Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 42: Utilizing Music Therapy Techniques in Teaching Strings with Raquel Ravaglioli


Exploring intersections between creativity, music education, string playing, DIY music business, and culture

On Today’s Episode…

Join us with Guest Speaker Raquel Ravaglioli as we talk about her work on intergrating music therapy techniques into string teaching.

Raquel Ravaglioli is an Assistant Professor and Director of Music Therapy at Marietta College in Marietta, OH.   She is also a Board Certified Music Therapist, a music instructor, a professional violinist, and the sole proprietor of Raquel Christine Music.

Our discussion includes...

04:15 – Why should we care about music therapy?
06:52 – Self awareness in teaching and the benefits it leads in all areas
08:08 – What is music therapy?
09:13 – Therapeutic Considerations
11:23 – Positive Psychology – Choosing your words and addressing what your student’s capabilities are in a positive way
13:40 – The importance of consistency in teaching
14:18 – Ways to deal with behavioral challenges of students in the classroom
20:41 – What’s the importance of self-awareness?
22:09 – Video recording as a tool for self-awareness when practicing.
23:46 – How students use and view their practice time
25:57 – How does a teaching philosophy relate to using music therapy?
28:35 – Careers for music therapists

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“Creative Strings” initiatives with the founding of Camille Catherine, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion and improvement of music education, with a focus on the development of curriculum and programs for classically trained string players and teachers to expand their skills as creative musicians.