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"My music therapist helped get me back on track."
Horace Stewart was robbed and attacked with an ice pick, resulting in traumatic brain injury that affected his short–term memory and his ability to speak. His speech was interrupted by very long pauses, which prevented him from communicating effectively.
Guitar playing, drum playing and singing allowed Horace to begin to express himself musically. He was able to exercise his memory and the music facilitated ease of communication.
Horace and his music therapist began by composing songs. After recording the musical background, Horace and his therapist would write the lyrics, posting the words on a large sheet of paper, reciting them together and then singing them. When the lyrics were paired with the music, Horace had to try to time the words to the tempo, without gaps or pauses. Horace was able to train himself to sing more fluidly, and as a result, was eventually able to start to speak more fluidly. This method also encouraged him to memorize lyrics, which helped his memory too.
Horace is currently living in the community, but still writes and performs music for audiences. He credits music therapy for much of his recovery.