Music Therapy: A Father's Perspective
In celebration of Father's Day on the 1st of September 2019 Xander's dad David shared some memories and experience with his son and the impact of Music Therapy from his perspective. David explains the impact of music as such a positive part of his son’s day to day life; "he is becoming much more resilient in the face of adversity."
Above is photo of David, Rebecca, Xander, and Lizzy.
Q: How long has Xander been coming to Nordoff-Robbins?
A: Xander has been attending since the 18th of July 2016.
Q: Could you tell us a bit of background about Xander?
A: Xander is a delightful, kind and caring child. He doesn’t have a mean bone is his body. He is 10 years old and loves fast cars, mainly Ferraris and Lambo’s. He loves music in general and especially playing the drums. He has his own drum kit as home. Of course I think his favorite possession would be his iPad. He also has an older brother Andrew, and an older sister Emily who lives with her family near Newcastle.
Xander has always shown an interest in music. He loves to dance and will often just break out and bust some moves if we’re at the shops or anywhere where music is played. He loves to beat box and rap, he loves Les Miserables, Imagine Dragons and pretty much any live performance.
Q: How does music therapy impact Xander?
Music Therapy has helped Xander with his fine and gross motor skills. It’s also helping him overcome problems and not break down when something is tough or challenging. These skills have transferred to his every day life which is amazing. He is becoming much more resilient in the face of adversity
Q: What are some happy moments and memories you can recall being Xander's Father?
Xander has always been a delightful and funny child growing up. I remember going on holidays with him when he was young and him sitting in a big hole at the beach as the other kids played around him. It was quite funny. As a little kid he also really loved bowling. He wasn’t able to bowl but he loved to just sit and hold a bowling ball and watch other people knock the pins down. I’ve loved watching him perform at school on stage and sharing every day moments with him. He’s a funny, loving and witty kid. We all love him very much.