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 StudentContinue reading “Back to School: Asking for Help”

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, theContinue reading “Back to School: A Music Therapy Student Series: Pediatric Music Resources”

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 withContinue reading “What’s the Correct Definition of Music Therapy?”

How Trusting in Obliquity May Provide Direction

I really love to learn. I never knew how much I enjoyed it until it was no longer forced on me. Once I graduated college and was finally no longer a student, I realized how much I wanted to keep learning. I recently attended an intensive continuing education course for music therapy. I had beenContinue reading “How Trusting in Obliquity May Provide Direction”

Why We Burn Out

“How are you doing? Are you stressed?” People keep asking me this question a lot. Each time I’m asked this question, I stop and do a mini self-assessment. Am I stressed? No, I don’t think I’m stressed. Despite my heavy work load, I’m doing what I love. That is the answer that I give toContinue reading “Why We Burn Out”

No, I Do Not Have a Machine Gun in My Guitar Case

January is the classic time of year to make goals. It’s a fresh start to try something again, try something new, or accomplish the things you’ve always wanted to. It’s fitting that January is the month where music therapists aim to promote the profession through sharing videos and stories of patient progress and music therapyContinue reading “No, I Do Not Have a Machine Gun in My Guitar Case”

Guest Post: Music Therapy is Easy, Right?

I have long sense touted that my husband is one of the best non-music therapist MTs. He understands deeply what my work entails and can advocate for it and explain it to others just as well as professional music therapists. He would be the first person to say that he does not have the abilityContinue reading “Guest Post: Music Therapy is Easy, Right?”

The Real, Eclectic Music Therapist

When I first started this blog, over three years ago now, I was working part-time for a music therapy private practice. I was still determining who I was as a music therapist, having only been in the field for a brief period of time. I moved into a full-time job a few months after thatContinue reading “The Real, Eclectic Music Therapist”

Redefining Boundaries

Recently, I have found myself considering my personal and professional boundaries more and considering how I may or may not redefine them. In previous posts, I’ve shared my personal diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D). I was not diagnosed with T1D until I was an adult and a practicing music therapist. I had historically beenContinue reading “Redefining Boundaries”

The Continuity of Person-Centered Care

I’ve recently had the opportunity of working in both mental health and pediatric medical care. In my transition to adding pediatric medical care to my workload, many people have asked me how I feel about working with a more “difficult” population, meaning children with acute or chronic medical needs or with children who are dying.Continue reading “The Continuity of Person-Centered Care”