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EACM Membership Meeting



Voice Seminar
9.- 10. 11.2019

European Association of Holistic Music Therapy

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Holistic music therapy has existed in the Czech Republic since 1991 in the form of the method "CMLH - Holistic Music Therapy by Lubomir Holzer". Lubomír Holzer has been creating and developing this method for more than 26 years and is its author. However, the roots of his music therapy practice go back to 1983. You can study holistic music therapy within the framework of lifelong learning courses at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc. The Holistic Music Therapy course at UP Olomouc is the only comprehensive system of music therapy education at the highest professional level in the Czech Republic with a university guarantee and long-term accreditation by the Ministry of Education and Science. As the only system of music therapy education in the Czech Republic, it is recognized throughout the European Union, in England and elsewhere in the world. This is evidenced by the international students from Slovakia, Poland, Serbia and currently from the Philippines who have been continuously applying for studies since 2008. We now have about thirty graduates from abroad. The study is carried out within the framework of lifelong learning courses at ICV FF UP Olomouc. CM1 - 180 hours, CM2 - 180 hours and CM3 - 370 hours of full-time teaching. Participants can therefore complete a total of 730 hours of music therapy professional, practical and experiential training and teaching. CM3 also includes self-experience training and supervision. Graduates of all three levels - the entire study in the Holistic Music Therapy course (CM1 - CM3) are the most comprehensively and at the highest level prepared for the profession of music therapy in the Czech Republic. After the proper completion of each degree, graduates receive a certificate of completion, bearing the round seal of the University, the signature of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and the Rector of the University. The certificate is therefore valid and recognised throughout the European Union and abroad. The professional guarantor and main teacher of the study is PaedDr. Lubomír Holzer - professional music therapist, musician, artist, special educator, professional lecturer and supervisor. He has been professionally involved in music, theatre and art in general for more than thirty-two years. He has been teaching since 2000. He graduated in 1983 from the Faculty of Education at Palacký University in Olomouc, where he studied special education, majoring in education. He completed his doctoral studies with a rigorous examination in 1987 at the Faculty of Education of the University of Olomouc and received the degree of PaedDr. Lubomír Holzer is currently undergoing long-term supervision training and has completed the first part of 150 hours. He has been a professional musician and artist for thirty-two years. He has been practicing music therapy professionally for over twenty-six years. Since 2003 he has been lecturing music therapy at UP Olomouc, first at the Pdf and since 2008 at the ICV Ff UP Olomouc. The tradition of lifelong education in the field of holistic music therapy has been running continuously for fifteen years. PaedDr. Lubomír Holzer also lectures for full-time and combined students of therapy in special education at the Faculty of Education of UP Olomouc.

Holistic music therapy, as the name implies, has in its philosophical basis a holistic approach to the World, the Universe, man and therapy itself. CMLH operates primarily in the sensory-physical, music-therapeutic area and no less in what L. Holzer calls the spiritual-energetic area, i.e. in the suprasensory, transpersonal, metaphysical area. Holistic music therapy always has a complex effect on the physical, psychological, emotional, social, energetic, mental and spiritual components of the human being. Its effects are just as complex. The primary effect observed, experienced and reflected upon is the rapid calming of clients, the gradual relaxation (from shallow to deep states), and the gradual resolution of emotional, psychological and physical tensions and spasms. Measurable effects are slowing and calming of heart and breathing rates, stabilization of blood pressure, transition of brain electrical activity on EEG from β - beta level (18-35 Hz) to relaxation α - alpha level (8-14 Hz) and in some relaxers even deeper to θ - theta level (3.5-7.5 Hz) of brain electrical waves. Medical and music therapy research has also shown significant immune enhancement with long-term holistic music therapy. Research also confirms an increase in the production of NK cells (natural killer cells, large white blood cells aimed at fighting germs and diseases themselves) and a gradual realignment of all body systems and functions. The NK cell is the big cell of the immune system. NK cells are capable of killing cancer cells or cells infected by viruses. The specific music used in holistic music therapy works at the cellular level of the human body. It energizes and harmonizes the cellular fluid naturally and physiologically, thus optimizing all cellular mechanisms including metabolic ones.

Clients with behavioural and emotional disorders and aggressive clients, especially those with autism spectrum disorders, always experience a calming and resolution of aggressive behaviour and other behaviours that are otherwise characteristic of their behaviour. Holistic Music Therapy - CMLH - works extensively with clients with intellectual disabilities and combined disabilities as well as clients with mental illness. Holistic Music Therapy is very significantly applied as a specialised means of non-verbal therapeutic communication in supporting the communicative competence of pupils with special educational needs across the range of disabilities, with impaired or absent verbal communication, with complete absence of communication and with behavioural, concentration and learning disorders, also for clients on the autism spectrum and clients with Asperger's syndrome, ADHD - LMD, clients with epilepsy, sensory perception disorders, speech fluency disorders and combined disabilities. We also apply music therapy with success in working with psychiatric, neurological, oncological and neonatology clients. A developing area has long been the use of CMLH in working with the elderly, with Alzheimer's disease, with dementia and with Parkinson's disease. Here again we observe a significant music therapy effect and potential. We understand holistic music therapy as a universal therapeutic tool, without known contraindications, for all those in need, from all areas of health or social classification.

Holistic music therapy works in the field of natural acoustic laws that apply in the terrestrial environment. Its manifestation is the so-called natural tuning, which means a completely characteristic interval arrangement of the relationships between tones. Today's music, however, mostly uses a tempered, modified tuning that differs in frequency from the natural tuning. From a music therapeutic point of view, the natural tuning mentioned above is the most adequate for the human organism. Music played and sung in such a tuning is therefore the most suitable and effective for music therapy purposes. It is in harmony and in tune with man on all levels, in all systems and functions. This specification, together with the use of musical instruments made from natural materials and handcrafted, makes holistic music therapy a unique music therapy method, proven to have the deepest and most effective therapeutic effects. However, everything depends on the expertise, experience and skills of the music therapist himself.

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