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Music Therapists Wear Many Different Hats

Music Therapists Wear Many Different Hats

2014's theme for Social Media Advocacy Month is "We are..." All month long, music therapy bloggers and podcasters shared their thoughts on why music therapy is a distinct and unique profession. You can view and listen to other fabulous, mind-bending, and insightful...

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Break the Session Plan Monotony!

Happy New Year! It’s usually around this time of year that we do what we can to set ourselves up for success. And, setting yourself up for success in the New Year is a favorite topic for us at Music Therapy Ed. Today, we're shouting out Emily Sutin, music therapist in...

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Piano Improv with Lauren Bevilacqua, MT-BC

Piano Improv with Lauren Bevilacqua, MT-BC

This Week's Shout-Out Lauren Bevilacqua, MT-BC is an amazing music therapist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves her state, regional, and national music therapy organizations in various capacities, and has even written an official MusicTherapyEd Theme...

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#AMTA13 #AwesomeMT Q&A for you!

#AMTA13 #AwesomeMT Q&A for you!

The #AwesomeMTs Rachel See, Megan Resig, JoAnn Jordan, Michelle Erfurt, and I sat on a panel at the #AMTA13 conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Here are some Q's that we couldn't A in the panel, because the explanation requires links and interwebs and so-forth =)...

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Two Early Holiday Gifts

Two Early Holiday Gifts

Our last On-The-Go mp3s were such a hit that we decided to give you more this week! These On-The-Go mp3s are custom designed for the traveling therapist who is an auditory learner. In the audio, I walk you through the key of the song, the lyrics, and the chords. We've...

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Do you know enough repertoire?

Do you know enough repertoire?

Do you know enough repertoire? Do you have enough songs? I just returned from facilitating a healing retreat for healthcare professionals. And I have to preface this message with :: YOU ARE ENOUGH. I think it is so important to practice therapy in the space of YOU ARE...

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Ramp up your guitar skills with Ryan Judd, MA, MT-BC!

Ramp up your guitar skills with Ryan Judd, MA, MT-BC!

Greetings, fellow music therapist! We have been busy at MusicTherapyEd.com, improving our courses and our website, as well as empowering music therapists ALL OVER THE WORLD! We are so full of gratitude that you have joined us on this journey! We are almost to the end...

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Neurodiversity with CJ Shiloh- Are you game?

Neurodiversity with CJ Shiloh- Are you game?

Ahoy fellow music therapist, Today is a very special shout-out to a passionate music therapist and her work in the area of neurodiversity. This Week's Shout-Out CJ Shiloh, MT-BC, is a woman with a big dream. Her vision is to "give autistic people equal access to the...

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My Worst Fear About Our Field

My Worst Fear About Our Field

People are not going to "like" you when you achieve professional success in our field. We know from the research that "likeability" is negatively correlated with success for women, but positively correlated with success for men. I learned that from Sheryl Sandberg in...

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Happy 1st Birthday! And How To Use FEAR To Your Advantage

Happy 1st Birthday! And How To Use FEAR To Your Advantage

We're taking a look into our archives...back to 1st birthday! We hope you enjoy this story of perseverance and CONQUERING fear! And here we are a year later! Wow! This is a story about taking risks, following your gut, and saying YES. I believe that we can use FEAR to...

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Drumming with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Drumming with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

What's really useful when you are drumming with individuals with dementia is the GOAL. Be aware of the goal. Maybe the goal is social interaction. Or perhaps the goal is to stimulate motor movement. Then again, you may be working on memory validation. Whatever the...

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Ryan Judd, MA, MT-BC

Ryan Judd, MA, MT-BC

Hello fellow music therapist! Interested in Ryan's awesome DVD? Simply enter ShoutOutOnly into the Coupon Code after entering your address information for his DVD. The code is only good until April 22nd. The link to purchase Ryan's DVD is here:...

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NMT + Non-Profit Music Therapy: A Beautiful Marriage

NMT + Non-Profit Music Therapy: A Beautiful Marriage

Springtime Blessings to you, fellow music therapist! Congratulations to the regional conference raffle winners! Thanks to a generous anonymous donor who sponsored our raffle, Drew Davenport of Columbus, OH and Wendy Stapley, MT-BC of Mesa, AZ each won a free CMTE...

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Rachel Rambach’s Brilliance and How To Alleviate FOMO

Rachel Rambach’s Brilliance and How To Alleviate FOMO

Hello fellow music therapist! I'm recovering from a bout of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) this past weekend as I witnessed tons of social media action from the Southeastern Region of AMTA conference. I think I'll be ok, but hit reply to let me know what I missed! And...

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Intergenerational En Fuego with JoAnn Jordan!

Intergenerational En Fuego with JoAnn Jordan!

Hello fellow music therapist, here's this week's shout out! JoAnn Jordan, MT-BC has been a blogging friend of mine for a few years. I am constantly amazed by her consistency in sending out helpful session ideas for both generations: older adults + kids. She's kinda...

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2013 Drum Circle Facilitators Guild Conference

Hello drum circle facilitators and music therapists alike! What an amazing weekend in NoCal. I'm blown away, rejuvenated, and soooooo grounded after making music with you all! You can click here to grab the Social Media Conversation Starters specific to our industry....

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Learn Basic Bell Technique From Christine Stevens

Learn Basic Bell Technique From Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC shows basic bell technique for clinicians who facilitate drum circles. In this video, you'll learn why you should use tape on your bells. You'll learn the appropriate area to strike bells. And you'll understand the special considerations...

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Why do you love music therapy?

Why do you love music therapy?

January is always Social Media Advocacy Month for us music therapists. The instructors and I (Kat) love social media AND music therapy so much, so this seems to be a perfect fit for us to participate. Because we have Tuesday Shout-Out email list subscribers all over...

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Learn this chant by Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

Learn this chant by Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

People of the drum is a chant that Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, wrote several years ago. It is incredibly versatile. And you can use it with virtually any population! Whether you're working with kids, seniors, and anything in between, this chant is sure to be a...

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Why Drumming Improvisation Is Therapeutic

Why Drumming Improvisation Is Therapeutic

How is improvisation therapeutic? Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, walks you through why drumming isn't about the snare, cymbal, counting, or subdivisions. Actually, it's about intuitive improvisational drumming. When we improvise there is an activation/deactivation...

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