Category Archives: Resources for MTs

4 Ways to Enhance Your Piano Skills: For Music Therapists

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Hey there music therapists! Are you shying away from the piano? Afraid that it is just “too hard”? From my experience, I usually find that music therapists who don’t play the piano have had training on how to play the … Continue reading

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Music Therapy Life Hack #4: Mega Guitar Picks

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Today’s post is all about these fabulous and giant guitar picks that I picked up a few (maybe 10!) years ago. I originally thought I would use them all the time. They are great for hands that need more than … Continue reading

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DIY Ocean Drums! Just in Time for Summer

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 We are officially one week into summer and the fun is in full swing! Part of my summer fun has been leading my first music therapy group at TheraCare. Each week at the end of our hour together, the children … Continue reading

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Angry Birds and Boomwhackers… My Favorite Game Invention Yet

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I love games and I love working with the elderly. One of my favorite sessions is a group I only see once a month. Since our time is so infrequent, I strive to have the most fun we can possibly … Continue reading

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Thursday Therapy Tune is Back with My Favorite Goodbye Song of All Time!

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The Song: See Ya Later Alligator The Artist: ???? I have sung so many goodbye songs over the years, but there is one that I always have a fun time singing that never gets old. I wish I could tell … Continue reading

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Fall Favorites to Sing with Older Adults

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Fall is here and soon the leaves will be falling! I love this time of year and have been collecting various “Fall Time” songs to use with groups since I was an undergrad  years ago. Whether you are wanting to … Continue reading

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4 Non-Musical Ways to Use the Drum

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This has been my busiest summer yet as a music therapist, and mostly because of the newest addition to the family, little J. Though this leaves less “me” time in my week, I am loving all of the “we” time which … Continue reading

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12 Perfect Songs for the Ukulele

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Not one…not two… you get 12 Thursday Therapy Tunes this week! Summer is coming at us fast and that means it’s time to pull out the ukuleles! Though they are fun to use any time of year, I usually don’t spend … Continue reading

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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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MusicTherapy Life Hack #3: My Favorite Prop for Reminiscing with Older Adults

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When was the last time you heard a song that sparked a memory? My guess is that it wasn’t that long ago… perhaps even the last song you heard today! Music is one of the easiest ways to trigger memories, … Continue reading

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