What is Mederi Music?
- to heal, cure
- remedy, assuage, comfort, amend
- The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
- Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm.
- An aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds: the music of the wind in the pines.
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is an evidence-based, clinical use of music to improve patients' health - physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, spiritual - and quality of life. A music therapist primarily aids patients to improve their health in several domains, including cognitive, motor, emotional, communication, social, sensory, and educational by using both active and receptive music experiences such as improvisation, re-creation, composition, and receptive methods and discussion of music to achieve treatment goals. There is a wide qualitative and quantitative research literature base for music therapy.
Dorian Wallace is a student finishing his degree in music therapy, composer, teacher, activist, and founder of Mederi Music, active in the New York City area. He received his bachelors degree in music therapy from Montclair State University and completed his internship at Mount Sinai Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. Dorian began playing piano by ear as a child, eventually leading to a a career as a composer. After serving as a pianist for 10 years in the US Army, Dorian learned the importance of music of the healing process during grief and bereavement.