Therapeutic Songwriting

Therapeutic Songwriting

Songwriting provides children with a unique method to formulate thoughts and express feelings. With just a guitar, laptop, and microphone, a music therapist is able to establish a non-threatening environment leading to a greater degree of sharing than in a “typical” therapy setting. Brainstorming rhymes, generating melodies, and selecting instrumentation leads to an atmosphere of creation rather than confession. Writing a song can be beneficial for those with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), PDD (Persistent Depressive Disorder), or any child dealing with a traumatic life event. Whether confronting the death of a loved one or adjusting to a changing family dynamic due to the birth of a new sibling, songwriting can provide a therapeutic outlet.

No prior musical experience is required. Each child can choose to participate in various aspects (singing, instrument playing, music composition) at whatever level they are able. The experience consists of both writing an original song and creating a recording of that song to have as a keepsake.

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Therapeutic Songwriting