Lifemusic: Putting the Hum into Human

september, 2016

30sep8:15 am10:30 amLifemusic: Putting the Hum into Humana Leading Edges seminarSpeaker: Jon Blend

Event Details

This workshop introduces Lifemusic, a socially inclusive group- approach to improvisatory music making that uses ‘instant access’ instruments and voice. It draws inspiration from Jazz, Jungian archetypes and the oral tradition. Therapeutic rather than therapy per se, Lifemusic aims to foster ‘communitas’ and personal well being through focussing on embodied listening and responding. This creative non -verbal discourse seeks to explore harmony and dissonance.

Lifemusic has four precepts:

  1. Everyone (really!) is musical
  2. There are no ‘wrong’ notes
  3. Every sound has a meaning
  4. Music making requires trust

We will explore pitch and rhythm experiments, making music together with some process time later for reflection No musical experience or skill is required to take part. Simple acoustic instruments are provided; participants are welcome to bring their own too.

Jon Blend MA is a relational gestalt /integrative psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and Lifemusic practitioner who has worked extensively in child and adult psychiatry. He tutors at The Gestalt and Minster Centres and internationally. Jon is also a Baby Watching mentor, an attachment-based project involving pupils witnessing mother- infant relating. Jon has a particular interest in ‘Communicative Musicality’ characteristic of early dialogues. (Trevarthen).

Jon’s chapter in Relational Child, Relational Brain explores psychotherapy with a mute client using drumming. His articles include I Got Rhythm (International Gestalt J, 2010 32,2.) His carefully tailored ‘experiments with sound‘ help clients’ explore present experience, develop awareness and find focus.

The Lifemusic concept was founded by Dr. Rod Paton- whose book is entitled Lifemusic: connecting people to time (2011) Archive pub. UK


(Friday) 8:15 am - 10:30 am


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