What is Therapeutic Education?
Therapeutic Music Education © (TME) is a specific music therapy intervention developed by Cheryl Jones MMT, NMT-F, MTA.
TME uses music education objectives to work towards specific therapeutic goals for clients. Regular assessments are included to measure progress. Clients learn to play the piano, using modified instruction to meet their ability and goals.
TME is based on research evidence of the brain's neural response to learning new information. Music is recognized as a significant, multi-site stimulus. Consistent neural stimulation by repetition strengthens neural connections and stimulates new neural networking. Using repetition, multisensory stimuli, and the cognitive processing of increasingly complex information, TME addresses a range of goals. It may also be used to assess a client's ability to acquire and retrieve new information.
TME provides opportunity to work on de-coding symbols, fine and gross motor skills, visual processing, aural processing, divided attention, selective attention, sustained attention, memory, following directions, affective response, non-verbal self-expression, and psychosocial needs.
Other Considerations: Playing Piano for the Joy of It
Following an ABI, an individual may be experiencing adjustment to a number of changes in their life. This may include the loss of the ability to participate in activities previously enjoyed. For some, learning to play the piano, using modified instruction to meet their ability, is an opportunity to celebrate success. It is the opportunity to learn and enjoy a new skill. For some individuals, the primary goal may be the pleasure of music and learning to play an instrument. For them, neural benefits are a bonus.