Download the Clinical Verbal Skills Guide, and then share how they could enhance your practice in the Music Therapy Leaders Facebook Group.
BONUS: Songwriting Experience with Tracy Richardson, Ph.D., MT-BC
With this experience, Tracy demonstrates two important steps to keep in mind when approaching your clients with songwriting.
- Ask yourself “What’s the goal?” This songwriting exercise invites you to acknowledge the pain felt during 2020 AND offer a glimmer of hope for the future. Since Tracy knew our goals, she was able to write the chorus specifically tailored to our request: “We’ve got hard time, but we’ve got hope. We’ve got mountains to climb, but we’ve got rope. We’ve got our friends to help us cope. We’ve got hard times and we’ve got hope.”Furthermore, because we needed both aspects – hards times & hope – she invited ODD groups to come up 7 words of “hard times,” while the EVEN groups generated 7 words of “hope.”
- Simplicity and Repetition are your friends! Notice how repetitive the chorus is. And the first line is the same as the last line. Tracy uses a common gospel chord progression, which is familiar and simple enough for everyone to learn quickly.
If you’re looking to improve your verbal skills & weave them into a supportive songwriting process, then sign up for our new 8 CMTE course Verbal and Songwriting Skills with Dr. Tracy Richardson!