Empowering YOU through Music
Welcome to MindMusic - A leading provider of music-based wellness programmes offering corporate workshops and private music therapy sessions delivered by highly experienced practitioners.
Hi, I’m Jessica
Founding Director of Mindmusic and Senior Music Therapist
Founding Director of Mindmusic, I am a leading senior music therapist and alumnus of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, the Royal College of Music, London and the University of Limerick. As a performer I have shared the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the National Concert Orchestra and soloists including Maxim Vengerov and Placido Domingo.
With over ten years experience in the practice and research of music therapy, I am a founder of the music therapy department at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. I have served on the board of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists and presented at conferences including the IACAT AGM.
Through my extensive experience with individual clients and work groups I have witnessed the far reaching benefits of musical interventions and the significant benefits for individual wellbeing and work groups.
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is based on the understanding that everyone can respond, enjoy and communicate through music. Music is non-verbal which means that sometimes music therapists are the first point of call in accessing someone's expression and true selves. Music therapy is an evidence-based, clinical profession allied to medicine. The aim is to support each individual towards greater well being and quality of life through the therapeutic use of music.
In music therapy the therapist and client establish a musical relationship in which they are free to explore, express and communicate within a safe and supportive environment. The therapist uses their instrumental and therapeutic skills to hold a direct and meaningful interaction with the client and is guided by the client to create music which communicates directly with their music and dynamic.
In holding this musical conversation this can tell us so much about how someone relates to others around them and allows their inner selves to shine through.
Music therapy can address a variety of needs that can also be addressed through psychotherapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. The goals are determined through a careful assessment process and developed in conjunction with the client themselves, parents, carers and observations of sessions.
Mind Music for Corporate Wellbeing
Nurturing employees’ wellbeing within the workplace provides a vital and valued impact for both employer and employee, with long-term sustained and far-reaching benefits for all. Our music workshops have established benefits in supporting employee wellbeing. Research on music intervention highlights the correlation between employee wellbeing and increased productivity, enhanced creativity and feeling valued within the work environment.
Children and adults experiencing mental health challenges & disorders
Engaging in music therapy has been reported to reduce mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety and depression in a number of ways. Through music therapy we are supported and guided in creating the music of our emotions and experiences, thus expressing and even creating order and structure around our thoughts and feelings.
Those seeking a therapeutic frame -work to explore their musicianship
For some, the experience of music lessons has held challenges or has not spoken to their specific way of connecting. For those wishing to begin the process of communicating through their voice or instrument, I offer a supportive space where we aim to draw out your musical voice.
Children and adults experiencing developmental & intellectual disabilities
Through music therapy, you can work towards developmental and social goals such as increasing use of expressive language, increasing specific motor functions, sharing, increasing joint attention, increasing focus and concentration skills, turn-taking, increasing eye contact and more.
Those in elder care experiencing health concerns including dementia
Through the physiological impact of favourite music combined with therapeutic awareness and consideration, music can support those experiencing challenges to reflect their nostalgic and authentic selves, to encourage movement and cognitive stimulation thus, reducing the effects of isolation and loneliness and increasing memory, movement and cognition.
"It was such a pleasure meeting you and I really enjoyed the music therapy presentation you gave. It was very warmly received by those who attended on the day and several attendees provided unsolicited feedback to say how much they had enjoyed it too.
I’m sure most people aren’t aware of the existence of music therapy, I know I wasn’t. Yet, as you said, it’s evidence based and it’s benefits are wide ranging. I’ve contributed to the spread of awareness about it on a number of occasions since. As well as your brief overview of music therapy the session on the day had a lovely warm and feel-good ring to it which bonded us through a shared appreciation of music. It was fascinating to hear the different reactions to the pieces you played and the examples people gave of music that evokes a particular emotional response in them.
To summarise, I highly recommend your workshop and hope other companies avail of it."