[PsychToday] Don’t Stop the Music Learning

February 6, 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 had the pleasure […]

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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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3 Must-Read Articles of the Week

November 5, 2015
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Every once in awhile I read a blog post or article worth sharing with my readers. This week, there are three.
These three articles are very different in topic and style. One describes living as an autistic person, another is about music therapy and iPods, and the third outlines research on music for maladaptive emotion regulation. […]

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[PsychToday] 3 Musical Ways to Influence a Child’s Emotions

October 22, 2015
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When people ask me what I do, and I say I’m a music therapist, I generally get one of three responses:

The Curious Question: “Music therapy…what’s that?”
The Personal Connection: “You’re a music therapist?! Oh my goodness, my (mom/dad/grandmother/friend/child) had a music therapist and it was fantastic!”
The Emotional Association: “Oh I love music therapy! Music is MY […]

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The Dangers of Labels and Perceptions

October 8, 2015
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This post is inspired by two completely different media pieces that I have read/watched in the past 24 hours. The first is a blog post published on Parents.com imploring professionals and non-professionals to stop using the terms “low functioning” and “high functioning” to describe children on the spectrum. The second, a segment that aired on […]

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