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As my music therapy work has now completely shifted to online, I've found that the online format provides a great opportunity to explore Therapeutic Songwriting activities.


In her hugely influential book Therapeutic Songwriting, Felicity Baker, a registered music therapist outlines the benefits, challenges and range of ways in which therapeutic songwriting can be applied in music therapy.


Therapeutic Songwriting includes a range of activities such as composing music, writing lyrics, adapting existing songs, recording and notating, between a therapist and client as part of a treatment plan.


Songwriting can be used to address a range of goals including:

  • Exploring and expressing emotions

  • Address relationship issues

  • Focus on coping strategies

  • Developing sense of self and identity

  • Rehearse social skills

  • Engage in life review.

  • Improve focus and attention

  • Executive functioning tasks such as planning, sequencing, organising.


What Songwriting Means To Me


I have been composing music (or more precisely, randomly playing clusters of notes (What a liberating feeling!)) since I first sat down at a piano as a kid. In the intervening years I have honed my craft, writing music in bands, composing ambient music and delivering songwriting workshops in Australia and abroad. Recently I have embarked on a personal challenge to write and record one song each day (Currently up to Day 52 at time of writing).


I have always loved being able to help others find their voice and express themselves in creative and original ways. I truly believe that any song which comes from a place of sincere self-expression is beautiful and valid, regardless of it's aesthetic merit, or whether it fits neatly into established conventions or genres.



Creative freedom, self expression, having fun... what songwriting is all about!


With my specialist knowledge of music technology I am privileged to be able to use and adapt a range of tools to assist people of all abilities to create (and share!) their own original music. The feeling of pride and accomplishment and wonder which is evident when a person creates music which is an original expression of self is priceless.


In my online music therapy sessions I've been using a range of tools for collaborative songwriting including:

flat.io (online notation for creating a score);

Soundtrap (Collaborative online digital audio workstation); &

Chrome Song Maker (Great for beginners)




Chrome Song Maker is fun, easy and has great built-in features.

In coming weeks I'll be creating a video series exploring how to use each of these tools.


The Songwriting Challenge!



The best way to develop as a songwriter is to do it regularly. With this in mind I have created a Songwriting Challenge with five daily songwriting prompts.


Don't stress if you miss a day - the main thing is to have fun, learn something new and get creative.


Free pdf download of the songwriting challenge can be accessed here:

https://www.playanything.com.au/freebies






I love creating resources. And right now with many students at home, the need for quality, creative, engaging (and free!) resources has never been greater.


Each week I will be creating a new educational resource to share on my website.


The first resource I have created is a weekly art journal I created using Book Creator. If you haven't heard of Book Creator before, I would highly recommend you check it out. It's a great tool which you can use to make your own eBooks with text, pictures and sound recordings. Plus it's free.


Routine is so important to all of us. When things are feeling uncertain in the world, a daily practice and consistent, predictable activities can help reduce anxiety and worry.


With that in mind, I created What Can You Draw? - A simple art journal which has five drawing challenges for kids (one for each weekday).


--->Download the easy print pdf<---


Some helpful tips and strategies:

  • Set a daily reminder on your phone to prompt when it is time to begin the activity.

  • Too easy? Scaffold the activity (e.g. "Can you draw four completely different trees?" "Can you draw a monkey in the branches?")

  • Get involved! The best way to encourage a child is to get stuck in is to do the activity with them.





Want More Educational Resources?

Check back next week for more free learning resources from Play Anything or take a look at our selection of educational eBooks for all ages and abilities.



Updated: Mar 20

Spring is finally here. And more good news - We are now accepting Saturday morning bookings.


There are a limited number of spots available so do get in quick before they are booked out!

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