[PsychToday] The Soothing Balm of Music

November 20, 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 finally cried over […]

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[PsychToday] #BecauseofArtsEd: Arts Education and Me

September 14, 2016
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It will come as no surprise to those who follow my blog posts that I am a big proponent of arts education. I’ve blogged about the reported benefits of including arts in education, have provided ideas of engaging young kids in music, and have highlighted the intrinsic benefits of being trained as a musician.

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In Defense of Extrinsic Benefits…?

August 11, 2016
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Another summer means another opportunity to catch up on a little book reading. This summer’s reading list was inspired by my upcoming teaching and writing commitments. Two books in particular sparked musings on a topic I haven’t yet blogged about (at least not directly), but about which I’ve had numerous conversations with music therapists and […]

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[PsychToday] Harmonicas, Social Connections, and Politics

August 4, 2016
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America has spent the last couple weeks learning about the Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate pic, Senator Tim Kaine. We’ve heard his life story—the mission trip to Honduras, his begin-local-and-work-your-way-up political climb—and we’ve discovered a bit about the man—his younger self “hotness,” his fluent Spanish, and his harmonica chops…

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[PsychToday] Patriotic Music and Cultural Identity

June 30, 2016
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Stars and Stripes Forever
The Star Spangled Banner
God Bless the USA
America the Beautiful
Born in the USA

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[PT Post] Are Musical Genres Outdated?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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