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Comforting the Bereaved

Comforting the Bereaved

By Elisa Aven M.M., MT-BC Grief is a complicated and painful emotion. It is universal in that we as humans will inevitably all experience some type of loss in our lives, however, the grief experience is unique to each individual. Throughout my work as a…

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Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs

By Karen House, M.S., MT-BC Working with children on the Autism spectrum, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how amazing I think my session plan is, sometimes it just doesn’t go as expected. There can be any number of factors in a child’s day that…

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Why Music Therapy Works at Camp

Why Music Therapy Works at Camp

As a hospice music therapist, my colleagues and I always looked forward to that one weekend a year when we would get a chance to step out of the hospitals and nursing homes and share music with grieving children at the annual bereavement camp.  This…

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Confessions of a Music Therapy Newb

Confessions of a Music Therapy Newb

By Ali Sailer, MT-BC Nearing the end of my first month as a board-certified music therapist at PBMTI, I have accumulated plenty of thoughts and feelings which I will reflect on in this brief blog post for the benefit of anyone who would like to…

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A Day in the Life of a MT-BC

A Day in the Life of a MT-BC

By Bree Beynon, MT-BC The fact that I now can’t get the Beatles “A Day in the Life” out of my head should give you a small idea of where this blog is heading.  Prepare to enter the busy mind and schedule of a musician/clinician/business…

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The Less “Happy” Aspects of Memorial Day

The Less “Happy” Aspects of Memorial Day

By Shashanna Orellano, MM, MT-BC Happy Memorial Day!  A day off, a celebration of the start of summer, sales and discounts, barbecue, beach, adult beverages.  These are the associations we civilians have of Memorial Day.  But, for Veterans, Memorial Day often means something very different. …

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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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