SINGER and SONGWRITER MUSIC THERAPIST
After teaching herself how to play chords, Roia came to the United States and started lessons with various classical guitar students from the Hartt College of Music (University of Hartford). Many lessons later, she was accepted to the Music Therapy program at Temple University (in Philadelphia). Her focus at the time was on classical guitar; however, she loved to sing and play the songs of Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. During college she started to write a number of songs, mostly piano-based.
Years later, she surprised herself by beginning again to write songs- at first on the piano, but then, gradually, songs grew out of her guitar playing. She found herself influenced heavily by her work as a music therapist, using her songs as an emotional outlet, and as a way to cope with the experiences she had working with individuals who had a great deal of trauma.
In addition to her work as a music therapist, supporting folks with autism, Roia and a group of dedicated friends run the Common Grounds Coffeehouse, a monthly venue in Clinton, New Jersey. The focus of the coffeehouse is building an inclusive community through music and art by and for all people. (From Roia's web site: http://www.roiamusic.com/bio.html)
© 2007 Roia Rafieyan
CD "Songs From Behind Locked Doors"
Singer ~ Songwriter
Roia has played her songs in venues from Vermont to Georgia, and she has had the pleasure of providing back-up vocals for her friend Arlon Bennett's CD "Fountain of Dreams." Some of her songs were also included in the independent film by Donna Dudick, "The Mommy Track.”
For 20 years, Roia has been a Music Therapist and is at the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, N.J. Her passion, career and focus is working with adults with Autism, ages 40-50. (See more information and links to other sites on www.roiamusic.com ) She is a member of AMTA, Inc. For Further information on Music Therapy: www.http://musictherapy.org/
Music Therapy Publications
Dvorkin, J. and Rafieyan, R. (1999). “Parallel Experiences” (pp. 247-250) in Inside Music Therapy: Client Experiences (Hibben, J., Ed.). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.
Rafieyan, R. (2002). "Music Therapy with Adults who have Severe and Profound Developmental Disabilities: Clinical Approaches, Focus of Practice, and Role of the Music: A Literature Review". Unpublished Master's Thesis; Drexel University's Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy Program.
Rafieyan, R. (2003). “Meeting Rich: Individual Music Therapy with a Man who has Severe Disabilities” (pp. 339-355) in Psychodynamic Music Therapy: Case Studies (Hadley, S., Ed.). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers. (Read Review)
Rafieyan, R. and Ries, R. (2007). "A Description of the Use of Music Therapy in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry". Psychiatry 2007, 4(1): 47-52. (Read the article)