From kids with cancer to adults with chronic conditions, every music therapy session that Cambrae Fox leads is unique — something she sees as “one of the beauties” of her job.
Cambrae: (Singing) …don’t care if I—
Patient: (Singing) …never get back—
Cambrae: (Singing) …so it’s root, root—
Patient: (Singing) …root for the ball game.
Cambrae is a music therapist. Every session is unique.
Cambrae: I was working with a child, we were playing an instrument and using that for coping, getting him to move around, giving him a positive skill, things like that. Whereas the other session, we did a music-assisted relaxation and they do look very different.
(Speaking to patient) There we go.
Cambrae: Do you feel a little more relaxed?
Cambrae: (Laughing) That was convincing.
(Speaking to Grotto) I mean, he made a joke after when I said, “Do you feel more relaxed.” He was like, “Sure.”
Almost every session is successful in its own way. Even when a patient may be cynical, their body language after a session will reveal a change in mood and affect.
Cambrae: But he was tense, he was fidgeting one of his legs. Whereas, after when he was done, his face muscles were relaxed, he was talking at a lower tone of voice. So even though he made a joke, he was displaying signs that his body and his mind were now more calm and relaxed.
So they all look very different. And that’s one of the beauties of it.