Music Therapy Bloggers to Watch in 2010

by Kimberly on January 21, 2010 · 25 comments

Darren Rowse at Problogger gave his readers a challenge to write our own “bloggers to watch in 2010” article. It seemed like fun (and is different from posts I typically write), so thought I’d take the plunge.

These are music therapy bloggers (professionals and students) I follow and whose blogs inspire, entertain, and educate. Here they are, in no particular order:

Top 6 Music Therapy Bloggers

1. Rachel Rambach is a music therapist in Springfield, IL. She works full-time at the Hope Institute with children with multiple disabilities and maintains a private practice. Plus, she runs the awesome blog Listen and Learn music, where she posts her original music (including lyrics AND audio). Her blog is infused with her personality and it’ll be fun to watch her as her blog grows and expands.

2. Daniel Tague is currently pursuing his doctorate in music therapy. He posts lots of useful, concrete information and tips on his blog, Music Makes Sense–music strategies you can use, links to research of interest, and his commentary and insights on the field. This is the most academic blog of the bunch.

3. I have yet to meet Erin Breedlove in person, but I’ve connected with her frequently on Facebook. She’s a new music therapy student and is VERY passionate about her new-found calling. Erin runs the blog Empowering People and Changing Lives, which is meant to do just what it says. Keep on eye on Erin–she’s full of drive and will make her mark in the field.

4. Roia may not post often (she had 39 posts in 2009), but when she does it’s insightful, thought-provoking, and genuine. Her posts on the Mindful Music Therapist are based on her feelings and observations as a therapist and it’s always a pleasure to be a part of her journey.

5. Michelle Erfurt is a music therapist in Florida with big ideas to help other professionals and students. She founded The Music Therapy Tween, named such because she’s not quite a newbie, but not a full-fledged experienced professional. As with Roia, Michelle does not post often, but she shares her personal journey and it’s from the heart.

6. I can’t believe I forgot this one! My original list did not include Matt Logan, but it should have. Matt launched the Music Therapy Source in November 2009. He’s a brand-new therapist and it’s a brand-new site, but so far Matt has included quite a variety of posts: guitar lesson videos, interviews, research announcements. Plus there’s an international focus in some of his materials, which is unique. I think we’ll have a lot to learn from Matt.

Who Would Go on Your List?

These are the six music therapy bloggers that made it on my radar this year. But I know there are others out there.

Share who you think are the bloggers to watch and why. Maybe they’ll make it on the list next year!


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel January 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

Thank you, Kimberly! I feel honored to be on this list! You would definitely be at the top of mine 🙂
.-= Rachel´s last blog ..Put the Scarf on Your… =-.

Michelle Erfurt January 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

Thanks Kimberly! This IS an honor.
.-= Michelle Erfurt´s last blog ..Lesson Learned… Collaborations =-.

Erin January 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

Thank you so much, Kimberly! You are too kind. You would be on my list as well! 🙂
.-= Erin´s last blog ..A Letter To Expess My Current Feelings…and a plug =-.

Matt Logan January 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Thanks, Kimberly! Love your site, and honored to be mentioned on it!

Roia January 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

What a joy to be among such a nice collection of music therapy colleagues. Thanks for the blog love, Kimberly! May you have many happy visitors (I know I’m one). 🙂
.-= Roia´s last blog ..1/12/10 Quote(s)- Music therapy and power =-.

Pamela Ott January 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Hi Kimberly,
I am a Music Therapist in Arizona that just started a blog entitled “Music Acitivities for Special Children” in response to the requests of the parents of many of my children who will be losing Music Therapy services due to recent budget cuts in Arizona. Please feel free to share this blog with anyone you feel may be interested in the content.

I am enjoying your blog – thanks for the good information!

Pamela Ott, MT-BC, NMT
Music Therapy Director
UCP of Southern Arizona
.-= Pamela Ott´s last blog ..Playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the Keyboard =-.

Kimberly January 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Hello Pamela,

Thank you for writing in–and for sharing your new blog! I will be adding it to my reader:D Enjoy the blogging journey–and welcome to the community:D

Steven | The Emotion Machine January 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm

The healing power of music and art is something I like to focus on occasionally in my own blog. I had no idea there were all these good blogs out about music therapy – I am going to check them out right now after I tweet this post.

Also, I found this page on – congrats!
.-= Steven | The Emotion Machine´s last blog ..How To Combat Work Overload =-.

Kimberly January 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Thank you for your interest, Steven! If I can answer any questions for you, hope you contact me:D ~Kimberly

Daniel Tague January 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Thanks for the shout-out Kimberly! You definitely need to put your blog on the list too! Great posts about the brain and the NPR discussion! Have fun blogging and keep up the great work so far!
.-= Daniel Tague´s last blog ..Ring, Ring! Who’s There? Tinnitus – Or, Maybe Not! =-.

Kimberly January 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

You are more than welcome, Daniel. I love your blog! ~Kimberly

SD Singh February 5, 2010 at 6:18 am

Dear Friend,
Nice to know of your interest in music therapy, which promises a better tomorrow to all of us! Perhaps you and your friends may be interested in knowing the therapeutic role of Indian raga (music) system. You may get lot of material in the web by visiting our website and also by google searching for “tv sairam music therapy”
You may also be interested in knowing the 4th International conference on Psychology of Music to be held in India (Visakhapatnam precisely) in collaboration with Andhra University. Those of you who are serious in pursuing home-study on music therapy, you can download the application form for Distance Learning Programme and mail to us. Love. SD Singh

Shae Lindsey March 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I just started a blog last month. I am still working out how to upload songs, visuals and videos. I hope to work the glitches out over spring break. I have so much to share and appreciate you and some of your fellow bloggers with the knowledge you so share.

Kimberly March 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

I look forward to reading what you have to say! ~Kimberly

Peggy Filock, MT-BC, NICU MT May 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

So glad to have found your blog! I recently moved to Englewood, Fl (Sarasota County) from western NY (50 miles south of Buffalo) and am very excited about starting my private practice. I have over 20 years experience with all age groups, developmentally disabled. psychiatric, geriatric and preschool and school age. My emphasis in the last 4 years has been in NICU MT and pediatric music therapy. Would love to hear from other MTs who are in private practice and are located along the Gulf Coast.

Kimberly May 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I hope it helps, Peggy! That’s the intention. Good luck getting everything started in FL! ~Kimberly

Sarah November 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Hi Kimberly! I had the opportunity to attend your presentation last National Conference in San Diego! Fabulous! I am a student in Rochester NY at Nazareth College and I am about to start my last semester! I started a blog last spring called “The Eclectic Guitar” since you, Rachel and Michelle are such big influences to me in the MT field! I hope to run into you at conference! I will certainly be putting my @EclecticGuitar on my name tag! Thanks! 🙂

.-= Sarah´s last blog ..Conference- It’s where it’s AT! =-.

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