Music as Healing: In conversation with Yamaha Europe and Rosie Axon

Chiltern Music Therapy founder, Rosie Axon, recently spoke on the Benefits of Music podcast from Yamaha Music Europe to discuss how music therapy can help people who have suffered strokes, brain injuries, and mental health conditions.

In the conversation with journalist Zing Tsjeng, Rosie discusses how music therapy is not about playing music to make people feel happy; it is about using music to help people process their emotions and express themselves. Rosie also shares how at Chiltern Music Therapy, music therapists work across the entire lifespan to support people with a range of physical, emotional, and mental health needs.

“When we started 10 years ago, we were very much trying to prove the efficacy of music therapy,” explains Rosie. “It’s an allied health profession, so we sit alongside speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. A lot of people are really surprised by that because it has the word ‘music’ in the title, whereas speech therapy works with verbal communication and physiotherapy works with movement. With music therapy, we work with everything from emotional well-being to physical difficulties to speech and communication.”

To listen to the 30-minute podcast episode on Spotify, where Rosie talks about music therapy and the ways in which it can support people, click here. It promises to be an interesting listen, so grab a cup of tea and take a moment to delve a little deeper into the world of music therapy.

You can also read Yamaha’s recent blog post on Making Waves with Rosie too, to find out more about her background and how Chiltern Music Therapy was born.

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