Dorian Wallace, MT-BC

Liberation music therapy for all humans experiencing violence, end-of-Life, and trauma.

"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 practice music as a means to bring people together, promote sociopolitical transformation and healing, and support people in directly examining their consciousness."

Dorian Wallace, MT-BC, received a BA in Music Therapy from Montclair State University, studying under Dr. Brian Abrams and Dr. Michael Viega. He currently serves as Risk Management and Accountability System (RMAS) Arts Program Coordinator at Rikers Island Correction Facility. He interned at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine and the MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care and completed Level 1 training in Guided Imagery and Music from the Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music. Dorian facilitates music therapy and mindfulness meditation programs at Rikers Island, the American Humanist Association, About Face, Footsteps, and his practice, Mederi Music.

Contact:
dorianwallacemusic (at) gmail (dot) com

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

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Practitioner - The Priority Academy

Communities of Focus

Although I work with a diverse range of communities and people, there are a few communities to whom I am particularly committed.

  • Activists struggling with burnout

  • Exit counseling (religious, political, self-help, & commercial cult disaffiliation)

  • People undergoing incarceration, justice-impacted individuals/communities

  • Veterans who oppose war, disillusioned military personnel, conscientious objectors

  • Violence-impacted individuals/communities

What Is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music interventions by a board-certified music therapist to achieve clinical goals within a therapeutic relationship. The practice involves listening to, reflecting on, and creating music to improve a person's health and well-being. Sessions can be practiced individually or in groups, often in conjunction with other therapies, treatments, or pharmaceuticals.


Immersion in music can provide insights into cognitive and behavioral factors such as motivations, reactionary behaviors, cognitive perceptions, emotional regulation, and interpersonal understanding, allowing us to discern the constraints of rational dialogue or conscious cerebral processes. Music engagement, whether active or passive, can stimulate symbolic manifestations from our interoceptive mental space, revealing unconscious personal thoughts and feelings. Psychoanalysis of a person's musical experience can support how they can overcome challenges.

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.

Group courses generally run for two weeks (10 days) M-F from 10 am ET / 7 am PT.
I offer individual meditation courses and sessions 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.