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Autism Therapy and Music from Brett Lee Foundation

Autism Therapy and Music –  Brett Lee Foundation ‘Mewsic’ to Fund Music Therapy Academy

Brett Lee Foundation, ‘Mewsic‘, has partnered with Music Therapy Trust a non-profit organisation in the UK.  The partnership will train musicians to offer children with cognitive disorders, trauma and autism music therapy resources.

Brett Lee’s ‘Mewsic’ brings school to Delhi providing music therapy for children with autism, cognitive, psychosocial challenges  and other disorders. Lee and fellow Australian team mate Steve Waugh both have charity foundations in India.

Brett Lee Autism Therapy and Music
Brett Lee, recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket helps bring music therapy to underpriviledged and autistic kids. taken with Nikon D100 by Wayne McLean

At the school therapists will be trained in the integration of music and therapy.  Students will be learning how the physiology and psychology can be altered by music, rhythm and melody.

Music is a universal language can be used to augment communication when a persons abilities are disrupted. whether it be due to illness, trauma or genetic disorder.

The esteemed music therapist Lucanne Magill will lead the course as reported in the Deccan Herald. Magill has been working in music therapy helping afflicted persons and their families since 1973.

Autism Therapy and Music from Brett Lee Foundation

The academy set up in partnership with a UK-based non-profit organisation, Music Therapy Trust, will train Indian musicians to make a difference in the lives of children affected by trauma, illness or multiple psychosocial or cognitive challenges by offering an international post-graduate diploma in clinical music therapy. The course will be led by music therapist Lucanne Magill, who has moved from the US to train students.

The academy has begun with five Indians and two Nepalese resident students. Located in the Action For Autism’s National Centre for Autism in Jasola Vihar in the capital, the academy will benefit children with autism who attend the centre by enhancing their lives by enabling them to behave manageably with members at home, a spokesperson for the centre said.

“Music therapy was an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional cognitive and social needs of individual who are marginalised or who are facing difficulties life challenges,” therapist Magill said.

“Our clinical music therapy is a very personalised approach in which we assess the specific needs of the patients aimed at improving their quality of life. The five students whom we have begun to train in our maiden post-graduate programme are all talented musicians, but not full-time.

One of them is a psychologist who will use the training in clinical therapy. A banker, who is an amateur musician, wants to be a full-time music therapist after training. They will be taught to use music for healing,” Magill told IANS.

Besides the PG diploma, the academy will offer clinical services as well, Magill said. She said “sometimes children begin to speak of their trauma after exposure to music”.

There is more to the story at the Deccan Herald site.

Lucanne Magill has been offering his services since the 1970’s when applied music therapy reached a broader scope of patients past hospices. Any patient who is challenged by physical, mental and spiritual issues can benefit from therapy applied through music.

Children with autism are certainly within that scope. There are many a YouTube video showing kids with autism related disorders able to not only play music excellently but to join in song and gaiety with other musicians.

Have you ever experienced communication through music? Have you ever attended a concert and watched musicians communicate with each other through their insturments? Have you ever noticed how a concert audience can react in unison, everyone’s attention focused on the same tune, in the same mood, with the same feelings?

Music therapy and therapists have the power to do the same with autistic children.