[PsychToday] Learning about Allison’s Brain

March 24, 2016
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Welcome to the Music Therapy Maven! I am so happy you are here. If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog so you can get new articles easily. And don’t forget to join the conversation by commenting on the posts or by contacting me directly. Thanks for visiting!I heard a pretty […]

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[PsychToday] Building Bridges: Music Therapy in Hospice Care

March 8, 2016
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A beautiful story was published in People magazine recently about a music therapist at Cincinnati Children’s hospital who composes “heartbeat songs” for his clients and their family. These particular clients are unique—they all receive hospice services, meaning these children were given a prognosis of six months or less to live…Read more.
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Why I Blog

February 25, 2016
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This month my podcast co-hosts and I posted our 75th podcast episode. We happened to do so during the month of our launch—and it’s been six years! Happy 6-year anniversary to the Music Therapy Round Table podcast!
February is also an anniversary for the Maven blog, which I started exactly one year prior to the podcast. […]

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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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Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

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[PsychToday] Music, Smell, and Holiday Shopping

December 23, 2015
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At the time of writing this post, we are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Halloween candy has long been consumed, Thanksgiving meals digested, Hannakah candles lit, Solstice passed. All that’s left now is Christmas.
Of all those holidays, Christmas is arguably the most ubiquitous, in particular for those who […]

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[#PsychToday] The Evolution of Music: A Bonding Effect?

December 9, 2015
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I’ve performed in many ensembles over the years—band, orchestra, choir, and chamber groups—and have yet to find a music group as socially and emotionally connected as the marching band. Not to say I haven’t felt connected to my fellow choral, orchestra, and wind ensemble peers, but there’s something about the […]

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