A thank you for music

Our music therapist David recently came to the end of his work with a beneficiary, who got in touch with him to say how much their time working on music had helped him. It was such a heart-felt note that we asked if we could share it, and he was more than happy with this.

Here David tells the story in his own words:

I ran my last specialist music lesson with a client who, in his time here, has gained a real understanding of how music has helped him and is very eloquent in expressing it. He chose music lessons originally rather than music therapy as he felt that an insight into playing and understanding music would give him the tools he needed to move himself back towards control and balance in his life.

A serious condition brought on by anxiety and stress had taken this control from him.

A few weeks ago he spoke to me to say he had been thinking about how far he had come here and how he had reached a point now where he had originally wanted to reach. He feels is not back to full capacity but has come to a point where he can use what he has gained from us to move himself back towards more independence and perhaps a return to a productive working life in a less stressful environment than before. He also had thought about the number of people that are waiting for place with us and the level of their need.     

So when he attended his last session he left a card addressed to ‘Dave and all at Nordoff Robbins’ with this message. What is important for me is that although he and I got on very well as individuals he recognises that it is the musical connection not the personal one that has made the difference.  Here’s what it said:

Thank you for awakening music within me. Before starting the sessions I had no hands-on musical expertise. The guitar sessions have allowed me to connect with myself to a source of joy and playfulness not felt since I was a child. Thank you very very much from the deepest part of my heart.

Music speaks to a deeper playful part of us that we often forget we have (or worse, assume we lost when we grew up). To know the impact that music can have on people’s lives is truly wonderful.