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Why You Will Never See Me on American Idol

Why You Will Never See Me on American Idol

By Elisa Aven, M.M., MT-BC Last week, I had yet another beautiful music therapy session with one of my elderly hospice patients at a skilled nursing facility. This patient, who I will refer to as Ethel, has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, however, she has…

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A Piece of Peace

A Piece of Peace

White walls, cold temperatures, screaming neighbors and people constantly running around.  Where is this magical place?  A nursing facility.  All are very unique, yet it is still difficult to find peace within these walls.  There are constant beeps and bells.  There’s always a nurse or…

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Music and Healthy Relationships: The power of music therapy in human connection

Music and Healthy Relationships: The power of music therapy in human connection

By Catherine Nielsen, MT-BC In all of the years I’ve spent as a music therapist, I will never forget a little boy who had difficulty with connection and relationships. His goals for music therapy were to improve academic skills, facilitate social interaction, including eye contact…

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Abandoning the Plan: A “Type A” Music Therapist’s Experiences with Recognizing and Accepting the Need to Adapt on the Spot

Abandoning the Plan: A “Type A” Music Therapist’s Experiences with Recognizing and Accepting the Need to Adapt on the Spot

By Elisa Aven, M.M., MT-BC First of all, I am going to take this opportunity to out myself as a control freak. I need structure, plans, schedules, routines, and pretty little calendars outlining all of the events in my day in order to keep me…

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M(om)T-BC: How to be Both

M(om)T-BC: How to be Both

By Sarah Sparrow, MT-BC The privilege of bringing life into the world is a gift that is impossible to describe justly in words. For MT-BCs, this also introduces a series of interesting career decisions. I originally wanted to work part-time after my son was born….

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Evernote: Hitting the right notes with music therapists

Evernote: Hitting the right notes with music therapists

By Karen House, M.S., MT-BC For me, organization is a desired but not-often-achieved skill. My typical style of cleaning is to move all the junk into one room and close the door. As a music therapist without a documentation program, I found it difficult to…

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Coping with the Holidays:  When it’s not the most wonderful time of the year

Coping with the Holidays: When it’s not the most wonderful time of the year

By Laura-Elena Truong, MT-BC, MSW Holiday songs. Festively decorated storefronts. Cheerful exchanges of “Happy Holidays.” For many people, Thanksgiving to New Year’s is the “most wonderful time of the year” with family, friends and community. However, others dread annual holidays, particularly the “firsts”. The first…

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Slides from AMTA Conference Presentations

Slides from AMTA Conference Presentations

The wait is over! Here are the slides (in PDF format) from our presentations: “Starting and Marketing Your Music Therapy Practice” and “Talking the Talk: Networking and Music Therapy”. Stay tuned for documentation and contract samples! PBMTI Starting & Marketing Slideshow PBMTI Networking Slideshow (slides…

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PBMTI’s ‘Palm Beach Illustrated’ Interview

PBMTI’s ‘Palm Beach Illustrated’ Interview

PBMTI was honored to be featured in Palm Beach Illustrated magazines Health and Wellness section this Fall!  A huge thank you for PBI for sharing our story with your readers!  

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Take a Music Therapy Test Drive!

Take a Music Therapy Test Drive!

Have you heard about music therapy but not quite sure what it is or how it would fit into your organization/program?  You wouldn’t buy a car or outfit without trying it on so why commit to a music therapy program without experiencing the benefits first! …

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