This week we talk to Dean Quick about the healing power of music
Dean Quick, MT-BC is the Program Director and Board Certified Music Therapist for TranscendED, a treatment center for eating disorders. He also provides broader music therapy through his personal practice. He is also a member of the Music Therapy Association of North Carolina.
In This Interview, Dean Quick and I Discuss…
- His work as a music therapist for people with mental illness
- How he works with clients who have no musical ability or skill
- That live music is most effective as well as the client’s preferred music in music therapy
- That music bypasses the cognitive processes of trauma and allows a person to reach a place within themselves that might otherwise be difficult to access
- How Gabby Giffords has used music to retrain her language
- That music can ignite the brain unlike anything else
- Where someone would go to explore music therapy as a patient
- That music can be used as therapy for children with developmental disabilities
- How music can be used by anyone as therapy on their own as therapy with some simple approaches
- Being mindful of the power of music in your own daily life
- Honoring the feeling in the moment with music
- Asking yourself “how am I honoring my feeling in this present moment”
- How we can engage with music in a mindful way to increase the power it has in our lives
- Using music to pace your practice of progressive muscle relaxation
- Why it’s better to choose our own music rather than buying music playlists that are “for relaxation”
Dean Quick Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.