Karlene M. Francis ~ Music Therapist
About Your Music Therapist
Karlene M. Francis, BA (Mus), Cert. Mus T, MTA, MT-BC
I trained and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from Western University and with a Certificate in Music Therapy (Cert. MT) from a recognized university music therapy program (Acadia '15) to learn how to use music skillfully to promote positive effects on the wellness of individuals in all stages and conditions of their lives. I have also completed the required 1000 hours internship in the areas of long term care, rehabilitation, oncology and palliative care and am a certified music therapist with designations recognized in Canada (MTA) and the United States (MT-BC).
In therapy sessions, I implement primarily live music in-person or in real-time over an online platform. I use a combination of pitched instruments (piano, guitar, cello), non-pitched instruments (hand drums, shakers) and singing. A music therapist typically will play at least one instrument competently at an advanced level. I studied classical piano for 13 years, I am self-trained in playing popular music on keyboards and I also studied cello for over 11 years.
Music therapists are expected to learn and play secondary instruments well-enough to support the therapeutic process. Guitar and harp are two effective choices to use in sessions and therefore, at least one of these instruments are usually learned if not studied as a primary one previously. I have used guitar often in music therapy delivery.
Although music is the primary tool utilized to administer the therapeutic process, participants are not required to have any formal music training.
What Music Therapy is Not
A process to train and develop
instrumental or vocal ability towards mastery
A performance, entertainment
show for an audience
Passive. Individuals take an active role
in the treatment process on some level.
Applications for Music Therapy
Autism spectrum disorders
Health and Wellness
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic Brain Injury
Where I have clinical experience/areas of specialty
The selected list above of Applications for Music Therapy indicates areas where individuals are most served by this unique therapy.
I have clinical experience and areas of interest in practice with adults living with Alzheimer's, dementia and other neuro-degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. I have also worked with youth and adults dealing with mental health challenges such as anxiety and situational depression as well as adults in palliative care.
Music therapy is effective for many reasons and there is growing evidence based research that shows that
applications of music skillfully by a music therapist can:
Boost cognitive function, regulate mood states, regulate breathing and heart rate, and so much more!
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