If you're a music therapist, music teacher, activities director, or anyone who would like to incorporate instruments in your healthcare setting, this list is for you.Read More
circuits in the brain called mirror neurons provide us with the empathy to connect our own meaning to that of the music- even if we don’t know what the composer actually meant. Experiencing empathy leads to feeling compassion, and this feels good. Listening to music, therefore, is good for all of humanity.Read More
“One person has a bunch of excitement and distraction, the other person is at home just… doing stuff. The longer it goes, the more challenging it gets.” This is something that has to be navigated, but it’s not unique to artists. If you love someone, you figure it out.
if you follow your gut and have a sense of flexibility, you’ll land on the right pathRead More
Working together, we used music as a distraction, as a reward, and as the motivation. Responding to Mia’s actions and moods through musical improvisation meant that she felt understood and was more motivated to participate in the therapy session. The music pushed her to lift higher, stretch longer, and laugh in the middle of crying.Read More
So here's to trying something new in the new year. Taking more, smaller trips. Carrying less. Taking time to breathe.Read More
Alas, even when one is doing the ‘right thing’, one still has to consider finances and make strides to grow. So I run, and I think, and I feel stress, and I keep running.Read More
any music therapist should have clinical practice backed by firm research and implemented with creativity and flexibilityRead More
realizing a new perspective doesn’t mean you can stop brushing your teeth or paying your rent. Self-care doesn’t mean you can abandon all responsibility and go to the beach for three weeks.Read More
There is more to empathy than just taking on another person's feelings. It's about being open to how someone might feel, without judgment or assumption. It's about actively listening, and then really thinking about what you say and whether it really needs to be said. Sometimes, the best way to listen is silently.Read More
This tension is representative of the aforementioned difficult emotions- suspense, uncertainty, sadness- and the resolution can help listeners move through these issues to a resolution of positivity. Unresolved tensions in music, as well as key changes or rhythmic surprises, can help listeners learn to deal with unexpected changes and accept them.Read More
He called me excitedly when he started working on a new piece that called for hitting the piano strings with a timpani stick. He showed genuine interest in the musical projects I was a part of, even rock music that I guarantee he’d have no interest in musically.Read More
To recap, if you’re looking for a therapist, look for the following:
I. Intensive academic study in their field.
II. Supervised clinical experience.
III. Certification, Registration, or Licensure.Read More
Sometimes I want to squish up my passion into paper ball, stick it in a storage container underneath my bed, and take a job counting blades of grass 8 hours a day for awhile.Read More