African-American intern shines a light on the essence of music therapy

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The African-American intern named Elizabeth Jemaneh, on Monday, September 13, 2021, in partnership with The Music Therapy Association of Ghana (MTAG) and The Institute of Music Therapy Ghana (IMT), in Accra, organized a seminar highlighting light the essence of music therapy. , detailing how it can be used to transform lives.

Elizabeth, of Ethiopian descent whose parents emigrated to America in the mid-1980s, is a product of the Baptist University of Dallas (USA), with a Bachelor of Arts in Music; and is currently doing his Master of Arts in Music Therapy at SRH Hochschule Heidelberg (Germany).

As part of the requirements for the completion of his master’s program, at the latter university, Jemaneh is doing a three-month internship abroad (Ghana).

Despite her Ethiopian lineage, she will choose Ghana, coming to Africa for her internship.

“I chose Ghana because it is English speaking and there is already a music therapist established here with whom I could study.” She said.

In music therapy, where music is clinically or primarily used to achieve individualized goals such as reducing stress, improving mood and self-expression, Elizabeth focuses on children.

In other words, children (babies) are its population or area of ​​interest; thus, she uses her expertise to help premature babies bond with their parents, reduce stress and improve their overall health; and also improve kids in their social skills, mood, communication and more.

In addition, her main musical instrument is her voice, so with or without any other instrument, she will use her voice for the healing process; However, if she chooses another instrument besides this one, she will always choose the guitar because of its mobility and also because she can play it. Nonetheless, she plays the keyboard; something else that serves as an accompaniment to his voice.

Speaking at the seminar, she emphatically stated that it is always important to have a population and also to identify whether or not your specific target gravitates towards music, that way it becomes easier.

As an intern, she has previously worked with institutions such as the Ghana Music Therapy Association, UGMC and LEKMA Hospital – where she was able to use her expertise to move a premature baby’s body for the first time.

The presentation which took place in the premises of Ghana Music Therapy and broadcast via zoom, received many participants and applauded.


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