The Music Well

 A new provision for ‘Music for Wellbeing’ in the Rye area

Music Therapist Liz Butt has decided to expand her service to encompass other musical activities for health and wellbeing. These activities will include drumming circles, singing groups, music lessons and bringing music sessions to the housebound as well as music therapy. This has been Liz’s inspiration for setting up a Community Interest Company called “The Music Well”.

Liz has been running a Music Therapy Service for the local community since 2004. She sees people of all ages between 1 and 90 at her two bases, one at the Primary School and the other in her central Rye home. Liz has a large collection of instruments from all over the world; plenty of them found locally at the Rye Auction Galleries and in local shops. These all provide a rich palate of sounds to be used in music therapy. The feedback from Liz’s sessions has confirmed her belief in the power of music to address ill health and distress. “People who take part in music have noticed the difference it has made to their wellbeing and progress” (participant in group)

Circle of Drums
Circle of Drums

“I just felt better” (child)

“Music Therapy has been a lifeline for my son as he learned to control the process of exploring his emotions through music therapy” (parent)

Drum circles are becoming increasingly popular as a way of bringing people together to share rhythms, feel better, overcome loneliness and increase self esteem. They are available to anyone in the community. Liz is hoping to set one up in September.

Singing together has proven benefits for wellbeing as it has the physical advantages of working on breathing capacity and the emotional ones of sharing self expression in a group. Liz also believes that music can have great advantages for the elderly, stimulating a feeling of wellbeing and bringing valuable reminiscences. She would like to set up a home visiting service for music therapy and activity such as listening to familiar music and/or playing some of the instruments for those people in the community who cannot get out and about.

Liz believes that the community itself is a ‘well’ of musical resources and that by coming together to share musical activities the health of each individual as well as that of the community can be supported.

The ‘well’ could contain music therapist, musicians, music teachers, singers and drummers, all to be ‘drawn’ upon by local people.

A new provision for ‘Music for Wellbeing’ in the Rye area

Music Therapist Liz Butt has decided to expand her service to encompass
other musical activities for health and wellbeing. These activities
will include drumming circles, singing groups, music lessons and bringing
music sessions to the housebound as well as music therapy. This has
been Liz’s inspiration for setting up a Community Interest Company
called “The Music Well”.

Liz has been running a Music Therapy Service for the local community
since 2004. She sees people of all ages between 1 and 90 at her two
bases, one at the Primary School and the other in her central Rye
home. Liz has a large collection of instruments from all over the
world; plenty of them found locally at the Rye Auction Galleries and
in local shops. These all provide a rich palate of sounds to be used
in music therapy. The feedback from Liz’s sessions has confirmed
her belief in the power of music to address ill health and distress.
“People who take part in music have noticed the difference it has
made to their wellbeing and progress” (participant in group)

“I just felt better” (child)

“Music Therapy has been a lifeline for my son as he learned to control
the process of exploring his emotions through music therapy” (parent)

Drum circles are becoming increasingly popular as a way of bringing
people together to share rhythms, feel better, overcome loneliness
and increase self esteem. They are available to anyone in the community.
Liz is hoping to set one up in September.

Singing together has proven benefits for wellbeing as it has the physical
advantages of working on breathing capacity and the emotional ones
of sharing self expression in a group. Liz also believes that music
can have great advantages for the elderly, stimulating a feeling of
wellbeing and bringing valuable reminiscences. She would like to set
up a home visiting service for music therapy and activity such as
listening to familiar music and/or playing some of the instruments
for those people in the community who cannot get out and about.

Liz believes that the community itself is a ‘well’ of musical resources
and that by coming together to share musical activities the health
of each individual as well as that of the community can be supported.

The ‘well’ could contain music therapist, musicians, music teachers,
singers and drummers, all to be ‘drawn’ upon by local people.

If you would like to find out more about either supporting “The Music
Well” with fund-raising or benefiting from a musical activity please
contact Liz Butt email:[email protected]

From September 2010 edition of ‘Rye’s Own