Introductory Music & Wellness Workshop at 2B Well

You cannot deny the effect music has on human beings. Music can uplift our spirits, distract us from pain and motivate us to exercise… Music conjures up long lost memories… Music can help us learn and retain informtion… Music can create bonds … 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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Expanding Horizons: An Exciting New Journey in Wellness

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When people ask me why I chose to become a music therapist, I often contemplate different responses, because there are so many reasons why I did choose this amazing profession. But when I compare all of these reasons, there is … 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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Macklemore in Therapy: A Thursday Therapy Tune Artist Highlight

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Each week I have the privilege of working with a group of teenagers in drug and alcohol recovery. Majority of these kids listen to rap and hip hop, and unfortunately many of their favorite artists glorify drug use in their lyrics. … Continue reading

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#MusicTherapy in Action: A Thursday Therapy Tune Special

In the spirit of Music Therapy Advocacy Month, I felt that sometimes it is best to see music therapy in action in order to understand it. Therefore, today’s Thursday Therapy Tune features an amazing young man I have grown to know well over the years. When I first became board certified I landed my first contract with the Center for Music Therapy and Wellness at Drury university here in Springfield. Over the years, I have had numerous clients through the Center. Some I see for short durations and others for much longer. When thinking of clients who would be willing to help with this, I immediately thought of my good friend Peter. We have been making music together for years and having a blast along the way.  Peter has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, so he has difficulty with fine and gross motor movements. This may lead people to believe that making music would be too hard for him, but watch him play and you will see the motivation he has to independently play along and be an active participant in the music making process.

For the tune today, I chose to share his favorite song of all time, The Ants Go Marching. He has enjoyed this song since he was a child and continues to love hearing it. Though we jam on the drums to the currents such as the Lumineers, Charli XCX, Mike Snow, and Monsters of Men, Peter will always choose the Ants first!

Music therapy is about so much more than just playing music though. The best part about music therapy, is the combination of “music” with “therapy”. By adding a musical component to determined non-musical goals, tasks that may seem tedious become fun. In this case, the exercise and motor control Peter is working on becomes masked by the music. Motor goals are being addressed within the music therapy session to help Peter reach his goals in other therapies and at home. Just think of how great going to therapy would be if music therapists always co-treated with physical and occupational therapists? Combining the expertise of the three always ends with maximum results.

So take a moment to see what music therapy is all about. Though Peter cannot use words to explain it to you, his face pretty much sums it up 🙂

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So You Wanna Be a Music Therapy Advocate…. Join the Project! #MTAdvocacy

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January is Music Therapy Advocacy month which means that music therapists across the country are working extra hard to spread awareness about our profession. We advocate so passionately so that music therapy can become more widespread and the value can be … Continue reading

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