The Vision: Sonata was designed as a therapeutic music program. The goal is to help people better understand their lives using music as a tool. Sonata is your piece of music that represents your life.
Please describe the program: This is a four-week program, with four one-hour sessions, one each week. Everything you need to know to complete your Sonata is taught in the first three sessions. At the end of the third session, you will hand in your song. Over the course of the following week, Carolyn will interpret your song on the piano. She will record it on to a USB stick. On the fourth and final week, Carolyn will play your Sonata and hand you your USB stick – your keepsake.
What if I don’t have any musical experience? Very few people who have already gone through the program have had any musical experience. The teaching sessions during the first three weeks equip you with everything you need to know to make your song come alive. You are not alone in going through this exercise. Carolyn is there to help you.
Why is using music important? Through tracing your life – or a period of your life – using musical notes on blank music paper, you can map its ups, downs, and in-betweens. You’ll have sad notes and happy notes. The result is a musical representation of that period of your life. Hearing your Sonata played provides a different experience than just reading your memoir. It gives personal awareness and insight into your past experiences. You might even have “aha” moments.
What else can you tell me? Carolyn uses examples from nature to describe concepts that are being taught. She draws on different genres of music to illustrate sad, happy, fast and slow, and other musical expressions.
What is the fee for the Sonata program? Please contact Carolyn to discuss fees. The fee for one participant is $160 for the entire program. Group rates are available.
How do I contact Carolyn? Carolyn Davey can be reached at 519-546-7996, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contacted through www.lifesonatas.com.