Scot Scoop News | Music can be the best medicine

When clients come into music therapy, they may expect just to learn how to play the guitar, but it’s much, much deeper than that.

– Erin Blanchette

Alee Domingue, of course, couldn’t express feelings.

Domingue lost a close aunt at a young age. She kept the emotions that came with this loss to herself for the next two years.

Then one day she sat down at the piano. Her fingers began to play the notes to her aunt’s favorite song, and soon emotions poured out of her, releasing everything that had been held inside her. Words, sentences and stories became melodies.

Within five minutes, Domingue had composed a piece filled with all the feelings surrounding the loss of her family member.

“It was the first time I experienced something like this where I could just write how I was feeling,” Domingue said. “I’ve never stopped writing since then [music].”

Domingue later joined Blanchette’s music therapy group. On some days the music therapy group takes part in a drum circle. Other days they analyze different music genres.

Domingue loves music. She plays the guitar, piano and even the ukulele. However, Domingue recently had surgery on his arm and has been unable to play music for months. However, that doesn’t stop her passion for music, and she now spends time listening to songs to analyze the deeper meanings within them.

“I feel like I’m in another world. Music is very interesting to me and I like to go all out,” said Domingue. “Hearing other people’s songs, understanding their music, is just an amazing experience.”

Blanchette’s music therapy sessions helped Domingue a lot. Now Domingue is studying in college to become a music therapist herself.

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