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[PsychToday] Don’t Stop the Music Learning

February 6, 2016
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I had the pleasure last week of serving on a panel following a screening of the BBC documentary Don’t Stop the Music. The film chronicled the journey of professional pianist James Rhodes as he worked to collect enough instruments for one school to begin an orchestra program. The project has grown—according to the website, James […]

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#MTAdvocacy: We Are Not Alone

January 20, 2016
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It’s interesting to me how inspiration can strike from the most unlikely sources. I find it particularly intriguing when this inspiration stems from making connections between two seemingly dissimilar ideas.
For example, take actress/writer Mindy Kaling and advocacy. No, I’m not kidding, just hear me out…
Over the weekend I read Mindy Kaling’s book Why Not Me? […]

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[Guest Post] Social Media Advocacy Month 2016

January 1, 2016
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Happy New Year, Readers! January heralds in not only fresh starts, resolutions, and optimism about the year ahead, but in the online music therapy world we welcome the annual Social Media Advocacy Project! Now in its 6th year, this project brings together the online music therapy community—bloggers and podcasters alike—who spend the month talking about […]

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3 Must-Read Articles of the Week

November 5, 2015
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Every once in awhile I read a blog post or article worth sharing with my readers. This week, there are three.
These three articles are very different in topic and style. One describes living as an autistic person, another is about music therapy and iPods, and the third outlines research on music for maladaptive emotion regulation. […]

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The Dangers of Labels and Perceptions

October 8, 2015
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This post is inspired by two completely different media pieces that I have read/watched in the past 24 hours. The first is a blog post published on Parents.com imploring professionals and non-professionals to stop using the terms “low functioning” and “high functioning” to describe children on the spectrum. The second, a segment that aired on […]

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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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[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 census.gov, 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] The Empowered Healthcare Consumer

March 21, 2015
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There’s a business side to being a healthcare professional. I’m not talking the “big business” aspect of healthcare—like hospitals, insurance companies, and “big pharma”—but more the professional side of being an individual practitioner. Of being regulated in some way…Read more.
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