Music Therapy

Comments on “Using” vs “Working In” Music

March 6, 2014
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I’ve been percolating on the ideas presented by Dr. John Carpente in a blog post he wrote this week in which he explores the concept of music being “used” in therapy as opposed to music being “worked in” in therapy. It’s not a new conversation—I usually read about the music AS versus music IN therapy [...]

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[PsychToday] Music Therapy for our Soldiers

February 27, 2014
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My first non-familial encounter with veterans was as a soon-to-be sophomore in college, two days shy of moving to Iowa City as a transfer student and new music therapy major. I had just learned about music therapy and had spent the past month turning my life upside-down to transfer to the University of Iowa to [...]

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[#MTAdvocacy Press Release] Setting the Record Straight: What Music Therapy Is and Is Not

January 30, 2014
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Last fall, I received an email Jennifer Peters, a Communications Intern for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Jennifer was working on a press release about music therapy and asked if I’d be willing to help distribute the release. She sent it to me this week and well…it fits quite nicely with this month’s Social [...]

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#MTAdvocacy: What We Are

January 23, 2014
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The second definition for “identity” in the Merriam Webster dictionary reads:
the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different than others.
This month marks the 4th annual Social Media Advocacy month, a project whereby music therapy bloggers, podcasters, tweeters, Instagramers, and Facebook users flood the online airwaves with articles, likes, and shares about music [...]

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[Guest Post] We Are…MUSIC THERAPISTS!

January 16, 2014
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When I started my career as a music therapist in 1983, it was not uncommon for me to describe my profession by comparing it to other professions which were more well-known. If people gave me a puzzled look after I proudly stated, “I use music to change behaviors,” I would add, “Music therapy is like [...]

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[Guest Post] Welcome to 2014: Declaring Our Independence

January 9, 2014
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January is Social Media Advocacy Month for the music therapy community. This year’s theme is “We are…” so join us as we celebrate our identity as a distinct and unique profession! This week I invite you to read what my fellow CBMT colleague and friend Dr. Dena Register has to say about declaring our independence [...]

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2014 Social Media Advocacy Month Kickoff

January 2, 2014
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Today marks the start of one of my favorite times of year: it’s Social Media Advocacy Month! For the past 4 years, music therapy bloggers and podcasters have banded together throughout the month of January to talk, write, question, share, and advocate for music therapy. This project is part of the collaborative AMTA/CBMT State Recognition [...]

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[PsychToday] Music: It’s More Than “Feel Good”

December 12, 2013
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Every once in awhile a story like this emerges that that sings the praises (no pun intended) of listening to music. These stories expand on the therapeutic benefits of music, mostly those related to relaxation or mood induction (i.e., making one feel happy/calm/better). Although the New Yorker piece is better than most I read—it actually [...]

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A Call to Action: Help Preserve our Music Therapy History

December 6, 2013

I’m a sucker for history. My non-professional reading list commonly includes political biographies (just finished Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power), historical fiction (loooove Philippa Gregory), and memoirs (which I’ve blogged about before).
Knowing this, it may come as no surprise that I support the American Music Therapy Association’s (AMTA) Archive Project, an initiative spearheaded by [...]

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