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Vibes performing arts provides music therapist as a mental physical health resource

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Published: Jun. 1, 2020 at 6:51 PM CDT
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Vibes Performing Arts music studio hired the only music therapist in 2019. Music therapy sessions aren’t like music lessons.

Zane Rutledge, a music therapist, said he likes to include improvisation in his sessions. He said this helps people figure out personal struggles.

“We use it a lot for representing emotions and how we experience them,” Rutledge said.

He adds he doesn’t critique anyone’s playing unless it’s necessary because it takes the therapy portion away from it.

“Discussion will largely relate to the music at the end of the session. We will usually try and link what we experienced in the music to the outside of it,” Rutledge said.

Amy Munsell, Vibes Performing Arts owner and director said music therapy can be for anyone at any age for relaxation, brain injuries, mental health struggles or pain reduction, but it’s up to the client.

“They have to think about that treatment goal and what they are seeking,” Munsell said.

Munsell adds they have private lessons available that focus more on developing people musically.

“We can help support by developing their theory and their skills on instruments or vocals in a private lesson. If they are looking for medical treatment that’s more music therapy,” Munsell said.

She adds people without any musical background can participate in music therapy.

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