Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music Therapy is an evidence based health profession in which a supportive client-therapist relationship is combined with music to promote emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. Participants can engage in a range of musical experiences, allowing them to express themselves in a way that transcends words; engage in therapeutic conversation using music as a tool; build meaningful connections with peers; collaboratively work on coping skills; work on projects with long term goals; and rest, re-center and ground themselves. Music therapy groups and one-on-one sessions are offered by Crossroads Collective.
Some of the programs we offer are:
6 – 8 years
A) Musical storytelling: Kids create sounds and sing along to musical stories such as Bear Hunt and we use percussion instruments to tell the story. We can also create some of our own instruments to create the sounds effects in our story. CD will be made at the end. Project is created in Garageband.
B) Puppet plays using iMovie: Kids choose a story and recreate it or write an original story with me and then create all the props and backdrops to film a story in iMovie. They narrate their own stories and have their puppets act out each part. Kids are provided a Dropbox link of their finished video project at the end that they can upload to their Youtube Channel if they wish.
C) Picture books: Kids can create their own picture books with me. We sketch things out and make a storyboard and then start to assemble pages into my computer util the manuscript is complete and then have it printed.
Middle Schoolers and above
A) Creative Writing: Cover all the different types of writing based on the interest of the child/teen.
B) Songwriting: Kids make up their own songs with me using Garageband and record their voices – make CD’s.
C) Music Parodies: Making videos of song parodies that they write and act out with me.
D) PSA’s: Kids write PSA’s about subjects they are passionate about and we film.
E) Youtube: Kids set up their own Youtube Channels. (with parent’s permission and we film little videos and upload)
F) Blogging: Kids learn to blog with me – can set up their own blog with parent’s permission.
G) Music Exploration: Singing and playing instruments together.
Meet The Team
DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth Specialties: Autism, ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Assessments, Social Skills, Social groups
Aimee Murdoch, BMT
I believe that everyone deserves to be able to express themselves to someone who will listen with an open heart and mind, whether they be capable of verbal expression or not. It is in my core belief that every child has a right to feel and express their emotions without judgement or repercussions. In a moment where a child may have difficulties using verbal communication, music therapy creates a space that allows music to be a voice. I am here to help facilitate this discovery and assist a child in using music to express, cope, and learn new tools to use in their day to day lives.
(READ MORE) A lot of the work done between myself and the child will depend on the specific goals that are set. For example understanding appropriate social cues, creating self-regulation tools, and forming a solid grasp on various emotions and how they may present themselves in the body. My use of guitar, piano, voice, drumming, and other percussion instruments allows for a fun environment for a child to feel safe, heard, and to explore.
I started my musical career at the age of 4 years old, and utilized piano as a strong coping mechanism in my childhood. It was early on that I discovered the importance of using music as a form of expression. As H.C. Anderson once wrote, “Where words fail, music speaks.” I aspire to provide a compassionate space for children to feel the truth in these words.
I completed an intense five year degree receiving my Bachelors in Music Therapy, which then continued with a 1000 hour internship to develop my skills. I am in the process of taking my board exam in the next few months that will finalize my training and make me a certified music therapist. I have put in over 1500 clinical hours in multiple different populations including geriatrics, psychiatric, children, and immigrant mothers and their children. I am particularly passionate about working with children and aim to provide a compassionate, empathetic, and fun approach.
I am knowledgeable in song composition, music theory, improvisation, and music therapy research methods. Additionally, I am trained in assessment, treatment-planning, psychology, and evaluation, ensuring that I am familiar with major theories and models of therapy to meet the unique needs of diverse individuals receiving Music Therapy services.