Claudia Knoll

Claudia Knoll is a qualified music therapist and MA supervisor from Germany, since 2007 living and working in Slovenia. She works as a music therapist in private practice, co-leads the music therapy training course in Kranj and is writing her doctoral theses at the University of Ljubljana. In past year, she begun to cooperate with Palacky Univerzity in Olomouc, Czech Republic, as a lecturer. Correspondence: institutknoll@yahoo.com.

Abstract of presentation and workshop: “MOMENTS OF BEEING” – MUSIC THERAPY WITH YOUTH AND ADULTS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES

The focus of the presentation and workshop are special moments in music therapy with youth and adults with severe disabilities. Pointing out some basic thoughts of developmental psychology and specific capacities of music in the therapeutic proces, the author will present short video examples of “moments” in her music therapy sessions with a client to underline her statements. Even though there are measurable outcomes of music therapy with people with severe disabilities, the focus of this case-study is not mainly on the improvements clients make in the physical, cognitive and psycho-social areas. What the author wants to communicate instead is the very importance of the rare experience for many people with severe disabilities. The experience to “be”: Being here, being heard, being connected, being active, being understood. Assuming that severe disabilities affect a person in a complexe way, music therapy provides possibilities to meet the clients needs within a holistic approach.