June 30, 2020

As a business owner, I have made a commitment to serve everyone who needs my services.  What economic or societal structures prevent people from seeking my services? Are there inequities that I can address?  As a music therapist, I recognize that music has the potentia...

June 17, 2020

A colleague shared the phrase “grace, grief, and gratitude” as a coping mechanism.  We’ve all been impacted in some way by the events of the last few months.  This in turn can affect our physical and mental health.  We might be struggling with sleep disturbances, low e...

June 10, 2020

I recently went through a short bout of back pain. One of the areas we commonly address as music therapists is pain.  I’m going to share what I learned. 

Pain is exhausting.  I was never incapacitated but needed to be careful about everything I did.  Pain disrupted...

June 2, 2020

Have you ever been in the band room before rehearsal starts and there’s a marvelous cacophony of dozens of musicians warming up and noodling all at the same time?  Or have you been in a drum circle where one or two of the drummers are pursuing their own groove and are...

May 29, 2020

Disclaimer: This is not a political post or a recommendation for or against wearing masks. I am passionate about understand current research and helping others to do so.  For current guidance on wearing masks, please see CDC.gov

You may have seen a quote from the New En...

May 19, 2020

You may have heard that choral groups are recommending that people avoid group singing or may have seen the article in which researchers used a smoke machine to determine air displacement by wind instruments. Music is by its very nature a social and communal activity....

May 12, 2020

Even some of the best news sources aren’t great at science reporting.  In addition, access to research journals is limited for most of us.  There are also many more research studies than are published.  When we do have access to research, often there is terminology and...

May 5, 2020

We are all dealing with some sort of loss at this time. It’s normal to feel a wide range of emotions as part of the grieving process.  Ethical self-disclosure is always about helping the client so I hope that what I am sharing helps you to know that you aren’t alone in...

April 28, 2020

Disclaimer:  This blog post is based on my experiences and opinions and does not constitute legal advice.  If you have questions regarding privacy and telehealth, please consult your lawyer. 

What do online classes look like?  Would they work for me or my chil...

April 21, 2020

Music therapy is, among other things, about interaction, reacting in the moment, and providing a humanistic response in the midst of medical treatment that can seem very impersonal.  So, what happens when we can no longer see clients in person? 

It forces us as a p...

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