Healing through arts & music

A wonderful music therapeutic project in Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania).



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Matthias Börner
Head of Training Centre Bethel and responsible for International Diaconia Program
Grete-Reich-Weg 9 33617 Bielefeld Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)521-144-4524
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Healing through arts & music

Healing through the Arts in the Land of Thousand Hills

The International and Interdisciplinary Symposium Healing through the Arts was held in Kigali and Kibuye Rwanda on November 19-24, 2017. This Symposium was participated by eighteen (18) experts in the field of social psychology, theology, justice and peace, trauma, therapy, healing and arts coming from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Philippines, Tanzania, Rwanda, DR Congo, Germany and USA.

This Conference has been a venue for sharing of experiences, expertise, limitations and approaches in the stated fields above.  The core aim of the conference was to develop and draft a curriculum and conceptualize the main idea of offering an international qualified training in Healing through the Arts in cooperation with the universities, artists and experts in the long run.

Each one was given time to discuss through lecture or practical exercises his or her field. Some shared about the realities, experiences and needs of the church. There was a Theological Reflection on Trauma, Discussion about Psyche and Trauma, Reconciliation and Healing, Trauma Healing and Deliverance, Trauma Pedagogy, Healing through visual Arts, Healing through Theater and Healing through Music. The commitment of each one made the symposium very versatile, rich and inspiring.

After all the inputs and the sharing of the existing programs regarding Healing and Arts of the different institutions, the participants were grouped according to their professions to discuss and write their proposed concept and topics for the development of the Curricula Healing through the Arts.

Some members of the Musician without Borders based in Rwanda, an organization which advocates music for peace and reconciliation, gave an accurate example of how community music works. They shared some information about their organization, performed music and dance, taught songs and facilitated some games.

Learning deeper the history and culture of Rwanda, knowing the realities and traumatic experiences of countries from Asia and Africa,  visiting the Genocide Memorial and meeting and talking with the people who are victims of Genocide gave more inspiration and enthusiasm to the participants to help in the pursuit of the Healing through the Arts program. The inclusive ability of arts, its connecting possibility, and its healing power was experienced in this symposium.

Tunapenda muziki  - we love music !

To support selfconfidence.

To support individual expressive and creative capacities.

To support emotional and affective control.

To support relaxation and communicative comptences.

To initiate comfortable joint situations and self-determined actions.

These are only some of the issues and tasks addressed by a music therapy for people with handicap.

Music therapy for people with and without handicap

The invitation given by the social service of the Eastern and Coastal Diocese (ECD) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) went along with the request to do a project on music therapy for children/youths and co-workers of the Deaconic Centre for Mentally Handicapped in Mtoni in Dar-es-Salaam.

The therapeutic work should be presented during direct encounters with children and youths. Co-workers should learn new therapeutic conceptions for a pedagogical and therapeutic accompaniment of people with handicap by means of counselling and training.

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