Jindra Bartošová, Zuzana Ouředníčková

Jindra Bartošová, Dis.: Music has been my friend since I was a child and I am grateful to be able to use it a lot in my work as a music therapist. In the years 2011 – 2015 I completed training in counseling and therapeutic skills, during this period I gradually looked into a wider range of expressive therapies and in 2016 I penetrated more into the magic of music therapy thanks to a long-term course by Markéta Gerlichová. I am a guaranteed member of the Music Therapy Association of the Czech Republic. In recent years, I have been working mostly (not exclusively) with children with combined disabilities and with families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. I realize playful workshops with elements of music therapy in kindergartens and schools or in the newly established music therapy studio at Palmovka. I teach self-development courses and workshops, which I want to used to spread awareness about music therapy and how we can use it in our work, but also for ourselves. Together with two great therapists, we founded the non-profit company Flami, z.s. in 2019. The aim is to connect individuals and groups, support each other and look for ways to a fulfilled life together. We are currently working on an interactive web application that will bring parents, children and many professionals inspiration and motivation to develop through the game. Because the art of PLAY can move us where we want to go, not only in childhood.

Mgr. Zuzana Ourednickova is a vocational member of Music Therapy Association of the Czech Republic. She studied special education on Faculty of Education, Charles University, including the Music Therapy module and finished with state exam. She extended her acquirement of Music Therapy by 2 year programme of Educational Music Therapy on Faculty of Education, Charles University and by several subsequent courses. In 2003-2019 she worked as a special educacionist and music therapist for clients with special needs in social services and education. Within the framework of multidisciplinary access she deepen her insight to the medical and physiotherapy matters etc. First of all in Czech Republic she implemented a systematically usage of sound cradle in music therapy as a support for psychomotor development of clients with combined disabilities. Since 2004 she was involved in crisis intervence and continued to study in a field of psychotherapy. Currently she works as a psychotherapist and music therapist for common and handicapped clients. Since 2014 she works as a lector for public and experts in several Czech institutions and companies, e. g. early intervention (TamTam), Jedlička Institute and Schools, SPMP Prague. In 2017-2020 she leaded an educational programme Training in Integrative Music Therapy with Mgr. Tomas Prochazka.

Abstract of workshop: SOUND CRADLE – sound, body, breath and voice

Sound cradle is a unique musical instrument, which allows us not only to hear, but also to feel the sound as a vibration in whole our body. Through these vibrations we can directly affect and harmonise the body-based emotional processes; we can: stabilize and deepen the breath, make ring the voice, relax or activate the muscle tone, bring down stress and anxiety etc. So the sound cradle can be used both in therapy and adjunctive work with a different clients with various difficulties.

In this workshop we will show some possibilities of using sound cradle in individual and group therapy. We’ll aim on an interconnectedness of sound, body, breath and voice, because the breath is our fundamental living crutch, whitch needs to be attended with care. We often not put attention to breath, because we take it as an obvious thing. Nevertheless the breath is an indicator of our feeling and at once it is the way we can make change, when we feel inaccurate. Vibrations help us to feel our breath better and manage it smoothly. We will experience, observe and share that sound operation and the healing potential of vibrations.

We’ll try out a concentration to ourselves, to our own breath, our pulse, the body rhythms and together consonance. We’ll also discover, how different can be our perceptions and by the same way how we can chime in together, if we really want. In a secure level we’ll boost up our ability of improvisation, which is an integral part of music therapeutic work.