Muriel offers tuition in piano (classical) for any age.Find out more
Muriel Ann Gulliford is an experienced Primary School and Music teacher in Perth with a specialism in Creative Music Therapy and early phonetic reading and holds a Post Graduate Diploma Creative Music Therapy from Nordoff Robbins Australia Inc. and a Diploma of Teaching. She has worked in State and private education as well as her own private music studio practice, “WELLSPRING” in Perth.
Muriel is at an advanced level in piano and plays the clarinet in an instrumental group. In her current studio, Muriel offers tuition in : piano (classical) for any age, clarinet for beginners, creative music therapy for any age and early reading with phonetic emphasis.
Muriel is a member of Australian Music Examinations Board so can take students through the AMEB syllabus or just allow them to enjoy music playing without the pressure of exams. Occasional recitals within her studio are fun and a way to overcome nerves when playing for others.
Muriel works from her studio in the suburb of Bentley, Perth 6102.
It has been proven that learning to play a musical instrument changes the brain, leading to a slew of potential benefits, including improved learning and understanding of language.
Creative Music Therapy is the use of organised sounds and music within an evolving relationship between client and therapist to support and encourage physical, mental, social and emotional well- being. Bunt L. 1995 Music Therapy An Art Beyond Words. (London Routledge)
The Nordoff-Robbins Creative Music Therapy approach is quite unique. It is about the controlled use of music and organised sounds within an evolving relationship between client and therapist or within groups, to support and encourage physical, mental, social and emotional well- being. The therapist works in the here and now, encouraging clients to express the way they are feeling in the present.
The emphasis in the Nordoff – Robbins approach is on shared music making using voice, movement, percussion instruments or piano. We are all musical beings and share the innate abiliby to create music. The primary aim is to facilitate expression and communication.
The therapist may improvise music to meet the needs of the individual; the responses of each person and the experience of making music together is the process of therapy.
Music therapy is a way of bringing healthy and healing experiences to people. It is valuable in a wide range of conditions and in all age groups eg
Pscychotherapists work through words to make the mind better.
Physiotherapists work to make the body better.
Music therapists work through music towards wholeness of a person.
Damien is a bright and sensitive boy who was diagnosed as having a mild intellectual disability as well as having problems with has speech. I have raised him from, birth as a single mum and have also suffered severe post-natal depression. Consequently, Damien’s life has been clouded by so many issues that have been bottled up inside him, making him very frustrated. Since the first day that Damien has been going to Muriel for music therapy, I have seen Damien finding a creative medium where he can express himself successfully and be freed from his emotional pain. It has been a heavy burden trying to raise this boy on my own and I am so grateful that I have finally found the key that has helped my son. Through the medium of music and the caring quality of the relationship with the music therapist, Damien has been given a song in his heart and a skip in his steps. I have seen this overflow in all areas of his life as he is blossoming into a wonderful little boy.