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In Defense of Extrinsic Benefits…?

August 11, 2016
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Another summer means another opportunity to catch up on a little book reading. This summer’s reading list was inspired by my upcoming teaching and writing commitments. Two books in particular sparked musings on a topic I haven’t yet blogged about (at least not directly), but about which I’ve had numerous conversations with music therapists and […]

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[PsychToday] Music for Productive Creativity

May 6, 2016
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Arguably, one of music’s most salient characteristics is the impact it has on our emotions. What if this impact can be used in an intentional way to boost creative flow?
I had an interesting conversation last week with an airplane seat mate…read more.

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Why I Blog

February 25, 2016
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This month my podcast co-hosts and I posted our 75th podcast episode. We happened to do so during the month of our launch—and it’s been six years! Happy 6-year anniversary to the Music Therapy Round Table podcast!
February is also an anniversary for the Maven blog, which I started exactly one year prior to the podcast. […]

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Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

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[PsychToday] What We’ve Got Wrong with the K-State Marching Band Story

September 8, 2015
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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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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] 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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[PsychToday] Hearing Music in Baltimore

April 29, 2015
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The response of the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more than just a “feel good” nicety. Here’s why…Read more.
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