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Dungeons & Dragons & Music Therapy Advocacy

Did you know that March is Music Therapy Awareness Month?Cool stuff!Did you know that the idea of “advocating for my profession” makes me super duper uncomfortable? Well, it does. And here we are. March. Music Therapy Awareness Month.Guess I should, like, advocate?I mean, okay, I know it’s important!There’s a lot of misinformation about Music Therapy [...]

Who Even Keeps Resolutions, Anyway? S.M.A.R.T. Goals Are Better

It’s hard to believe that we’re already mid-way through February of 2019!New Year’s Eve doesn’t seem so long ago. The promise of a new year, a fresh start, exciting possibilities… it’s more than enough to get the old motivational engine revved and roaring! Plans form, goals are etched in stone, and we feel certain that [...]

Tempo Time Warp: Why Does Music Sound Slower with Exercise?

(a) Heart pounding, (b) out of breath, (c) muscles tired, (d) altered perception of time. One of these experiences is NOT what I would typically associate with exercise… until recently, that is. Any guesses which?I’d just finished an evening run, and was driving back home from the trail with some of my favorite music playing. [...]

Adapted Lessons vs. Music Therapy: What’s the Difference?

As a Music Therapist, I (along with many others, I’m sure) often hear the following question: “So, what do you do? Do you teach music to your clients?” And while Music Therapy most often looks different than what would be called a “music lesson”, there are certainly situations in which the teaching of a new [...]

5 Dos and Don’ts for Advocacy in the Community

DO validate a person’s perceived idea of music therapy. Hear me out… the quickest way for someone to shut down in a conversation about music therapy is to immediately negate their perception of our field. How many times have you caught yourself saying “well actually....”? Try to sincerely validate one’s perception before diving into conversation [...]

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Music Therapy and iPods

A few weeks ago, Sam and I had the honor of traveling to St. Simons Island to attend the Georgia Health Care Association’s Annual Social Worker’s Meeting. We were invited to this conference to view the film, Alive Inside, with the conference attendees, and we presented immediately after about the benefits of music therapy for patients [...]

Thank you, Dr. Sacks

Written by Kally Ramminger, LPMT, MT-BC I’ve watched the music therapy community mourn the death of Dr. Oliver Sacks over the past week. His legacy will live on forever, as he has helped so many people throughout the years understand the power that music has on one’s brain. Equally important, he also taught us the importance [...]