Music as Therapy

Last week we attended JP’s school conference. It went well and we are so impressed with JP’s school. It’s not common for a public school to have a full time art teacher, technology teacher, science lab teacher and music teacher, but JP’s school has them all. JP has already started to code as well as play the keyboard.

We spoke to the music teacher about JP matching pitches and imitating sounds he hears such as the jingle of our phone. The teacher said to keep playing music as much as we can to expose JP to a variety of songs.

The only time I really play music is when I’m cooking. I listen to NPR when in the car or working from home. I’ve found it too dangerous to run with my headphones on. So when JP is with me we don’t always have music on. I’m trying to change that. So far he likes reggae the best. He told me the music was too sad when I played Beach House, likewise for his dad’s standby Radiohead.

One song that really makes me think is The National’s, Pink Rabbits. I first heard this song live when the band was practicing in Prospect Park one Friday afternoon before their concert. JP and I were playing in the park and it was amazing to hear live music and watch JP play. Times were different then, it was before we knew what obstacles were ahead. But I still get nostalgic when I hear that song.

 

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2 Responses to “Music as Therapy”

  1. Janie March 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    I also like Beach House, but I understand what JP means. Have you tried Talking Heads or Future Islands?

  2. Paul April 12, 2017 at 5:53 am #

    Hi Leslie,

    This post really hit home for me for a few different reasons. First, let me say that I just stumbled across your blog after some google searches and I’m glad I did =). Your resource list is quite extensive, thank you! Also, I just shared your page here with my wife as well, I think she will love it.

    Anyway, I digress. Your post hit home with me because as a kid I had such terrible anxiety that I remember dreading going to school and interacting, only later would I be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

    My mother was very much against medicine as were a lot of others at that time. So she had an idea, she played all the classics, beethoven, mozart, chopin when I got home from school and was doing my homework. All of a sudden my head wasn’t so loud and I found out this had a huge effect on me in other areas.

    Unfortunately my son seems to have the same problem and my wife and I have found that this is helping him as well. Music is most certainly a wonderful therapy!

    -Paul
    P.S – sorry for the long-winded reply

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