Music Therapy

[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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re: VISIONing Music Therapy

January 27, 2015
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Wow, what a month! I’m not sure how exactly it got to be the end of January already, although I find myself saying this more and more often these days. I’m 3 weeks into my second semester on faculty at the University of Miami, 1 month away from defending my dissertation, almost 25 posts into […]

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5 Years of the Social Media Advocacy Project: A Look Back

January 4, 2015
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January marks one of my favorite months of the year—the annual Music Therapy Social Media Advocacy project! The 2015 project marks a particularly special event. Not only are we celebrating this being the 5th annual Social Media Advocacy month, but it coincides with the much-anticipated launch of the Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) document […]

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On Reflective Practice

November 20, 2014
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about reflective practice. Perhaps you think this is due to next week’s Thanksgiving holiday, a time intended for us to gather with family and friends and reflect back on all we are thankful for. It could be…but in this case my thinking on reflective practice is more due to […]

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How My Elementary School Teacher Helped Me Explain Data Collection Development

October 9, 2014
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Data collection seems to be a pervasive challenge for the music therapy student, intern, and even clinician. Whether it’s for a music therapy assessment, a regular music therapy session, or a periodic evaluation process, it can be difficult to collect client information in a meaningful and functional way that allows for accuracy, some level of […]

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5 Problems Music Can Create

August 15, 2014
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I am a strong believer in the incredible and varied effect music can have on us. I believe in its ability to shape our brains and our selves. It’s for this reason that I started both my children in piano lessons just shy of their fifth birthdays. Music is the vocational passion of my life […]

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Which Came First, the Music or the Musical? A Visual History of MT Language

July 31, 2014
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This morning, my husband—an avid reader of the New York Times—shared with me a tool on the NYT site that got the nerd in me really excited. This tool, called Chronicle, allows you to visually track language usage in the NYT since its launch in 1860. You insert keywords and/or phrases and the program graphs […]

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