Keep Thinking Essentially

The concept of being a healthcare worker is a strange one. When a crisis hits, most people run away, but a healthcare worker runs towards it. In unprecedented times like this, what it means to be a frontline person is evolving daily. A couple of weeks ago, just as COVID-19 was entering the U.S., I […]

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Your Ideas Are Worth Something

I had an opportunity recently to listen to to a talk by Ira Glass about his work in journalism and in telling stories. I’ve been a fan of “This American Life” for a number of years, especially during my time working in hospice care and needing something other than music to listen to during my […]

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Back to School: Philosophical Approaches

#4: Philosophical Approaches One of my favorite aspects of training interns is assisting students in defining their professional identity. As a music therapy student, you are taught the various ways in which one can practice music therapy but are often only exposed to a couple of approaches. Each therapist has the opportunity to define who […]

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Back to School: How to Effectively Assess and Establish Goals

#3 Assessments and Goals: A few months ago, I received my formal training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). I had been taught and supervised by Neurologic Music Therapists throughout my career and had a fairly secure understanding of the techniques before arriving. What I unexpectedly experienced during this training was a bit of an identity […]

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Back to School: Asking for Help

Music therapy students often encounter similar trajectories throughout their internship as they begin to learn more about themselves and who they are as a music therapist. In my last post, I wrote about one aspect of internship that has been a common challenge for students, including building repertoire: Back to School: A Music Therapy Student […]

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Back to School: A Music Therapy Student Series: Pediatric Music Resources

There are 4 key points that I frequently teach music therapy interns during the first half of their internship. These are points that can be embraced by interns in any type of internship setting, but may directly apply more to those working with children. #1: Pediatric Music Resources Often when students arrive to internship, the […]

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What’s the Correct Definition of Music Therapy?

The music therapy world is a small one, but it’s growing in size. Based on stats recently provided by our certification board (and organized by one of my colleagues), our profession has almost tripled in size within the last 10 years. The infrastructure created to help support our profession is scurrying to keep up with […]

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