Category Archives: MT in the Medical Setting

Hearing the Lyrics from a Different Perspective: a Thursday Therapy Tune for Hospice

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My work at Mercy leads me to spending time with many brave people battling cancer each week. So many songs are sung, and so many stories are told. Friendships are made and comfort is provided. Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we … Continue reading

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Have You Considered Group #MusicTherapy? Check Out the Benefits!

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Just as other therapies, music therapy can be offered individually or with a group of people. Though individual therapy is great and is designed specifically for the individual being treated, groups offer some great advantages. Music therapy groups can be provided for many … Continue reading

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Music, Physical and Occupational Therapists: How We Can Work Together

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As the music therapy profession grows, so does the opportunity for collaboration among other therapists. This post will address two specific therapists in particular: physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs). Music therapists can (and do) work with PTs and OTs … Continue reading

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Holding onto the Music: 5 Ways #MusicTherapy Aids with #Alzheimer’s Disease

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Not only is summer fast approaching, but June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. I’m sure that almost every person who reads this knows of someone who has lived with or currently is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps a family … Continue reading

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Memorial Day… a #MusicTherapy Tribute

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Memorial Day, previously known as Decoration Day, began after the Civil War to honor the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. Many men and women have fought and died protecting our country and fighting for our freedom since then and we continue … Continue reading

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10 Ways a Music Therapist Aids in Cancer Treatment

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Music therapists can be very useful in cancer treatment and are beginning to be seen more and more in the hospital setting. There are a variety of interventions and treatment strategies the music therapist is trained to implement as well … Continue reading

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#ThursdayTherapyTune : Songwriting with Survivors

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Tonight I have the privilege of attending the Gynecological (GYN) Cancer Alliance’s support group and I couldn’t be more excited to see these wonderful women again. Their courage, strength and optimism strikes me each time I am honored to be … Continue reading

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Your Brain on Music Part 2: Autism, Music and the Brain

Since it is Autism Awareness month, it seemed appropriate to follow up Part II of Your Brain on Music with an emphasis on autism. Though research is scarce on how music specifically affects the brain of individuals with autism, there … Continue reading

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8 Reasons Why You Should Sing Every Day

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Many people think that if they aren’t considered a “good” singer, then they should just keep their voices silent. I believe this couldn’t be further from the truth! Our voice is the natural instrument that majority of us have and … Continue reading

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Your Brain On Music Part 1: 4 Facts You Should Know About Music’s Effect on the Brain

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The human brain is the most complex organ in the body and is responsible for deciphering all of the stimuli we encounter on a daily basis. One of the most common stimuli we encounter every day, throughout the day, is … Continue reading

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