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#MTAdvocacy and Finding My Advocacy Song

by Kimberly on January 11, 2018 · 1 comment

Welcome to the Music Therapy Maven! I am so happy you are here. If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog so you can get new articles easily. And don’t forget to join the conversation by commenting on the posts or by contacting me directly. Thanks for visiting!It’s January! Know what […]

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It’s now tradition in our house that, in lieu of sending holiday cards, we prepare a holiday music video! Please enjoy, with best wishes for a joyful holiday and a very happy New Year!


I was recently inspired by an episode of the Revisionist History podcast to explore musical characteristics associated with “sad” music. This particular episode stimulated some other thoughts as well, in particular the role of geography and song preference.
Where does this come from? In the podcast episode, host Malcolm Gladwell explored characteristics associated with specific genres—more […]


Summer Reading Challenge, Part 2: Emotion Regulation Time

August 4, 2017
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I’ve continued my personal summer quest to finish 6 books on my professional reading list. In June I shared my review of two books related primarily to autism spectrum “disorder.” The theme of topical pairing now continues with two books on emotion regulation…
Review of Handbook of Emotion Regulation (2nd Ed.)
Emotion regulation (ER)—and particularly ER development—is […]

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World Congress-bound: A Preview

July 2, 2017
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I blog this morning from a hotel room outside the LAX airport. In 6 hours I’ll be on a flight again and, should all go smoothly, in 17 hours will be touching down at Narita airport in Tokyo. From there I make the hourlong bus ride north to Tsukuba, Japan to attend the 15th World Congress […]

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A Landmark Week for Music Therapy Awareness

June 21, 2017
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The week of the 2017 Memorial Day holiday will go down as a landmark week for the music therapy profession in the United States. Let’s start at the end…
Through a partnership between the Kennedy Center and the National Institutes for Health (NIH), music therapy was on full display during the June 2-3 “Sound Health: Music […]

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Summer Reading Challenge, Part 1: Neurodiversity and Movement Differences

June 13, 2017
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Academic life makes for a busy 40 weeks. These include the 32 weeks of actual classes, meetings, defenses, and grading, along with the extra 8ish weeks of course prep and semester wrap-up.
These 40 weeks leave me busy enough there’s little to no time for non-teaching related activity. (Long-time readers may have noticed my blogging schedule […]

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Pomp and Circumstance-inspired Musings

May 13, 2017
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I am fresh off the annual academic tradition of the commencement ceremony. With its academic regalia, inspirational speeches, decorated caps, air horns, and (of course) music, this event marks a concrete moment in life when one transitions into a new role—student to professional, student back to (law/medical/grad) student, student scholar to professional academic.
I enjoy the […]

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Advocacy at All Levels

January 30, 2017
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Women’s marches
Immigration policy protests
Tax day marches
We have seen a wave of protest activity over the past few months. Though these public demonstrations are focused on objections, and thus inherently carry with them a negative association, they can also be perceived as large-scale advocacy efforts. Advocacy for the protection of rights, safety, health, and families. Advocacy […]

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