Conservatory of music for the disabled
Ibagué musical city of Colombia and the Conservatory of Ibagué Amina Melendro de Pulecio opens its conservatory to disability and research in Music Therapy and Psychoacoustics.
Ibagué has opened its conservatory to people with disabilities through stimulation from sound, hearing, perception, sensation and emotion “Music to see; forms to listen”, an innovative project in motor sensory stimulation, which highlights the rehabilitating power of music and its benefits in the abilities, skills, emotional development, psycho-social of the human being. Aware of the stimulating, healing and restorative effects of music, we put our knowledge at your disposal, focused on improving the quality of life of the Colombian population.
We offer a space for individual and group interaction through the use of music to improve the physical, psychological, intellectual and social performance of people.
We intend, through a serious musical-therapeutic proposal, to contribute to the search for alternative solutions to the problems generated by everyday life.
Committed to caring for life and spirit and using music as a therapeutic means, we have formed a network of professionals made up of musicians, pedagogues, occupational therapists, psychologists and lawyers willing to put their knowledge at the service of those who need it.
The person in charge of this initiative is the professor of Music, Sound Tools, Music Therapy and a specialization in acoustic measurements, Germán Eduardo Sabogal, who patented twenty years ago the methodologies and processes within meaningful learning whereby through acoustic or electro acoustic Sico, “wavelength and amplitude”, it acts on the central nervous system, it takes memories and reaches the thresholds of the brain where words do not reach and stimulates through natural, industrial and organic sounds and that at times recovers your memory , motor skills and their emotions to “improve sustained attention, memory and executive functions”.
About twenty children over seven years of age and with different intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in this initiative that began four years ago at the Amina Melendro de Pulecio Conservatory of Ibagué, on which the eyes of many researchers are set for this experience.
The boys attend 30 group lessons per year with Germán Sabogal, who uses all kinds of sounds and timbres with the piano, flute, violin or harmonica to achieve that through auditory stimulation they improve their skills in language, balance, order and fine and gross motor skills.
“In direct contact with these sound sequences there is an explosion of language in children who do not have that ability and who begin to imitate sounds”, explains Sabogal, who has also been able to verify how his therapy allows to act on the vestibular system, in everything related to balance and spatial control, as well as an improvement in psychomotor skills that makes it possible for some children to start playing instruments.
In fact, at present three boys with disabilities are official students of the conservatory and they learn to play an instrument “with adapted programs that allow them to gradually achieve their objectives” and participate in the concerts organized by the center.
According to the emeritus professor, he began to investigate in the field of Music Therapy with terminally ill patients and discovered how, by stimulating with sounds interpreted with his violin, he managed to stimulate and give them a better quality of life.
Later, in schools in the city of Bogotá, he conducted an experiment with 18-year-old children and managed in just 70 hours to “increase sustained attention and memory by 98%” of these little ones.
All his studies, research and work lead him to affirm that stimulation through Rhythm, Melody and Harmony is valid for all ages, from the fetal stage to old age and for all intellectual disabilities, from autism to Alzheimer’s.
In this sense, Germán Eduardo Sabogal also highlights “the importance of music as an enhancer of emotions”, which makes working with children with autism “fantastic”.
The Ibagué Conservatory is also, thanks to Sabogal, the only one in Colombia that teaches, specifically to 5th and 6th grade students of Professional Teaching, the subject of Music Therapy and Psychoacoustics of Music, associated with the project Música para ver; ways to listen, so that young musicians have a “more complete and inclusive” theoretical and practical training, also oriented to the field of stimulation and rehabilitation.
Although he acknowledges that this subject is still “in its infancy”, since it is a discipline that was born at the end of the 21st century, he is convinced of the great future it has, although for this it is necessary to carry out “rigorous and scientific research “and music teachers are trained.
In this sense, he warns that in addition to serving increasingly aging societies with great neuronal degeneration, the world now faces, in his opinion, a major problem: “The lack of attention generated by having a mobile phone in the hand constantly. “
“If we lose our attention, we are losing everything,” says Germán Sabogal bluntly, who warns of a considerable increase in cases of hyperactivity and how “brain mapping and neural connections are changing” due to this attention deficit.
For this reason, he insists on the danger of giving a mobile phone to a child and on the benefits that, however, the fact that they learn to play a musical instrument brings to their development.
For this Musician, Pedagogue, instrumentalist, composer and researcher, he continues to create sound tools such as Stimulants in pre and post-lactation even terminally ill patients, among others, that is why music has no barriers and is inclusive in itself, so they have to have access to it and its benefits to all people, regardless of their abilities.