What We Do
An international Music Therapy specialist heads the Academy and trains students who are studying a Post Graduate Diploma of Clinical Music Therapy through the Academy. This course will help us build up a pool of talented therapists in India to deliver services to disadvantaged children. The course teaches theory and also gives students practical exposure by conducting Music Therapy sessions with children affected by cancer, HIV/AIDS along with autistic and orphaned children.
The Academy delivers world class training to create a pool of professional Clinical Music Therapists in India and to provide an operational Music Therapy Centre to work with a wide range of beneficiaries. These include, children and youth with autism, orphans and street children/youth (some of whom may have HIV), people living with cancer and other long term/life threatening illnesses, children needing stress and health management support, and other needy children who require Music Therapy to overcome trauma and other significant life challenges.
Mewsic in collaboration with The Music Therapy Trust, aims to see the expansion of this program by establishing Academies in other major cities across India in the coming years.
Mewsic provided Music Therapy to orphans at Bal Sahayog Orphanage in Delhi through a unique songwriting program called ‘Songs for Hope.’ This program engaged children in group song-writing activities whereby lyrics and melodies were created by children in Music Therapy group sessions. During the 6 month process, each child in each group had the opportunity to compose a song – giving the child a unique opportunity to express themselves through music.
Through a baseline survey of the children, it was found that these children had difficulties ‘trusting’ people – this is not difficult to understand given that they had lost their families so early on in life. Using Music as a medium, our trained Music Therapists helped Bal Sayog orphans explore relationships and trust through song, and helped them express their feelings about the trauma they had experienced in losing their families.
Children grew in confidence, participation and expression through this life-changing 6month process.
Mewsic Therapy In Hospitals
In order to develop the industry and promote the practice of Music Therapy in a variety of contexts, Mewsic is launching Music Therapy in Hospitals Mewsic establishes Music Therapy Departments in Major Hospitals serving the underprivileged in India by bringing leading Australian Music Therapists into India on 12month placements.
The aim of the program is to capture vital research to highlight the impact of Music Therapy in an Indian context, advocate Music Therapy as an international practice which is common in most hospitals around the world, and create a department which can then be run in the long term by graduates of the Mewsic Therapy Academy in Jasola Vihar in Delhi.
International Music Therapists will focus on three core areas during their placement in hospitals:
ii. Research – capturing vital data to support the development and sustenance of a Music Therapy Department in every Major Hospital in India and provide valuable supporting information for the overall support and of the industry.
iii. Advocacy – Promoting their work and its benefits both within the hospital and outside it, to create awareness of the benefits of the work, promote the innovative approach being undertaken by both the Hospital and Mewsic, and to generate greater support for the industry in India from within the Health Industry and Government.
Mewsic in collaboration with ‘Moksha’ is commencing a Dance Therapy program. Moksha’s founder, Mayuri Bhandari brings her valuable expertise and insight in dance and movement from the US and, working hand in hand with Mewsic, is bringing that unique knowledge to enhance the lives of children in India.
This program will give these kids access to dance trainers, movement classes, and performance opportunities which are so important for their physical and mental development. With a guided curriculum and group activities, children will have the opportunity to learn, express themselves and grow through music and dance.
Music, dance and movement are essential elements in a child’s learning and development. Dance releases a child’s energy (outlet of inner emotions, frustrations, etc.) and can improve their memory development and sensory coordination. Movement helps him learn balance, coordination, body awareness and rhythm.
The aim of the program is to use music, dance and movement as a tool for development through learning and teaching in multiple methods (Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic) – fostering self confidence, concentration levels and diligence, whilst also imbibing values, understanding and appreciation around the core themes of: