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[PsychToday] Scoping out Sticky Songs

by Kimberly on September 23, 2015 · 0 comments

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The Kansas State University marching band director is in hot water following this weekend’s halftime performance. The show was space-themed and included music from the “Star Trek” TV show and “Star Wars” movies. The “controversy,” though, centers on a 3-second segment of drill in which the Starship Enterprise was depicted as destroying the University of […]


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[PsychToday] Punk Music Isn’t “Bad”

by Kimberly on July 30, 2015 · 0 comments

Early in my professional career as a music therapist, a colleague asked me what I thought about her teenage son’s music choices. He had started listening loud, punk-type music and my colleague was wondering whether or not she should be worried. I assured her that, although this was not a particular area of expertise for […]


Am I a Therapist First or a Musician?

July 20, 2015
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I’m two-thirds of the way through reading Ken Aigen’s 2013 book The Study of Music Therapy: Current Issues and Concepts. It’s been sitting on my shelf for almost a year, now, as I made myself focus solely on chipping away at my dissertation and completing first year of teaching. Now that both of those are […]

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5 Difficult Concepts Made Easier by Disney’s “Inside Out”

June 26, 2015
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Disclaimer: This post gives away some plot lines from the Disney movie Inside Out. Read at your own risk.

The other day, the family and I did something that millions of other families do on a typically Sunday afternoon. We went to the movies. The movie of choice? Disney’s recently released cartoon movie Inside Out. I […]

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[PsychToday] Therapy Through…Choir?

June 17, 2015
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There are just over 6,000 board certified music therapists in the United States. According to, there are over 321 million people living in the US. This means there is one music therapist for every 53,500 people in this country.
Now, of course, music therapists don’t work with everyone; we tend to work with individuals who […]

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On Shifts in Categorizing a Profession

June 11, 2015
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The field of music therapy is broad and diverse—diverse in approaches, in clinical and musical styles, in types of settings, and types of clinical populations. This diversity makes us hard to define (whole books have been written on defining music therapy), but it also allows for multiple perspectives on how to categorize the work we […]

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[PsychToday] 3 Steps to a Music-Enhanced Workout

June 5, 2015
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My workout time is my reading time. Between work, writing, kids, and family, I have little time to actually sit and read a book, so I listen to my books while exercising.
Except for the other day when my Audible app crapped out on me (I’ve since updated my software, so my apps are happy again). […]

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10 Truths Learned as a First-Year Novice University Professor

May 11, 2015
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As of the publishing of this post, I have submitted my grades for the spring 2015 term, thus ending my first year as a full-fledged university professor.
I’ve come to view my transition into professor-ship this year a bit like what it means to become a parent or be a PhD student. No one can really […]

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