We Play Well Together were pleased to once again showcase our instruments as part of the American Music Therapy Conference this month, taking place online October 14th - 17th, 2021.
In honor of the conference, this month we're highlighting the use of our instruments by Music Therapists.
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.
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:
- 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"
*Note: feeltone instruments - including wood drums, monochords, and sound furniture - can now be specially coated for disinfection to adhere to current safety and cleaning protocols.
We invite those working in Music Therapy to also look over our additional blog posts featuring Music Therapists working with our instruments:
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.
by: Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine
The Vibrational Singing Chair from feeltone, has served as an important instrument to the patients we serve at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in our Music Therapy program.