Shirley Khalil gets audience members to play ToneChimes to demonstrate the power of music therapy.
Shirley is a music therapist who currently works in long-term care settings around the GTA. Her clientele consists of adults and the elderly with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, Stroke, Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Acquired Brain Injury and Palliative Care. Shirley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from York University and Master of Music Therapy Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focused on comparing analyses of music therapy session excerpts provided by a social worker and psychologist working with severely emotionally disturbed children. Aside from music therapy, Shirley is involved in music ministry, sings in Univox Choir, and is secretary and past missionary for the not-for-profit organization Canadian Hearts and Hands: A Mission Without Borders.
* Free Play by Stephen Nachmanovitch. It’s a great exploration into creativity, and how we can infuse it into our lives; not only in the arts, but in other aspects of life as well.
* Going through your high school yearbooks. It’s something to do whenever you need a good laugh.