When patients enter music therapy, they may expect to learn to play the guitar, but it’s much deeper than that”
Alee Domingue naturally couldn’t express any emotion.
Domingue lost a close aunt at a young age. She kept the emotions that accompanied this loss locked inside for the next two years.
Then, one day, she sat down at the piano. Her fingers began playing the notes of her aunt’s favorite song, and soon the emotion escaped her, releasing whatever was contained within. Words, phrases and stories transformed into melodies.
In five minutes, Domingue had composed a piece filled with all the feelings surrounding the loss of a member of his family.
“It was the first time I experienced something like this, where I could just write what I felt,” said Domingue. “Since then, I have never stopped writing [music].”
Later, Domingue joined Blanchette’s music therapy group. On certain days, the music therapy group participates in a drumming circle. Other days, they analyze different genres of music.
Domingo loves music. She plays guitar, piano and even ukulele. However, Domingue recently had surgery on his arm and can’t play music for months. However, this does not stop her passion for music, and she now spends time listening to songs to analyze their deeper meanings.
“I feel like I’m in a different world. Music is very interesting to me and I love doing everything,” said Domingue. “Listening to other people’s songs, understanding their music, it’s just an amazing experience.”
Blanchette’s music therapy sessions have greatly benefited Domingue. Now Domingue is studying in college to become a music therapist herself.