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Music Therapy Fun Facts!

 

Music therapy is an often foreign profession to many and is usually followed up with the question, “What is music therapy and how does it work?.” The field continues to grow nationwide. We take pride in explaining our awesome career and love to see the look on peoples faces when they better understand what we do. Here are a few fun facts about music therapy!

1. Over 1.6 million people served each year

Music therapists around the world have the privilege of serving over 1.6 million people per year in numerous settings. This number continues to increase annually thanks to media coverage, word of mouth, and research. We look forward to watching this number rise in the years to come!

2.  Music therapy is an accredited healthcare profession

The music therapy profession began in the 1940’s when musicians were providing music for soldiers experiencing emotional and physical traumas. Since then, the field of music therapy has grown tremendously and requires schooling, training, and certification.

To become a professional music therapist, one must hold a bachelor’s degree as well as complete a clinical internship followed by 1200 clinical hours of post-internship work. Once completed, music therapists are eligible to sit for the national board exam to become a credentialed professional. Some states also require individual state licensure to practice music therapy.

3. No client musical background or training is necessary

All music therapy sessions are centered around the client and their talents and abilities. Our goal is to focus the musical experience around the client while fully being involved and enjoying the process of music-making. Music therapists design the sessions to ensure the client is successful in all capacities despite musical training or background. No matter the musical preference or understanding, music therapy can have a healing effect on all. People often state that they “aren’t musicians,” but we all have an innate response to rhythm and music found in our bodies; our heart beat, breathing, walking…all rhythmic!

4. Music therapy can benefit all ages

From the NICU to hospice and palliative care, music therapy is available to all ages. Music therapy is often stereotyped toward children only. Although true, we provide services to SO many other populations! We can be found in eldercare facilities, school settings, mental health facilities, adult day programs, and medical facilities just to name a few. We are proud to serve all ages and needs here at MMT!

5. Music therapy is evidence-based and research-supported

Music therapy is a fun, non-invasive tool to achieve therapeutic goals. Music therapy can benefit us spiritually, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Music therapists reference evidence-based research to determine the best possible interventions to use to effectively meet the individualized needs of our clients. This research allows us to continue growing as a profession and share the effectiveness with other professions, treatment team members, and individuals we encounter.

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) contains information on accessing research articles and other details regarding music therapy as a profession on their website. Googling “music therapy” will also give various resources toward current research, real-life stories, and information regarding its effectiveness backed by science.

 

A Pandemic of Grief

One year ago the Covid-19 pandemic startled the world. With over 30 million cases recorded to date, the pandemic has caused a drastic shift in our everyday living. Will life ever be “normal” again? While that question still remains, one thing is known; grief has impacted all of our lives in some way.

Grief is defined as “the natural response to losing someone or something that is important to you.” Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, grief also has physical, behavioral, cognitive, cultural, social, spiritual and philosophical dimensions as well. Losses such as a loved one, financial and job related losses, the feeling of normalcy, social and familial interaction, and certain freedoms we may have taken for granted have caused grief to be present in our current lives. Anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness are all common symptoms that can accompany grief.

While this is still a difficult time for many, Metro Music Therapy is here to provide ongoing support and comfort. Our experienced staff understand the difficulty and uniqueness of each circumstance faced by our clients. Metro recognizes that grief has no timeline and that your feelings and thoughts are valid. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know are interested in our grief and loss services, please visit the contact tab on our website to fill out our client intake form. You can also call us at 404.510.3799 if you have any further questions.

 

MMT is Expanding!

Metro Music Therapy has served the metro Atlanta area for almost 14 years … and we are thrilled to announce that we are now also serving the state of North Carolina! We will be providing in-person and telehealth services for clients and facilities in the Triangle and Triad areas.

If you are interested in partnering with us to bring music therapy to your loved one or to the clients of your facility, please reach out and let us know!

We can’t wait to begin serving you, North Carolina!

Exceptional Children’s Week Recap

The Metro Music Therapy team recently participated in the Simpson Elementary School Exceptional Children’s Week on March 1-5, 2021! The week was comprised of fun, inclusive activities across multiple domains for students. Monday, March 1st was “Music Monday” and our team had the honor of providing a thirty-minute, interactive video for students of all ages.

Students were able to sing Hello and Goodbye songs, play percussion instruments, sing an animal-themed song, and engage in movement activities with all Metro team members. Although Covid-19 prohibited us from seeing the participants smiling faces in person, it didn’t stop us from having fun together! We love what we do and were ecstatic that Simpson Elementary thought of us during this exceptional week!

Check out our Hello song here!

World Music Therapy Day!

Happy World Music Therapy Day! We, at Metro Music Therapy, are excited to be celebrating a day dedicated to the profession we are so passionate about. Music therapy is an often misunderstood field that has steadily been gaining more attention and recognition over the years thanks to word of mouth, evidence-based research, and media coverage.

The field of music therapy began post World Wars I and II when musicians volunteered to play for veterans experiencing physical turmoil and emotional distress. After watching the noticeable difference of the veterans responses, musicians were being requested consistently. It quickly became obvious that some sort of training program needed to be created to meet every individual’s needs appropriately. In 1944, Michigan State University established the first collegiate music therapy program. Since then, programs across the country have continued to soar.

Music therapy has evolved over the course of 70+ years with more than 36 populations served. Music therapists are able to provide services across the lifespan. You can find a music therapist in a medical/healthcare setting, a school system, Veterans Affairs facility, rehabilitation setting, correctional facility, and private practice setting such as Metro Music Therapy to name a few. If you or your company are interested in starting services with MMT, our website homepage lists and describes all populations that we serve.

Our skilled Metro team provides high quality services with positivity. Empathy, honesty, transparency, warmth, fun, and genuine connection with others describes what drives our team to be our best.

So, Happy World Music Therapy Day! A celebration of sharing the love of what we do – all thanks to YOU!

February Newsletter Out Now!

Hey Metro friends! Check out our latest monthly newsletter and new, stylish logo! Each month we share exciting happenings at Metro Music Therapy. A few February highlights include…

  • A newly hired Metro team member
  • A fun, interactive beginner ukulele class for adults led by Metro’s own, Bailey Hunt
  • An upcoming Metro Music Therapy Virtual Lunch & Learn event for professionals

Be sure to visit our website for more information! You can access February’s newsletter below.

Click here to read!

 

2021-02-28T16:01:51+00:00February 26th, 2021|Blog, For the Music Therapist, MT Advocacy, Music Therapy, news|

Why Music?

One of the strengths that music holds is that it can encourage, uplift and support. It can and does at times remind us of better days ahead and that we have the internal strength to get to those better days.

But I also believe that, unlike most other things in this world, music has the power to meet us where we are in the dark and deeply sorrowful places. It validates our feelings and acknowledges them without the push to also remind us of the good ahead. Music can just sit with us, free of judgement and opinion, and instead of saying, “this too shall pass,” say, “this hurts so much.”

The power and science behind music therapy comes from knowing what we need from music and when.

We are with you, and we are for you. Let us know how we can help you.

Welcome Daisy!

Metro Music Therapy is excited to introduce our newest music therapy intern!

“My name is Daisy Myers and I am a recent graduate from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC! I was born and raised in Georgia and have loved every minute of being a Georgia Peach.

I love football, traveling, sunshine, and music, of course. I’m so excited to be a part of the MMT team as the introduction into my music therapy career!”

Welcome, Daisy!! We are so thrilled you have joined our team for the next 6 months!

Be the One …

Our founder, Mallory, recently shared this story about her father:

“Music was the way in which my father experienced, interacted with, and related to the world around him. It was common practice for him to ask us to sit down and listen to a song with him; his timing was always terrible, actually, so if we ignored his request, which we often did, he’d just turn the song on so loudly that you had no choice but to hear it throughout the house.

One of the many, many things he taught me, and that I will always carry with me, is that if someone asks you to listen to a song because it’s meaningful to them, be the one who will.”

And this is our promise to you: we will listen to you, with you, and for you.

MT Internship & COVID-19

Hi everybody!

My name is Merideth and I’ve recently moved from the country roads of West Virginia to the sunny, peach state of Georgia to begin my six-month music therapy internship with Metro Music Therapy. Woohoo! If you told me a year (or even 6 months ago) that I’d be interning in the midst of a global pandemic, I wouldn’t have believed you. But, here I am!

As we all know, it’s been a challenge navigating the world of technology to still successfully “see” clients but through a new lens…or in this case, a screen. Thus far, the faces I’ve had the pleasure of meeting virtually are warm and welcoming. I’m sad I’m unable to see their smiles, give them hugs, and watch them make beautiful music in person. Hopefully, one day!

This experience has already differed from my school experience in the sense that I have multiple clients per day with different diagnoses compared to one client per week. While this is a bit of a challenge at the moment, I’ve already gained more knowledge than imagined just in the two short weeks of observation. I really am excited to continue growing personally and professionally. Metro Music Therapy has given me an amazing opportunity to learn from truly some of the best clinicians as well as amazing clients. I am blessed and ready to continue this journey! Stay tuned for updates. 🙂

Merideth McClain

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