[PsychToday] Music and the Shopper

December 3, 2014

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!It seems like a […]

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On Reflective Practice

November 20, 2014

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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[PsychToday] 10 Eclectic Halloween Songs

October 29, 2014

The holiday season is about to unofficially commence as millions of children dress up as their favorite princess, super-hero, cartoon character, or animal. Once appropriately attired, they will travel door-to-door—or in my case in urban Miami, store-to-store at the outdoor mall—collecting mouthfuls of candy to stuff into plastic orange pumpkins.
Halloween has all the markers of […]

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How My Elementary School Teacher Helped Me Explain Data Collection Development

October 9, 2014

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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[PsychToday] 5 Intrinsic Perks of Music

September 17, 2014

There is mounting evidence that music training benefits skills and areas that are non-musical in nature. Musicians tend to score higher on verbal and math tests. There are differences in the motor and sensory processing areas of a musician’s brain. Musicians also have greater aural acuity, meaning they can more accurately process pitch. Plus the […]

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Starting a Private Practice: Yay or Nay?

August 27, 2014

In this first week of my tenure as a full-fledged professor, I’m going to take a moment to reflect on my time in private practice. In some ways this seems fitting as until this week I have never held a full-time position as an employee.
I ran across a question I received awhile back from a […]

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5 Problems Music Can Create

August 15, 2014

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

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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Music IN Therapy vs. Music AS Therapy: A Change in Perspective?

July 25, 2014

A fellow music therapist published an insightful piece this week about his journey from a music snob to a music therapist. Based on comments and article shares, his post seemed to resonate with other music therapists. It did for me, too, but not in the music snob way . . .
See, I’ve been trying for […]

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