Hi! My name is Kylie. I am a Registered Psychotherapist, Music Therapist Accredited and if that is not a mouth full already, I also own a music therapy private practice called Kadence Music Therapy. I have been running KMT for just over three years now and it has been an amazing adventure with highs and lows. Today, as a guest blogger (first time calling myself a ‘blogger’) I will be introducing myself, Kadence Music Therapy and music therapy. There will be a follow up blog in March for National Music Therapy Month where I will expand on just music therapy then.
I am a very proud Northern Ontario-ian. I call myself a ‘well-rounded Northern Ontario Girl’ because I was born in Sault Ste. Marie, lived as a young child in Thunder Bay and have lived most of my life here in Sudbury. (There are other cities on the list of ‘places I have lived’ but that is for another time.) One thing that has followed me through all of my addresses has been my passion for music! I started playing clarinet in grade school, took part in a marching band in high school and turned my passion into a career. I pursued music therapy because it combines two passions I have always had, music and helping people. Music therapy is a healthcare profession that integrates the use of music into standard therapy practice of evaluating and achieving goals for individuals. More on that below!
Now you may ask “How did you become a music therapist?” Like other professions, I majored in it! I took part in the Bachelor’s of Music Therapy program at the University of Windsor (Yes, Windsor is another place I lived) and graduated in 2012 after completing a year internship here in Sudbury! After the internship, I submitted an Accreditation Portfolio to the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) to be evaluated. When the portfolio was approved, I received the Music Therapist Accredited (MTA) title from the CAMT. I am currently the only Accredited Music Therapist practicing in the City of Greater Sudbury.
After my internship, I saw a need in Sudbury to start a music therapy practice because there was no other Accredited Music Therapist practicing in Greater Sudbury prior to my internship. That is when I established Kadence Music Therapy.
Kadence Music Therapy started at the beginning of 2013. I have had the pleasure to work with several local Long Term Care Homes (5 out of 7 of the local Long Term Care Homes to be exact!), a variety of non-profit organizations and a number of private clients ranging from ages 3 to 80. Through KMT, I provide a variety of music therapy services across the City of Greater Sudbury. Services include individual and group sessions, workshops and presentations, community partnerships and program consultations.
The question I get asked most is “What is music therapy?” Well…
“Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.” – Canadian Association for Music Therapy, www.musictherapy.ca
It is hard to provide you with an example of a music therapy session because there is no “standard music therapy session.”
When I first meet a client, I take the time to learn about the client and carefully design each music therapy intervention to accomplish the unique goals in the following areas:
- Cognitive – Recalling memories or learning new information
- Communication – Improving speech, language and self-expressing
- Emotional – Increased self-esteem or learning coping strategies
- Physical – Improving movement and motor skills
- Social – Develop social skills or increased involvement in a group setting
I have been able to apply different music therapy interventions to the different populations I have worked with since the beginning of my internship. Those populations includes:
- Young Children
- Children And Teenagers with Autism
- Adults with Developmental Disabilities
- Adults In Complex-Continuing Care
- People receiving Palliative Care
- People receiving Cancer Care
- Older Adults With Dementia
- And the list continues to grow!
I will be back in March to explain more about music therapy to celebrate National Music Therapy Month!
In the meantime, if you are interested in meeting me and learn more about Kadence Music Therapy, I have a series of events coming up!
I am hosting a launch to celebrate a new phase for Kadence Music Therapy on February 18, 2016 at Voima Hall at Finlandia Village from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
And I will be leading a Family Fun Drum at the New Sudbury Library Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:30 PM and the South End Library Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Both are FREE events!
Also, I welcome you to connect with me online:
Facebook: Kadence Music Therapy