Dilara Aktas

Music Therapy

What do you teach at WollCon?

I am a Music Therapist. I cater to a diverse range of clients within the sector of children and adult disability, mental health and early child development.

What genres do you teach?

My musical background began in classical piano, before completing a bachelor at the Australian Institute of Music in contemporary performance, specialising in jazz, blues and contemporary style music. My genre of preference is latin jazz and rhythmic elements of this genre and style are used within my clinical therapy practice. In terms of Music Therapy, I work within a neuro-affirming and culturally aware, eclectic approach, valuing a combination of client led improvisational approach and tailoring structured techniques to meet specific client needs.

Please share a particular career highlight and why it’s special to you.

The highlight of my work is the honour of working with a diverse range of individuals and families and overall, the musical and therapeutic experiences we share together through Music Therapy. I truly feel that the therapeutic relationship is one that the client and therapist embark on together and I feel privelaged to meet the people that I do on my therapeutic professional journey. 

What’s one piece of music that you’d recommend people listen to?

This is a tricky question as it most definitely depends on the reasoning for listening. However, music and song that I think can be interpreted or used flexibly with various individuals is “experience” by ludovico Einaudi. Various interpretations from individuals after listening have ranged from-“a sense of relief”, “deep reflection”, “emotional processing, I cried, breathed and truly felt everything”, “motivation, hope”.