Clients need no training or background in music as they are playing
on a vast array of tuned and untuned instruments from around the
world, which can be blown, shaken, beaten, strummed and bowed. The
improvisations or sound pictures are taped and listened to later
as a way of further exploring the inner landscape through dialogue,
art-making, movement poetry or more music.
a psychotherapist for 12 years as well as a professional
composer, cellist and improviser specializes in using music
and the creative arts in her therapy practice. She improvises
with her clients (individuals, couples and groups) helping
them access their non-verbal subjective experience.
The relational nature of improvisation
allows the therapist to convey to the client empathy, grounding,
support and understanding nonverbally. Kye is able to use her
musical expertise to help clients create improvisations that are
meaningful musically and therapeutically useful. Working within
the metaphor, experience can be expressed and then transformed
inside the fluid musical matrix. Communication through music allows
us to bypass the inner censorship of words while accessing those
parts of ourselves that existed before language or those parts
that are simply unavailable to linguistic rendering. Music connects
directly to our emotions and has the power to move us as no other
earthly force can. It can also be a powerful integrative force
as it connects also to the physical, cognitive, creative and spiritual
aspects of ourselves.
Current infant research and analytic
theory help further our understanding of how and why music and
the arts are so effective in the therapeutic healing process;
for example, concepts such as vitality affects, moments of meeting,
procedural memory, the intersubjective field etc.
loss through improvised music - click