Welcome to Gemma Music Therapy
What is Music Therapy?
The Canadian Association of Music Therapy defines music therapy as:
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 / Association de Musicothérapie du Canada Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 6, 1994
Music Therapy on the BPTU is often conducted at the patient’s bedside where goals such as increased relaxation, pain distraction and decreased anxiety are facilitated through a variety of interventions including patient song choices, music making, song writing, improvisation, and guided relaxation. Other times, the music therapist works alongside other healthcare disciplines such as nurses, physiotherapist, or occupational therapist, using music during physical rehabilitation to inspire movement and promote encouragement by accompanying movement through musical cues, which also helps the patients become distracted from the pain. On the BPTU we understand that a big part of patient recovery relies on the patient’s spirit and will to survive. The music therapy tends to patient recovery goals in ways that pharmaceuticals cannot necessarily achieve; therefore, music therapy is an integral and vital part of the interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and spiritual care that provides outstanding healthcare to the patients on the BPTU at VGH.
To support Music Therapy at the Burns, Plastic and Trauma Unit at VGH, please consider donating on the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund website and state “Music Therapy” in the box “This donation is in memory of:” or contact Chelsea Ireland at The VGH Foundation regarding your gift for the Burn Unit Music Therapy Program.
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