Music therapist Alexia Quin discusses the benefits of sharing creative therapies with care workers.
Creativity – artistic, musical, and beyond – has a unique power to engender health and wellbeing benefits. This is the starting point for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance – and it is something our charity, Music as Therapy International, has championed since our very beginning. As a music therapist, I know music can create opportunities for communication, social interaction and emotional expression across the entirety of the life span. But the challenge for me has always been reaching as many vulnerable people as possible who could benefit from this.
Creative therapies are often underrepresented in health and care, and there is a common concern they will be costly to employ for these sectors too. Our answer to the need for more therapeutic music has been skill-sharing. I believe that the projects we deliver are so effective precisely because they are collaborative – designed in partnership with the practitioners who operate on the front lines of care...Keep reading on Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.