How is my program Transitions and Violin different from registered music therapy?
The practice of the therapeutic musician is to use the intrinsic healing elements of beautiful-quality live sound through passive listening, rather than engaging in required singing or other activities. The sonorities of the highly-skilled performance-oriented musician provides an environment conducive to the human healing process, a musical massage, if you will. See Music and the Brain for more information.
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The Arts in Unusual Settings for Health and Wellness
The Transitions and Violin program is an in-person private service I offer to you and your loved one. I will create a program based on discussion with the family to determine piece/song preferences of the client. The program will generally be 30 minutes of music of solo violin, tapping into memories and fostering a sustained time of repose. The vibrations and expressiveness voice of the violin bathe the client and move many through difficult times.
"These three clips are from a cd recording made following a concert I organized to celebrate my father, Charles Damon Canfield, and part of the instrumental body of work composed by him. This private event was held in Bothell, Wa. for close family and friends in January 2002, less than a week before he passed away from cancer. My father was present, lucid, and spoke appreciatively of everyone present."
"My father, composer and pianist Charles Canfield, and I enjoyed playing 'Danny Boy' together many times: such wonderful memories. Those of you who know it well, will hear unusual chords. This is signature Charles, “Chordal Canfield”, as he was called in university days, when he studied music, composition and engineering at the UofW in Seattle."
"I later learned he had told his palliative team that he couldn’t “go” until he’d heard this concert. Some of the works we played that day he had never heard performed - world-premieres, for everybody's ears, and on two rehearsals! To add to the depth of this experience, it was one of the snowiest days on record. The concert to honor my father almost didn't happen."
"I am forever grateful to pianist, Roger Nelson and cellist, Craig Weaver, for agreeing to be part of this beautiful day. Matesky Studios, thank you."