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Maria’s Story in Her Own Words
Music Therapy Session Excerpts
These featured excerpts are a chronological introduction to Maria’s music therapy work with Alan Turry, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Nordoff-Robbins Therapist.
There are dozens more to explore on the archive page.
They Tell Me I’m Sick
December 19, 1994
July 8, 1997
All My Life
May 20, 1998
Thank You Mother
July 18, 2002
Performances and Studio Recordings
Maria Logis created dozens of songs during her improvisatory music therapy sessions, later recording them on two full-length albums. She was accompanied by pianist Jon Cowherd and a chamber jazz ensemble. Maria’s confidence as a singer and performer grew thanks to her singing lessons with Deborah Carmichael, who works with the Libero Canto approach. Logis’ songs feature a wide range of music, including light-hearted swing, passionate jazz, moody ballads and latin rhythms.
“This is soul music of the highest order.” – Gary Keenan
Music Therapist’s Perspective
Alan Turry has earned his B.A., M.A. and DA degrees in Music Therapy from New York University. He is the Managing Director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy in NYC. He is also a researcher, senior clinician, level III trainer/educator and supervisor for advanced trainees and therapists, and teaches clinical improvisation in the NYU Graduate Music Therapy Program. In Alan’s doctoral research, he examines the relationship between lyrics and music in improvised songs that were created in the context of music therapy with Maria Logis.
“Through music therapy, I was able to express my feelings, to become aware of the source of my pain, and to take action to make a new life for myself.”
-Maria Logis, 2011
Nordoff-Robbins music therapy stems from the pioneering teamwork of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins, which spanned over 17 years. They believed that everyone possesses a sensitivity to music that can be utilized for personal growth, development, and well-being. The Nordoff-Robbins method is an alternative for people seeking traditional psychotherapy as well as those looking to address a wide variety of cognitive, emotional, social or motor challenges, such as autism, hyperactivity, cerebral palsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Each music therapy session is recorded in order for the therapist to analyze the subtleties of the musical responses and interactions, relational dynamics and overall structure and flow among the participants. The clinical work includes the ongoing assessment of individual needs, development and implementation of goals and the evaluation of their effectiveness.
“There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.”
-Hannah Senesh, poet, playwright, and paratrooper