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Setting

The room for the meetings must be big enough for the eurithymics activities, but cosy enough to avoid lack of attention. A room between forty and fifty square metres is suitable. The baby-grand is next to the wall to allow some space in the room. Instruments are lined up on the floor and on some shelves in order so as to be seen by everyone. It is often possible to understand the intention of a person who does not speak from the direction of his look; if an instrument is put in order and within reach, you won’t lose your time in looking for it.
The room will be empty in the centre to allow movements.
The lighting of the room will be both widespread or focused in a precise point. We advise you the use of a widespread light protected by objects which could be thrown. The room will be supplied with curtains to be darkened so as to create light games with specific objects or to create games with shades.
The acoustics of the room must be good, possibly without an excessive sound absorption or rumbles. Every person in the room must stay in a place according to his role. The space is experienced in a way which is suitable for the activities in progress, included the changes in role.
Decorations unrelated to the therapy are not recommended. Big posters with illustrations related to the therapy can be hung on the wall to mark out the environment. It happens that a child looking at the poster says, with his eyes, that he is thinking to the content of the poster.
The objects used must be clean because a child might have the need to put it in his mouth.
The musical instruments and the necessary materials are coloured because the real world is coloured.
Every music therapy meeting lasts an hour (60 minutes)
The welcome moment requires some minutes. The starting of the activities leads gradually to deep attention, until reaching the communicative intensity which characterise this kind of meetings. Experience taught us that it is important a decrescendo of emotional intensity or the alternation of lively activities allowing venting the emotions felt, before the end of the meeting. For this reason, it is important that the music therapist hang a clock on the wall which can be seen by everyone. In this way, he can control the “emotional” passing of time and he can distribute the activities without suddenly stopping them.
The clock is useful also for children or for teenagers who cannot read the time because they have the chance, together with other tools, to esteem the “lived time”, visibly shown by the movement of hands.