…in the shower, in the garden, down the street,
in the bush, making-music…
…on her own and with others…
…as she expresses herself, uniting with the world around her and interacting with others who are both listening & participating.
“We’ve been on a wonderful journey you & I. What fun we’ve had laughing & singing, holding a rainbow in our hands”
– a person living with dementia.
“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears - it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more - it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”
– Oliver Sacks author of "Musicophilia – Tales of Music & the Brain"
Through this website, Alkeiya hopes that more people will be inspired to sing, to create, and through their creative endeavours find happiness, and opportunities to share that happiness with others.
At a young age Alkeiya discovered her love of ‘creating’.
Early in her teaching career, the concepts of ‘work as play and play as work’ led her to embrace living, working and playing in doing what she loved. In difficult times, she has found peace, joy and has been empowered in the action of creating, whether through dance, making-music, quilting, mosaic-construction instrument-making or writing. see more
“We can create our joy every day – rediscovering our passions and enjoyable pursuits helps us connect with the world in a powerful & positive way.” – Allison Arden
photos by Andy Lancaster
…is the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and well being. With the belief that everyone possesses their own unique sensitivity to music and ability to take part, Alkeiya focuses on making music with people, not to them. She invites them to actively join her: focusing, listening, moving, singing, & playing. This activity becomes a 'doorway' they create together, for telling their stories, for reaching a deeper understanding of each other, and for the healing of emotional trauma.
“Music therapy doesn’t change people, it allows them to become more completely who they are.” – Clive Robbins, Creative Music Therapy
To enable people to become 'more completely who they are' the natural processes of the amazing human body are supported and encouraged by music therapy. These processes include Neuroplasticity and Endorphyns. Some information about Neuroplasticity – Music can be found at Neurologic Music Therapy.
Music Therapists in Australia
For information about the activities of Music Therapists in Australia & recent research see the Australian Music Therapy Association.