Self Care and the Music-Making Music Therapist

Okay, so I have been tossing around many great ideas for blogs over the past week but there is one event that happened outside of work that I just can't get out of my head so I guess it wins out. Like so many others, I got into music therapy because it combined my passion [...]

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Internship Highlights

I now have just 4½ weeks left of my Music Therapy Internship here at West Music. Here are a few of the highlights I have experienced so far: I decided to bring my violin to my DD sessions the week of St. Patrick's Day. I played Irish jigs, and it was amazing how some of [...]

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I Love My Job!

Sometimes it is easy to take for granted what a rewarding job I have. I share music with people 5 days a week! However, I am doing more than sharing music. Music brings about smiles, laughter, stories, tears and shared experiences. And these experiences are what drive me to continue and are what keeps this [...]

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Hurry Up and Wait

For those of you in the contractual music therapy world, I'm sure you are very familiar with "Hurry up and Wait". The thrill of the chase to get the contract signed on the dotted line, to finally getting to implement a program can sometimes take about 3 seconds and other times take YEARS. And undoubtedly [...]

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Diversity in Music Therapy Settings

On a typical morning I might be using simple phrases such as "First drum, then tambourine" with a 6 year old. Then in the afternoon I am having a full conversation with a 70 year old about their family. I came into this internship in music therapy desiring the diverse experience of working with all populations, [...]

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Birthdays, Weddings and Transitioning from Student to MT-BC

When someone has a birthday, people may joke about feeling (or not feeling) a year older. We joke, because in all reality it's not a huge switch from the way we felt the day before. Other events, such as a wedding, involve a more immediate change with the actual event. Whether it's a change of last name or [...]

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The Only Thing Constant is Change

Transitions, transitions, transitions. In my personal life I have recently gotten married, my husband got a different job in a different city, I then got a different job (but luckily still at West Music!!), and we went from renting to owning (just this week in fact!). Our lives are full of transitions and this is [...]

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Tame the Chaos by Organizing Your Materials

One of the things that I love about my job is that I’m not stuck in an office all day, every day. I get to travel to many different places, to see many different types of clients in many different settings. However, this means that my car has basically become my portable instrument closet. Since [...]

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Where Has the Time Gone? Reflecting on my Music Therapy Internship at West Music.

The other day I looked at the calendar to help me figure out what themes I might use for my upcoming sessions. That’s when it hit me... It’s already June! I can’t believe that in just a week, my music therapy internship with West Music will be complete. At first I kind of panicked. “Wait! [...]

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Music Therapy: Beneficial for the Entire Family

One of the highlights of providing music therapy for hospice patients is the opportunity to hear the role music has played throughout the course of a patient's life.  It seems like everyone has some connection to music - be it singing in the church choir, playing in the school band, or singing songs in the [...]

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