Friday, February 25, 2011

The Heart of Songwriting

Have you always wanted to help people with music? Or are curious about the different ways music affects people? Cyd Slotoroff is guest speaking at a senior seminar about those very topics Thursday March 3rd 4-6pm 7 Haviland rm 117.

The presentation, The Heart of Songwriting: Imagery, Music, and the Role of The Therapist In Therapeutic Songwriting, will answer questions like "what makes a song therapeutic?" and "how can music therapists help clients convey feelings and experiences that cannot be described with conventional language?"

This interactive presentation will focus on the use of imagery and metaphor in expression of feelings and experiences; the role of the therapist in facilitating and deepening the client’s experience of songwriting; and techniques and considerations in creating melody and chordal accompaniment for client songs.

Cyd Slotoroff has been a music therapist for over 25 years. She has worked with adults and adolescents with psychiatric disorders at Yale Psychiatric Institute, with emotionally disturbed and traumatized school age children and teens at St. Francis Home for Children, and with infants through adolescents on pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her article, “Drumming Technique for Assertiveness and Anger Management in the Short-Term Psychiatric Setting for Adult and Adolescent Survivors of Trauma”, was published in the Psychiatric Music Therapy issue of Music Therapy Perspectives.

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