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37 - 07 April 2020
Music Therapy Conversations - Irene Lo Coco and Elizabeth Nightingale
Topics: Music Therapy in General, Music Technology
Chiltern Music Therapy
Irene Lo Coco and Elizabeth Nightingale from Chiltern Music Therapy talked to Luke about remote working in music therapy, including technical and online resources, as well as issues that may arise through these ways of working may bring up.

After qualifying as a music therapist, Elizabeth gained clinical experience with adults with neurological disorders and worked with children with a range of needs including developmental delay, behavioural difficulties, and trauma. She later trained as a Neurologic Music Therapist and MATADOC assessor and continues to acquire specialist experience in brain injury and neurodisability through providing NMT and MATADOC assessments for medico-legal cases. She has had her work and research published in the Brain & Spinal Injury Handbook, Journal of Dementia Care, and the British Journal of Music Therapy. She holds the role of Neuro Music Therapy Services Manager for Chiltern.

Irene qualified as a Music Therapist in 2007 and has specialized in Neurologic Music Therapy. Her clinical experience includes brain injury neuro-rehabilitation as well as working with children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, ASD, behavioural difficulties and complex medical needs. She has also worked in maternity care and adult mental health, among a variety of settings in the UK and abroad. Irene has a passion for evidence-based research and a background and personal interest in neuropsychology and psychodynamic approaches. Her practice, therefore, has a broad vision and the resources to adapt to clients' needs. Irene holds the role of Neurologic Music Therapist and Music Technology Lead at Chiltern Music Therapy.

Resources

ETHICS/GDPR CONCERNS

BAMT

Support and guidance documentation for COVID-19 (regularly updated)


HCPC

Includes info on standards of ethics for remote working and remote consultations as well as safeguards for patients

ONLINE PLATFORMS

Zoom

Technical support: getting started on Zoom

Adjusting audio or video settings in Zoom

Using ‘original sound’ (ie. ‘Music Mode’) in Zoom and other handy hints

Security guidelines collated by Ray Travasso from Suffolk Music Therapy:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jJB4wqWUEen76pcediQlbHrSa0PokDU5IL72kozJILA/edit?usp=sharing

Further info on Zoom and also Doxy.me (courtesy of Martin Lawes)

Skype

Technical support: getting started on Skype

Advice and considerations as shared by BAMT (courtesy of Chroma)

Download the ‘PDF Skype - info from the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)(BAMT shared)’ from https://www.bamt.org/about-british-association-for-music-therapy/covid-19-useful-information.html

Google Hangouts

Tutorial Guide pdf


INTERNET SPEED

Confirm your internet speed here (important for identifying suitability for live streaming)https://www.speedtest.net/

STORAGE

Google Drive vs DropBox for storing and sharing pre-recorded videos:

ONLINE RESOURCES

Collaborative songwriting: you can create lyrics and add chords with other people remotely, among using other features available on https://songcraft.io/

Demo video here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyQ7OUOMImw&feature=youtu.be

MAKING MUSIC have compiled a useful list of links for making music in groups https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/resource/covid-19-staying-connected

 

Also in BAMT guidance document

  • Apps and other online resources (with particular thanks to Irene Lo Coco and Liz Coombes)
  • KORG has made the iKaossilator free for a limited time: Website | App Store | Google Play
  • Moog has made the Minimoog Model D Synthesiser free for a limited time: App Store | currently
  • not available on Android
  • BandLab: Website | App Store | Google Play
  • Fingertip Maestro: App Store | currently not available on Android
  • NodeBeat: Website | App Store | Google Play
  • SoundForest: App Store | currently not available on Android
  • Blocs Wave: Website | App Store | Android
  • Bloom (paid): App Store | Google Play

ARTICLES

Aaron Jeffrey Lightstone, S. Kathleen Bailey & Peter Voros (2015) Collaborative music therapy via remote video technology to reduce a veteran's symptoms of severe, chronic PTSD, Arts & Health, 7:2, 123-136, DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2015.1019895

Baker, Felicity and Krout, Robert (2009) Songwriting via Skype An online music therapy intervention to enhance social skills in an adolescent diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, British Journal of Music Therapy Volume 23, No 2

Fuller, A.M., & McLeod, R.G. (2019) The Connected Music Therapy Teleintervention Approach (CoMTTA) and its application to family-centred programs for young children with hearing loss, Australian Journal of Music Therapy Vol 30

App Name

Description

Client Group

Associated MT Clinical Goals

Useful tips

Compatibility

Fingertip Maestro

Intuitive piano or  guitar, with visual stimuli

 

 

It has proven effective with the elderly, clients with dementia or brain injury. The colourful screen and its simplicity encourages quick engagement and good support for musical interaction between therapist and client

Awareness of cause and effect / Sustained attention

 

You can record the creation and share with client’s family

 

Each colour square plays a note, play a few together for a chord, or swipe for melodies.

Use the scroll bar for more notes.

 

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

AirHarp

Bongos

Guitar

Tabla

(among many  more)

 

 

Virtual instruments

All

Finger dexterity / Social interaction /  Self-expression

 

Therapist can change the instruments key. In Guitar screen can be rotated for L/R hand use.

 

Singing Fingers

 

Fingerpaint with sound. Make a sound while moving your finger to record a sound-drawing. Touch the drawing you just made to play the sound back

 

Paediatric

 

Hand-eye coordinatinon / Multisensory stimulation / visual tracking / finger dexterity

 

To play the sounds back out its better to spread the recording across the screen instead of holding the finger still

 

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

 

Sound Forest

Music making app with attractive visuals that allows you to compose animated songs.

Paediatric, Young adults, Brain Injury

This app has proven useful to work on executive functions such as Choice making / organization and planning / attention skills

 

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

 

Jam Looper

Featuring smart automatic looping, multiple tracks, volume control and track effects.

 

All

Voice awareness, interactive music making, cause and effect

 

Use headphones to avoid echo during recording. You can add effects to each loop.

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

 

Bloom

Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom's innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen.

 

Paediatric / PMLD / BI

 

cause and effect / specified localized movement / increase attention / multisensory stimulation / turn taking

 

Shake screen to clear. Adjust delay to give time for multiple activations from clients

 

You can choose from LISTEN or CREATE options

 

You can link to Skoog for joint music making

 

You can customize mood, mode, timer, delay of touch, among other settings.

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

 

Cove

Expression of emotions through music

 

Mental Health

 

Relaxation / mood awareness

 

Interest use is to create a new track each session with client, and then listen to the musical journey after a given time. Or at the beginning and end of session.

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

 

FingerBeat

Sampler, drum-machine & field recorder

 

Teenagers and adults

 

cause and effect / sustained attention / organisation and planning / choice making

 

Import/export feature to icloud/email/itunes

 

Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

 

Musyc

Touch turns into music. Draw shapes and listen to your piece of music while viewing sounds bouncing on the screen

BI / Paediatric / Teenagers and Adults / Older Adults

 

visual tracking / EF

 

 

Requires iOS 9.1 or later.

 

Endless

Multiplayer music making app

All

Collaborative music making

 

 

Songcraft

Collaborative real-time song-writing platform

All

Collaborative music making

Write lyrics, chords, or tabs from any device. Record or upload your audio files and organize your songs into collections