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Toys! Distraction – Inspiration – Exploration

Toys! Distraction – Inspiration – Exploration

By Jackie Vilca, MT-BC In working with children, a common theme that happens in sessions is that toys are present in the room. This may be because the room houses these toys, or the child brought their toys with them into the session. I have…

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5 Tips for Music Therapists working with Spanish-Speaking Elders

5 Tips for Music Therapists working with Spanish-Speaking Elders

by Annie Sandigo, MT-BC It can be pretty intimidating when you encounter clients that speak a different language than yourself, especially if they don’t speak any English..When you can’t communicate with your clients, it might feel like a huge road block. That the therapeutic relationship…

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Twelve Steps: A Musical Exploration

Twelve Steps: A Musical Exploration

By Ali Sailer, MT-BC, CAP This blogpost is a musical exploration of the Twelve Steps as utilized by people in recovery from various types of addiction and is the expression of two desires: First, my desire to share a potential session idea with other music…

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OOPS…..I lost my voice

OOPS…..I lost my voice

By Abby Landau, MT-BC, NICU-MT We’ve all gone through it.  The tickle in the back of the throat, the cough that we can’t kick, and then the dreaded morning when you wake up realizing that you have lost your best tool as a music therapist. …

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Nostalgia: A Soundtrack to Your Life

Nostalgia: A Soundtrack to Your Life

By Ali Sailer, MT-BC Nostalgia is a recurring theme in my experience with music therapy in addiction recovery. What is nostalgia? Is it healthy or harmful? What role does it play for recovering alcoholics and addicts? I am 12 years old, in seventh grade. I…

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Ali’s Ten Tried & True

Ali’s Ten Tried & True

Ali Sailer, MT-BC Looking for session ideas? Check out this list of tried and true music therapy activities for clients in addiction recovery. Some ideas are original. Most are adapted from various sources that eventually wound up inside my music therapy toolbox. Enjoy! Let It…

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Music and Relationships

Music and Relationships

By Bree Gordon, MT-BC I want to start this post by stating that my experience with creating and maintaining relationships will likely not look the same for everyone.  I recognize that the way someone interacts with others is unique to that person.   While the…

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Reflections on Music Therapy and Recovery

Reflections on Music Therapy and Recovery

By Ali Sailer, MT-BC As I approach my two-year anniversary of practicing music therapy with PBMTI this week, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on my experiences as a music therapist working in addiction recovery. What an incredible journey! The last two years have stretched…

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Full-time MT-BC position available!

Full-time MT-BC position available!

It is with MUCH excitement that I announce a full-time opening at PBMTI! We are looking for a creative and self-motivated board certified music therapist to join our growing team of 11 full/part-time staff members and contractors.   Applicant must 1) be willing to travel…

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More Than Your Average Music Lady

More Than Your Average Music Lady

By Elisa Aven, M.M., MT-BC             As a traveling music therapist, I often encounter residents and family members in various facilities who see my guitar on my back and immediately assume that I am there to perform. Even when observing my work in action, it…

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