The music therapy program at Scope Chelsea Lifestyle Options has been running in conjunction with University of Melbourne since 2015. We sat down to chat to Brodie Vearing about his experience with music therapy at Chelsea.

Brodie has learnt how to play the guitar, piano, percussion and the piano-accordion and won the local talent show, the Intergreat Event Talent Quest last year.

Scope: What is the best thing about doing the music therapy program?

Brodie: I enjoy meeting the new music therapists, and singing and performing with them. I also enjoy listening to them play their instruments and learning how to play new chords and rhythms.

What difference has the music therapy program made in your life?

I enjoy the music therapy program because it makes me happy. I learn new songs and play instruments and get to perform our music.

What is your favourite song to perform?

My favourite song to perform is Short Skirt, Long Jacket by Cake.

Was it scary to perform in front of an audience for the first time?

No, not scary, but it was very exciting to perform.

How did you feel after winning the local talent show last year?

I felt very happy after winning the talent show and hearing everybody cheer for me.

Is there any genre of music you just can’t stand?

I don’t really like jazz or rap music.

Image: Brodie playing chimes in music therapy.