Test an intervention in UK

After suggestion , even though people in UK is not my target audience, i tried to talk with people around Baker Street area and asked them to give me some feedbacks for my lesson plan . Also , if they could join me for a quick session of GIM session (minimize to 5-10 minutes for music) and some conversation  just to give the general idea about my lesson plan. This is to prepare myself before doing  interventions in Thailand. There were 9 people who i talked to but not all of them fully finish the session( 3 children of age 10-12 and 6 of teenage and young adults) . It took me about 3 hours to finish this.

These are feedbacks that i got

  • Overall everyone said that feel relaxed after listening to the music but there are fews for the kids who said the music could be quite too long if conducted in the full session which takes about 25 min for the music
  • i got the question like am i a doctor or therapist? This is from one of the parent (ethics)
  • Health and well-being section in school or university might be able to make use of it
  • Most of them took sometimes to be able to understand what i’m doing
  • Young adults were be able to express their feedbacks and feelings better than the young ones as it was difficult for them to interpret the feelings by using words
  • one of a guy(19 years old) explained to me that it was like lifting a mountain on his chest as he just got out from the exam room. He felt that the melody of music can make him feel uplifting and be able to get away from the pressure in exam room for a moment.
  • People din’t really show that they were really traveling on the music instead , they describe it as feelings .


  • it was so difficult to make strangers participate on the test , especially when the testers have to close their eyes in public place
  • it would be nice if i have someone working with me to help taking photo or i should have another camera to observe the reactions while i engaged with the tester(as i used my Iphone to play music).
  • i have to remind myself and others that this project is not to aim about healing symptoms of depression but it’s about experience when they get to test the intervention
  • I have to be more confident and be able to express the objective of my intervention clearly
  • i was very nervous as this is the first time on by myself trying to test my intervention with people here in London and also in public

A change in the question and intervention

There was a changed in my question “how can we unconsciously infiltrate music therapy into young Thai individuals to be able to release stress” . this is because there will be problems with ethics if I conduct this music therapy session by myself without co-operating with Music therapist as right now i couldn’t find one who can work with me.

After consult with tutor, she also recommended to be more specific and concise about the question. I researched the recent course curriculum of high school in Thailand and found out that music is still a sub-course under Art course which allow student to participate not more than 50 minutes per week. Remember that music class is compulsory in primary school anyway, so why not we make the best out of it in the class room. So, I draft a lesson plan to help student managing pressures of school by adopting one of the method used in Music therapy (Guided Imaginary and Music) and followed by in-depth interview as a measurement.

Now the question is “How can music support generationZ in managing pressures of school?”

“The interaction among listeners, music and guide is what makes GIM unique. The GIM experience can lead to the development of self-understanding, the ordering of the psyche and the achievement of spiritual insight” (Clark and Keiser, 1986 p 1.) (Clark 2002: 17)

Clark M (2002) Evolution of Bonny Method of GIM in Burscia K & Grocke, D (Eds). Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond. Barcelona Publishers

Lesson plan

Lesson : Travel through Music

Objective : the program offers an exciting chance to see life in the third-eye view while getting into personal experiences and connecting to the inner perception. Understanding of oneself and the personal life path helps to live with awareness and mindful.

Materials :  Beethoven , Barber, Elgar, Gounod, Mozart and others classic songs

Procedure : First 10 minutes – both lecturer and students agree upon a focus, intention, or key image they want to work on. For example, experiences in school. The intention is like a steering wheel: it gives purpose and meaning to the journey as it engages the traveler to explore the inner thoughts. The chosen music are based on the classical music that has been familiar to use in GIM session.


10-15 minutes – The students are asked to close his/her eyes. With a few words, the guide gives suggestions to quiet down and breathe slowly. The relaxation puts the traveler in an altered state of consciousness. Before the music starts, the intention is formulated. When the music begins, it evokes images, body sensations, and feelings. The traveler is asked to dialogue with the guide about the unfolding imagery and to describe the experiences stimulated by the music.


15-25 minutes-  The lecturer keeps encourage the students to embrace the feelings to deepen inner experience


25-30 minutes – the music program comes to an end and the traveler is prepared to get ready to end the inner journey, to open the eyes and come back to the here and now


30-40 minutes – Conducting a session assists students to find out about messages/insights of the session and how they might relate to their daily life. Also, students are asked to draw a picture that reflects the experiences of the session in colors and shapes. This enables students to gain closure, have time for integration, and return to an alert state


40-50 minutes – Give students 10 minutes to write down the explanation and emphasize on that.



What is GIM? (Guided Imaginary and Music)

The Bonny Method of Guided Imaginary and Music or (GIM), According to the founder, Helen Lindquist Bonny, where imaginary is evoked during music listening’(Bonny 1990) The therapist and music will work together as co-therapist to support and reflect the inner thoughts and experience when emerged. There are three main phases to conduct. First, the preliminary conversation, this could be about when therapist ask patient about experience and things that challenge them in the real life. With this, therapist select the music program. After that, the induction(relaxation-based) this focuses on the release of tension through out the different muscle groups of the body. Subject lies down on a mat or closes his/her eye. The reason is to facilitate a transition from ego-dominated to deeper level of consciousness and to surrender to a more flexible experience of time and space. Second phase, during music travel, the subject verbally describes his/her experience while listening to the song. The therapist must listen and jot down what he/she describe and make non-directive verbal intervention” help the client to describe and stay close to it, and feel the full impact of it (Grocke,D.E 2005 ). The last, when music over, therapist will analyze that inner experience . He/or She encouraged to reflect  what it stands out as important experience.

Grocke D.E (2005) the role of therapist in the Bonny Method of guided imaginary and music. Music Therapy perspectives23(1),46

Mcdonald R(2012),Music, Health and Well being ; Music Models and Intervention, Trondalen and Bonde,42-46

Bonny,H (1990) Music and Change. Journal of the New Zealand Society for Music Therapy,12(3),5