Freenotes Musical Instruments
play for Music Therapy
“bringing light & softness
into the darkness of sorrow & pain...”
Music therapists have found the perfect instruments for music therapy, helping them to create simple, original songs that range from playful to sublime. You couldn’t ask for anything better than the healing music of Freenotes musical instruments.
People young and old are drawn to trying the Freenotes musical instruments and are encouraged to continue playing when they see how easily they can create beautiful sounds and melodies. Patients receiving music therapy can participate immediately in making music even with no musical knowledge!
Affordable, lightweight and portable, the Freenotes music therapy instruments are the foundation for the music therapist to facilitate both group interaction and individual creativity. Playing music is a joyful way of communicating with our inner selves and with others. The Freenotes Company is deeply gratified to be sharing in the wonderful healing work of music therapy. Our instruments are known to bring comfort, joy and healing to the impaired, the sick, the dying and the family members who share in their experience.
About the music that is playing:
Excerpted from the CD, "Yield to the Present"; composed and performed, entirely with Freenotes instruments, by Brian Hand and can be purchased from his web site.
Brian Hand is a longtime performer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist and composer of a wide variety of percussion based music. His wife, a hospice chaplain, suggested he play music at the bedside of hospice patients, a sort of music ministry. The music on this CD is the type played at nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospices and private homes. It's improvisational and has healing qualities intended to bring a peaceful, compassionate and supportive focus to the present moment.
Morpheus - an exciting new concept in music therapy instruments.
Named for the ancient Greek god of dreams, the Morpheus is designed to provide the ultimate in flexibility. Each tone is its own unit, meaning that individual notes can be removed from the large scale pattern and rearranged into smaller subgroups. Chords, modes and pentatonic scales can be extracted from the diatonic or chromatic instrument frames. Click for more detail.
Freenotes Musical Instruments
are endorsed by music therapists
for their effectiveness
in the field of music therapy
There are no wrong notes!
Players and listeners alike will be soothed and delighted by the pure tones.
A creation straight out of a dream. All notes are in harmony and it produces a new melody each time it is played.
Our most popular instruments for music therapy are the Wings and the Spinners. Here are a few of the comments we have received from music therapists across the country who have recognized the potential of using Freenotes musical instruments in the treatment of their patients.
“As music therapists we bring live music to the patient's bedside. When we sing at the bedside of someone who is dying, we need to do so arhythmically. These are perfect instruments for music therapy ...”
“... the design of the Wing is brilliantly useful, as children will almost always be able to respond with the motion needed for pounding with mallets, the bars are a good size for facilitating hand-eye coordination, & of course, the tuning makes it possible to have melody (or harmony) without the technical requirements other instruments would impose ...”
“Simple songs & vocalizations work beautifully above the Wing’s musical base, & the aesthetics range from playful to sublime I couldn’t ask for anything better ...”
“... I am using the Wing with residents, especially those who are confused or have Alzheimer's disease. They play with great success, & it gives them a lot of joy ...”
“... the beauty of its music can bring light & softness into the darkness of sorrow & pain ...”
“.... the Spinner helps to enhance the quality of life for those that we serve in our program ...”
“... her mom was thrilled & delighted to hear her daughter's original & spontaneous creations ...”
“... the Spinner has been an invaluable addition to our palliative care program ...”
“... the Spinner has provided hours & hours of accessible, beautiful music to people of many different ages & cultural backgrounds who are patients & family members staying on our hospital palliative care unit, our nursing staff, members of the cancer relaxation support group, & to children in our bereavement program ...”
“... Family members have used the Spinner to play at the bedside of their loved ones: creating soothing sounds which helped to mask the sound of laboured breathing, & which made sitting & waiting at the bedside a little easier for everyone in the room ...”
Freenotes musical instruments are carefully designed with a genius for unlocking an individual’s innate creative potential, allowing the universal language of music to be expressed more by feeling and intuition than hours of disciplined practice. Providing hours and hours of accessible, beautiful music to people of many different cultural backgrounds, Freenotes musical instruments require only the simplest of playing techniques to produce pure, soothing, healing music.
Freenotes also offers an extensive selection of outdoor musical instruments that are ideal for installation in therapy centers, retirement homes, hospitals, nursing homes, senior centers, etc.
Music therapy has been used as a therapeutic tool in treating a wide variety of conditions involving chronic pain, depression and anxiety. It has been successful in treating people with Alzheimer's & Parkinson’s disease, dementia and strokes. Music therapy has been particularly effective in encouraging responsiveness in autistic children. The soothing effects of music therapy instruments are used to help the emotional distress often caused by cancer treatments. When all else fails, music therapy brings comfort for the entire family during the end-of-life process.
Freenotes musical instruments have been designed to enable the beginner and expert musician alike to experience the joys of music making in a new way. By simplifying instrument designs to require no difficult muscular coordination and by using harmony-based scales, Freenotes musical instruments have opened a way for anyone to experience the deep pleasure and soothing comfort of playing music.