it was and is WORK.
I do not deny it, I may be biased here. It’s possible that I enjoy engaging in a music experience more than most people. But as my clients continue to show me, and as new research comes out, one thing is clear: music possess the incredible ability to mask hard work and progress as an enjoyable experience.
A couple weeks ago, I had an incredible session with a client. Two hours passed by in our session, but I was unaware of the passage of time. My client showed no signs of fatigue, boredom, or restlessness – but many signs of progress, enjoyment, and healing. The only cue that time had passed was a sharp stabbing pain in my sciatic nerve, which gave me my first clue that I had been sitting for too long!
Time flies when you’re having fun, right?