Noting the adventures in the lesser known but growing field of art therapy.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Iron Maiden Vocalist Engages in Music Therapy with Special Needs Children
You may have heard of Nordoff Robbins, a well-known music non-profit providing music therapy throughout the UK, and you may have heard of Bruce Dickinson, the singer for the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The two partnered for a day of music therapy together, with Bruce sharing his musical knowledge with clients.
IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Takes Part In Music Therapy Session With Special Needs Children
IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson visited music charity Nordoff Robbins's London, England centre on June 22 to celebrate Music Therapy Week.
The Nordoff Robbins London Centre in Kentish Town is the world's largest dedicated music therapy centre. It aims to offer a broad range of music therapy and music services to meet the needs of as many different people in as many different circumstances as possible. Ir provides specialist piano, keyboard, singing and songwriting lessons for people with a disability, illness, emotional difficulties or other challenges; music groups for babies, toddlers and their parents; singing groups for children with autism and adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung conditions.
During his visit, Bruce took part in a music therapy session with children from the Richard Cloudesley School, a special needs school in London, who have been bringing their children to Nordoff Robbins for music therapy for over 20 years.
Bruce said: "I've always thought that music therapy makes sense, because music is a universal language, and it crosses every border, every disability. People just like making a racket and it's very fulfilling, especially if you can make a good racket with somebody. It's sharing, it's communicating, but it doesn't have to be in words."
A short film about Bruce's visit to Nordoff Robbins's London, England centre can be seen above.
On July 3, IRON MAIDEN will be awarded the prestigious O2 Silver Clef by Nordoff Robbins in recognition of "outstanding contribution to U.K. music." Previous winners include THE ROLLING STONES, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, PINK FLOYD, GENESIS and QUEEN; last year's Silver Clef winner was Jimmy Page.
Dickinson was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with a tumor on his tongue late last year.
I am a registered, board certified, and licensed art therapist in the DC Metro area, and have been working in the field since 1999. I currently work with adolescents in a partial hospitalization program. I have also worked in home-based counseling and inner city ED school settings. In addition, I provide on-site field supervision to George Washington University graduate interns at my placement as supervisory faculty as well as supervise ATR candidates for their registration.
Medical Billing "Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed."
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write,
if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be,
he must be."
~ Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) American Psychologist
"He who works with his hands, is a workman.
He who works with his hands and his head, is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands, his head, & his heart, is an artist.
~ Francis of Assisi "Art teaches us beauty, humility and humor. You cannot be a healthy human being without art and music in your life."
~ Michael Horse (Native American Actor/Musician/Artist) "Art does real and permanent good."
~ Bob and Roberta Smith
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up."
"I found I could say things with color and shape that I couldn't say in any other way – things that I had no words for."
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
- Pablo Picasso