Mederi Music

Music Therapy & Mindfulness Meditation

Dorian Wallace, MT-BC

Mederi Music

Mederi Music is the private practice of composer, pianist, music therapist, and teacher Dorian Wallace.


My passion is to connect with other human beings through music and the mind. Music has been an essential part of our evolution since the Paleolithic era and is an integral part of our history and our evolution of consciousness. I use music and meditation to bring people together, inspire social, political, economic, or environmental change, promote healing, and encourage people to directly investigate consciousness's subtle, unconscious, and transpersonal aspects.

Populations

Although I work in a diverse spectrum of communities and people, there are a few areas in which I specialize.

  • Activists facing burnout

  • Anti-war veterans and service members (PTSD, TBI, etc.)

  • Exit counseling (cult, hate group, dogmatic belief, etc.)

  • Irreligious communities (atheists, agnostics, humanists, etc.)

What is music therapy?

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a board-certified music therapist. Music therapy can be practiced individually or in groups, often collaborating with other therapies, treatments, or pharmaceuticals.


Music therapy involves listening to, reflecting on, and creating music with the goals of improving a person's health and well-being. Immersion in music can support people in more easily expressing themselves, uncovering and managing complex emotions, strengthening and attaining emotional intelligence and release.

Who can benefit from music therapy?

Anyone can benefit from music therapy, but I specialize in treating people who are experiencing the following:

  • Anxiety or Depression

  • Grief or Trauma

  • Difficulty Sleeping or Focusing

  • Burnout

  • Secular Spirituality

Mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation is the intentional mental training that empowers us to direct our attention to the present moment. It helps support understanding how we participate in our experiences without reflexively reacting, and instead, we might engage in more thoughtful and wise responses. Mindfulness is responsive rather than reactive.


We can better understand the existential complexity of mortality, freedom, responsibility, and meaning by refining our intuitive perception. We can uncover authenticity as mindfulness is a road that leads to wisdom. You have begun your journey.

Courses run for two weeks (10 days) M-F from 10 am ET / 7 am PT. I teach individual meditation courses as well.

Before the course

  1. Browse these two essays before the course begins on Monday.

  2. Prepare your meditation space.

        • Dimly lit indoor space.

        • Cushion or chair to sit in an upright posture.

        • Loose and comfortable clothing.

  3. Make sure your Zoom settings are current.

  4. Log in using a computer. If you don't have another option, a tablet or phone will work.

  5. Use earbuds or headphones.

Music lessons and workshops

I teach a craft-based approach to composition and improvisation, intended to activate and expand one's mental space for authentic music-making, sound exploration, and communication skills. I teach an online music course covering practical music theory, history, and philosophy from a vernacular/aural and proletariat perspective. My philosophical approach is non-hierarchical and open to all; self-educated and formally trained, complete novice and expert.

I teach all lessons online.
Workshops can be conducted both online and in person.

Dorian Wallace, MT-BC

Composer and pianist.

Music therapist and meditation teacher.

Dorian Wallace, MT - BC, is a composer, pianist, board certified music therapist, and teacher based in New York City. His work addresses socio-political issues and philosophical concepts, often incorporating improvisation. He has collaborated with artists such as Bonita Oliver, John Sanborn, Paul Pinto, Pamela Z, Charlotte Mundy, Frank London, and Nicholas Finch, to name a few.

Wallace is a founding member and co-artistic director of Tenth Intervention, a progressive new music collective exploring the intersectionality of social justice and community engagement through contemporary music. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he founded the New Music Organizing Caucus, contemporary classical music advocacy, and labor rights collective to address systemic inequalities within the field. With David Kulma, Dorian co-hosts Trysteropod, an anarchist podcast discussing politics from a musician’s perspective. He is a Sing In Solidarity member, a socialist movement chorus in New York City that performs music from the international and domestic left.

One of New York City’s most in-demand dance accompanists, Wallace has played for Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Juilliard, New York University, Columbia University, and many, many others. He also teaches Music for Dancers at the Martha Graham School and is a teaching artist for the Mark Morris Dance Accompaniment Training Program.

Wallace received a BA in Music Therapy from Montclair State University, studying under Dr. Brian Abrams and Dr. Michael Viega. He completed an internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine and MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. Dorian completed his Level 1 training in Guided Imagery and Music from Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music. He leads music therapy and mindfulness meditation groups through American Humanist Association, About Face, Sing In Solidarity, Workers Arts Project, and Gibney Dance.

He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Qualifications

  • BA in Music Therapy - Montclair State University

  • Board Certified Music Therapist - Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT)

  • Guided Imagery and Music Level 1 - Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music