Emotional

A Guide to Creating A Mood Playlist

Posted April 28, 2021 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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Listening to music can be an intrinsic part of coping with the stress of everyday life. How many times, after a hard day at work, have you turned on your “go-to” song in your car and belted your heart out on your commute home? Or, if you’re wound up and stressed out, do you know the soft and subtle song that you can turn on that almost immediately decreases your heart rate, leaving you feeling more grounded than how you felt just minutes before?

Music is a powerful tool that can help change your mood, release your emotions, and give you a sense of empowerment when you need it most. Intentional music listening can be a healing experience — it can grasp onto something deep within you, it can challenge your own understanding of yourself, and it can help you keep going when times are tough. In this on-demand recording, Ashley Lewis, a nationally board-certified music therapist and the Music Therapy program coordinator for Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts), shares the types of musical playlists you can create to support your health and wellbeing.

By watching this program, you can expect to:

  • listen to music together as an enjoyable and positive social experience;
  • learn about how music affects the brain and mood;
  • create a playlist to helps reduce stress and anxiety.

This program is presented by Ashley Lewis and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation in collaboration with CFCArts.

About the Program Presenter
Ashley Marie Lewis, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT, NMT, is a nationally board-certified music therapist with completed training in neurologic music therapy and neonatal intensive care unit music therapy practices. Ashley graduated from Florida State University with her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Therapy, with clinical practice and research focused on utilizing music therapy for performers and artists. Ashley’s clinical experience includes premature infants in the NICU, adults in ICU, ER, labor and delivery, cardiac, oncology, adults in behavioral health, adults recovering from substance abuse, adults with physical and developmental disabilities, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia, hospice and palliative care, and LGBTQ youth, caretakers, and artists/performers. Prior to moving to Orlando, Ashley provided clinical music therapy working within an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center co-treating with SLP/OT/PT, supervising pre-interns, and directing a Parkinson’s Awareness Choir.