“Renee Dundas delivered more than we could have imaged for our child and family through music.
- Devon | Venice, CA
Music therapy is a field that uses music in a prescribed manner as a treatment for rehabilitating, maintaining, and improving the lives of persons with physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. Music Therapy is a creative arts therapy. It compliments and augments other therapy such as Art, Dance, and Drama Therapy and Occupational, speech and physical therapies. It is, however, unique in that music provides an accessible and enjoyable medium for growth and learning. It is a healing art, based on scientific principles and grounded in research.
Frequently asked questions such as: What do you do in music therapy? How do you do music therapy? Do you play an instrument? Oh, I love music, do you have people sit and listen to relax? The answer to these questions is vast and varied. Yes, I do play an instrument, yes listening to music can relax people and yes, most people love music. The how, what and why questions can be answered by experiencing it.
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Music Therapy is a powerful, non-invasive, and non-pharmacological medium capable of unique outcomes. It is accessible to all and is used with infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors individually, in groups, or with families. Clients need no prior music training to receive services. Individuals benefit from active engagement in the therapeutic process which may include creating, learning, listening to, or performing music.
Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address their social, communication, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory, and spiritual needs. For over 26 years, Living Music has been providing Music Therapy sessions to Los Angeles residents, school and health facilities.
Welcome to my practice. I am a certified music therapist and I have always excited to introduce Music Therapy. I am committed to improving the quality of lives of the individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families that I see. Music creates an environment, which feels safe for emotional expression and it allows me to treat my clients with empathy, warmth, compassion and love through music. I listen and listen well without judgment, criticism or advise, all with the hope of providing a positive therapeutic experience and reduction of the stigma towards therapy sometimes experienced when seeking help from other therapies.
Using musical improvisation and exploration can help a child focus on the sound being creating rather than a procedure that is going on or will happen soon. The child can play a simple melody on the xylophone as the music therapist sings a familiar song while he is getting stitches. Or, the music therapist can engage the child in a non-verbal drum “conversation” alternating back and forth in response to the other’s drum beat. Before the child knows it, time has passed that was not spent worrying.
The relaxing and restorative power of music is amazingly illustrated in the lives of seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Music therapy leads to increased secretion levels of "feel-good" brain chemicals, including melatonin, serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and prolactin in Music can boost mood, reduce stress and agitation, foster positive social interactions, coordinate motor function, and even facilitate cognition. How? Even as the disease progresses and cognitive function declines, the human brain still naturally responds to music. And the benefits continue long after the music stops playing.
“Renee is truly passionate about how music can change someone lives, even if just for a moment"
- Lisa | Marina del Rey, CA
We use various methods to work with our patients using variable techniques during therapy.
We accept Medical Insurance from different providers. Contact us to discuss insurance options.
LIVING MUSIC LOS ANGELES
* Development of motor skills
* Nursing Homes
* Pain Management
* Physchiatric Facilities
* Stress / Anxiety
* Veteran Affairs / PTSD Treatments
* and many other benefits
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Music lives within you - let it heal
REnee Dundas, MA, MTBC
LIVING MUSIC LA | MUSIC THERAPY
Board Certified Music Therapist