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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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On Reflective Practice

November 20, 2014
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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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5 Ways to Handle Misrepresentation of Music Therapy

June 11, 2014
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One of the most common complaints I hear from fellow music therapists relates to misrepresentation—that is, when a person, company, or media piece advertises “music therapy” when none exists (well, there may be music involved, but not music therapy as provided by a qualified professional trained with the rigorous competency standards of board certified music […]

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The Next Chapter: A Life of Academia

May 1, 2014
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The final transition of the graduate school experience may not be the passing of a thesis or dissertation defense, but rather figuring out what happens next. My conversations with fellow graduate students at this stage in their degree often centers around job possibilities, job interviews, and professional scuttlebutt about who is moving into what position.
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What to Do When Your Profession is Dissed

August 29, 2013
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I love music therapy. I am fascinated with the science of it, the art of it, and the humanity of it. It’s intellectually and emotionally challenging and rewarding. I have chosen to make music therapy my life’s work. No matter what particular “job” I may be doing—Regulatory Affairs Associate, PhD student, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Clinician, […]

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“Best” Jobs for the Student Music Therapist

September 6, 2012
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I love getting questions from readers. More often than not, they inspire me to consider something I hadn’t thought of before or to see it through a different lens.
I got a question along those lines this week. Maven reader Kate wrote:
Before you were an MT-BC music therapist, what kind of jobs were you employed at? […]

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Guest Post: Focusing on our Field, our Profession, and our Clients

April 26, 2012
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I am excited and pleased to introduce you to Meredith Pizzi, a Boston-based music therapist and business owner. As you may remember from my post a couple weeks ago, our profession is considering a move to becoming a Masters-level entry field. I had heard through the grapevine that Meredith had some insightful thoughts on this […]

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Taking Time to Think

February 8, 2012
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I think that one of the biggest perks of being a PhD student is that I am being forced to think.
When is there time, otherwise? Between running a household, raising kids, having a business, seeing clients, documentation, learning new songs, going to the grocery store, checking social media streams, buying birthday gifts,….WHEW! Our thinking has […]

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Secrets to being a Successful Music Therapy Student

August 10, 2011
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I got a great question recently from Maven reader and music therapy student Caitlyn W. (@caitlynmarie123), who wrote:
I would love if you would write posts directed toward music therapy students. I know that as a college student, I love to hear other people’s stories of their college experience, how they balanced all the classes, internship […]

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