From the building of custom instruments for music therapy in Germany to auctioning off famous instruments in the United Kingdom, instruments are inspiring new innovations in music therapy in Europe
German instrument maker, Gotz Rausch, is not in the business of making ordinary instruments. He specializes in creating therapeutic music instruments designed to make playing instruments a creative activity that is accessible to all. Each instrument is uniquely crafted from wood and strings and made for use in music therapy sessions, including in hospitals and psychotherapy practices. To learn more about Rausch’s instrument innovations and how they are being used to bring music therapy to more people in Germany, click here.
While new instruments are being created in Germany, it is the sale of a culturally significant instrument that is making headlines in the United Kingdom (UK). Late musician George Michael’s grand piano is being auctioned and all funds raised are donated to the Nordoff Robbins, a music therapy charity in the UK. For more information about the auction and other events and performances in support of this charity, click here. If you would like to know about Nordoff and Robbins, pioneers in establishing a model of music therapy for individuals with developmental delays, and the namesake for the charity, click this link.