[PsychToday] Patriotic Music and Cultural Identity

June 30, 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!Stars and Stripes Forever
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[PT Post] Are Musical Genres Outdated?

May 27, 2016
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As a musician, one of the hardest questions for me to answer is “what kind of music do you like?” My current rote answer is “Well, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I like…” and then I continue on by listing several examples of different musical genres and the mood I associate them with…

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Letter to a Future Music Therapy Student

May 18, 2016
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There are certain questions I receive on a regular basis as both an educator and a blogger. Hands down the most common question is “how can I become a music therapist” (a question I addressed early in my blogging career). A close second comes from people seriously considering enrolling in a music therapy degree program:
What […]

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[PsychToday] Music for Productive Creativity

May 6, 2016
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Arguably, one of music’s most salient characteristics is the impact it has on our emotions. What if this impact can be used in an intentional way to boost creative flow?
I had an interesting conversation last week with an airplane seat mate…read more.


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Music Therapists: Take this WFMT Survey!

April 21, 2016

The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) is conducting a survey to obtain “detailed, descriptive, worldwide statistical narrative about the demographics, employment, and clinical facts, which help to describe the music therapy profession.”
If you are a music therapist, I encourage you to click this link to take the survey. Though I risk showing a bit […]

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Ability Doesn’t Occur in a Vacuum

April 14, 2016
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I had the distinct pleasure earlier this week to watch a graduate student present to a group of parents on her advanced practicum experience. This student has been working this spring with their children, focusing specifically on facilitating their emotion development.
Being that this was a graduate course, this focus went a little deeper than the […]

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[PsychToday] Learning about Allison’s Brain

March 24, 2016
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I heard a pretty remarkable story last week about a woman named Allison. Allison is a retired music teacher—a highly decorated retired music teacher, too. In 2011, Allison was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, an enlargement of one of the arteries in her brain. An enlargement so big it was the size of a plum. […]

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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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