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CTV NEWS: "How music therapy is helping some manage pandemic stress"

"...What Collins inadvertently began doing, listening to music with the intention to calm himself, is something more and more of us are trying to do, says Miya Adout, the founder and director of Miya Music Therapy, a Toronto-based company that offers certified music therapy in a variety of settings to clients of all ages and abilities. Adout says her music therapists work one-on-one with clients to get them closer to their therapeutic goals by using and listening to music in an active way in their everyday lives. “There’s a difference between music therapy and just listening to music as entertainment,” Adout told during a phone interview on Sunday. She believes the key difference is listening to music with intention


The COVID-19 pandemic brought almost all of the services Adout’s company was providing privately and in long-term care facilities and education centres to a standstill, and forced to her to move the business online. The shift to providing music therapy virtually prompted Adout and a colleague to create ‘Music with Intention,’ a group program specially designed for adults looking to build their self-care toolbox through music therapy. Clients meet weekly with a certified music therapist through a Zoom session where they learn about the cognitive effects of music on the brain, the body’s physical responses to music, creating the right playlists, and journaling to track how certain songs make them feel.

Adout said the four-week program, which launched on May 18, is serving five people, and other clients are signed up for private music therapy sessions. She plans to start another program once this one is complete...."

Read more of Jackie Vandinther's article at CTV NEWS.


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