Music Therapist’s Perspective
The Epoch Times published an article and three comprehensive videos on Maria and Alan’s working relationship. One video tells Maria’s story as she went from music therapy client to singer and performer. The other two are focused on Alan’s therapeutic techniques and philosophy.
The Relationship Between Music and Words in Clinically Improvised Songs
“[Maria] explained that the music from the piano encouraged her to continue her exploration and expression even when the feeling she was experiencing in the moment was intensely painful. She felt contained by the music …”-Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist
Music Psychotherapy and Community Music Therapy: Questions and Considerations
“As an improvising therapist and a Nordoff-Robbins clinician, I have been immersed in a culture that values entering into the unknown. The sense of diving into the process is further amplified and intensified when it is shared publicly. Though the program is predetermined, our reaction to it, as well as that of the audience, is unpredictable. Perhaps one motivation to share this material publicly for Maria is that she wants to create a sense of empathy within the audience by feeling the music and living the experience with a depth that a simple narrative explanation cannot enable. I can understand this. When presenting, it is invariably more powerful and effective to include actual music from a session than to try to explain what occurs in the session. Hearing the musical process as it unfolded allows the audience to enter into this experience, and allows Maria and I to re-enter it, as the intensity of sharing it with others brings it to life.”