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#MTAdvocacy: What We Are

by Kimberly on January 23, 2014 · 4 comments

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 therapy.

This year’s theme is “We are…” Throughout January, we are exploring and honoring music therapy as a distinct profession, separate and unique from other professions and professionals with which we work.

The articles and podcast episodes that have been generated this year are diverse, creative, and thought-provoking. They have gotten me thinking and pondering about our identity as music therapists. On the qualities and beliefs that make us different and unique from other therapy and creative arts professionals.

We commonly talk about the many “hats” music therapists wear. As I think about the many hats I have worn during my development as a music therapists, and the many hats I see my friends and colleagues wearing, this following list emerges of the identities we hold and the things we are:

We are…musicians.

We are…carers.

We are…helpers.

We are…healers.

We are…compassionate.

We are…readers.

We are…writers.

We are…scholars.

We are…researchers.

We are…clinicians.

We are…creators.

We are…improvisers.

We are…composers.

We are…singers.

We are…advocates.

We are…business owners.

We are…practitioners.

We are…scientists.

We are…presenters.

We are…connectors.

We are…networkers.

We are…explainers.

We are…questioners.

We are…nurturers.

We are…skeptics.

We are…thinkers.

We are…performers.

We are…rehabilitators.

We are…bloggers.

We are…habilitators.

We are…developmentalists.

We are…educators.

We are…human.

We are…MUSIC THERAPISTS!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

n January 24, 2014 at 3:58 am

What a fantastic and interesting post!

Tijs January 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

Thanks a lot, very inspiring post! Great initiative, the #MTAdvocacy. I’ve seen the hashtag quite a lot the past month but didn’t know what it was for. Now I do!

Take care!
Tijs

Kimberly January 30, 2014 at 9:11 am

Thank YOU for reading up on it! Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions. Nice to connect with you :) ~Kimberly

Christian February 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

Hi Kimberly! Let me just say … You are all that and more. You are lovers of people! Perhaps in more ways than one, although not too obviously, you guys make a difference.

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