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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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Music to Keep Kids on Task: For Therapists, Parents and Teachers

Music to Keep Kids on Task: For Therapists, Parents and Teachers

By Catherine Nielsen, MT-BC, Catherine is the founder, and director of The Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute, home educator, teacher, therapist, mother of two. Our topic today applies to anyone working with young children. I have worked as a music therapist professionally for almost 10…

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Finding our Place in Music Therapy Advocacy

Finding our Place in Music Therapy Advocacy

By Bree Beynon, MT-BC, NMT Happy Social Media Advocacy Month!  Hopefully you have seen the hashtag #MTAdvocacy floating around on our social media.  Using hashtags is a great way to connect ideas in our social media savvy society but what does it mean?  The phrase…

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52 weeks of session themes for Seniors: 1st Quarter

52 weeks of session themes for Seniors: 1st Quarter

By Bree Beynon, MT-BC, NMT Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed your holidays and are easing back into reality.  This post is a long one; you may want to bookmark this or print it out for your materials.  Either way, I hope it is…

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“Getting to Know You” With Joseph Kim!

“Getting to Know You” With Joseph Kim!

By Karen House, M.S., MT-BC As we turn our calendars to December and reflect on our year, I can’t help but smile at how amazing 2015 has been for the Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute. We’ve had exciting additions to our staff, memorable moments in…

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