- Bedside for Hospice Care
- Ameliorate somatic symptoms associated with emotional stress
- Recreative and Receptive Methods
- Clinical Improvisation
- Song Writing
- Self-Soothing Methods
- Supporting Children and Adults with Special Needs
- Early Childhood Development
- Therapeutic Group and Relational Work
- Supporting Vocal Exploration and Breath Work"
The We Play Well Together family of instruments - which include monochords, tongue drums, handpans, kalimbas and hanging chimes - have all been utilized in a variety of different music therapy applications.According to Music Therapist Katie Down (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT, MM):"possible clinical uses of our instruments include:We created a 15-minute highlight video just for music therapists to get an idea of the many different instruments and possible applications for their use, featuring instruments built by Hokema Kalimbas, feeltone and Metal Sounds.(Click "READ MORE" below to access the video..)...And be sure to join us in our digital booth this week at the American Music Therapy Association 2021 Conference October 14th -17th!
A Portrait: Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BCAn Interview with Annalena Horl.Christine, when did music interest you and when did you start drumming?First of all, I thought I had no sense of rhythm at all. I almost failed the percussion class at college. But then a drum circle changed my life. I learned to play congas and improvise freely..How would you describe your personal philosophy regarding drums and their magic?For me, drums are a portal to musical expression. Their simple handling, their spiritual depth and historical significance, as well as scientifically proven evidence of their healing effects, make them an instrument of transformation, healing, prayer and fun..When did you get to know the Kalimba Sansula?That was during a national conference for music therapists. I tried them out and bought two of them..How do you use the Sansula and what are the possibilities of using the instrument? What effect does the Sansula have on your students and listeners?I use the Sansula in my healing drum groups, in which we practice the healing rhythm with every participant. These can be seniors, cancer patients or even companies. The sound of the Sansula is always calming and mystical...
Why we offer Trainings:
Our hands-on workshops will give you the opportunity to play, experience, and learn more about the Feeltone Monochords including the Monolini or Monolina Body Therapy Monochords and the larger Concert and Meditation Monochord. While these instruments are completely intuitive and require no prior musical knowledge or ability to play, specific techniques are offered in this training that will deeply improve your ability to play the instruments with beauty, ease, and a variety of colors, as well as to evoke the elements of nature and to hold a deeply meditative space when playing for others. All of these techniques can be used for sound massage, group meditation sessions, to accompany singing and voice work, or to enhance any kind of hands-on healing work from acupuncture to massage therapy.
*You can get 18 CMTE credits if you submit the training curriculum ask your trainer for more information.
Ongoing workshops:Level I - The Secrets of the MonochordLearn how to play a Monochord TrainingThis is an ongoing training offered 2-4 times a year in different states. (So far we have held trainings in New York, Miami, Denver, New Mexico, Oregon, Northen and Southern California.)
If you cannot attend an in-person training we also offer online trainings with Joule L'Adara, MFA who is a certified feeltone monochord trainer, professional sound healing facilitor and the founder of Sounding Circles. LLC. Joule teaches a one-day virtual retreat and also offers one-on-one lessons for the monochord.
This photo series shows you examples of how to place the "body monochords" - including the Monolini and the Monolina - onto the physical body for a sound massage session.
Because the feeltone Monochords have a convex shape, the instrument is like a boat that floats atop any size or shape body. Placing the monochord on the torso will allow the body to feel the vibrations most intensively. With the body in a supine position, the monochord can be placed horizontally or vertically across the body. We recommend a continuous playing style of strumming with a very light touch. As the sound is felt through the resonance of the wood, playing too robustly can be very invigorating! A gentle way of playing is recommended for most therapeutic applications, to entrain the breath and heart to a rate of calm and ease.
The instruments can also be placed on the lower body, where the sensations are felt up and down the legs and into the pelvis and hips.
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