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hoW music speaks healing and hope By Rachel Ferguson , mm, mt-Bc, nicu-mt
The Voice Box
To learn more about Rachel and connect with her with your questions, comments or
thoughts, log onto www.wholenotemusictherapy.com.
In the CCM world, we typically think of music as
entertainment, a medium of worship or simply
background noise. But for many, music is healing,
therapeutic and life-giving. Rachel Ferguson, a
music therapist in San Diego, California has worked
with countless individuals all over the world in a
variety of circumstances. From children dealing
with autism to caregivers watching a loved one slip
away, much like David did for Saul, she has brought
music as a healing and soothing presence into their
lives. Beyond therapy, she has also found God in
music when it has been a challenge to find Him
elsewhere. CCM is excited to partner with Rachel as
she digs deep every month into “The Voice Box” and
explores more elements of this God-given mystery
we like to call music.
My name is Rachel. I’m a Christian and a vocalist. I
mention these two facts at the beginning because they
have shaped my life since I was a little girl. Music and
church were synonymous throughout my college years at
Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. However, since
earning my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance the
symmetry between the two lessened.
I went to graduate school (Go Florida State!).
I got married and embarked on life.
Throughout though, I have struggled to find a church
home that bridges music and worship in a way that helps
me draw nearer to God. So in recent years I have turned
to my guitar and my voice to worship in the sanctuary of
my home, singing hymns and praise songs that comfort
my spirit and help me give praise to the One who gave
me my voice.
In “The Voice Box,” I look forward to sharing with you my
journey to serve God, to share His message of love and to
be a musician. I’ll talk with you about my work as a voice
teacher, a music therapist (I promise to explain to you
exactly WHAT music therapy is!) and my ongoing search
for a church home in which I can minister through music
and be ministered to as well.
I want to start a conversation with you... what influenced
me… what influences you and how you can incorporate
music into your family’s life, into worship and how you
can use all forms of music, both secular and sacred, to
minister to the world.
Send me your thoughts. Send me your questions.
Jump in and let your voice be heard.
Just like God, music can’t be contained within a single
dimension or understanding. So join me, friends, as
we break open the lid and dive deep into the endless
possibilities I like to call “The Voice Box.”