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Soothing the soul: Music therapy helps the seriously ill

Soothing the soul: Music therapy helps the seriously ill

Music was always important to the late Kim Van Horn. A trained vocalist, Kim sang at weddings and other engagements, and as a young adult she auditioned for a Philadelphia opera company. “Singing is something I’ve always loved to do,” she said in a Health…

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Singing in the brain: Therapist uses music’s patterns to help patients

Singing in the brain: Therapist uses music’s patterns to help patients

Standing behind her piano, music therapist Cheryl Jones flips through her folder of vocal exercises and slowly plays a five-note musical scale as her client sings “mah” and “wah” sounds in time to the beat from his wheelchair seated beside her. It has been a…

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Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy

Tiny preemies get a boost from live music therapy

Another great article about music therapy and NICU patients/families has emerged! Check it out.. CHICAGO (AP) — As the guitarist strums and softly sings a lullaby in Spanish, tiny Augustin Morales stops squirming in his hospital crib and closes his eyes. This is therapy in…

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Can cellphone ring tones be ‘music therapy’?

Can cellphone ring tones be ‘music therapy’?

This week I had a very positive session with a fairly young woman living with metastatic cancer. In her mid 50’s, “Ms. M” was very capable of operating her very smart phone (although the ultra sensitive touch pad was become a challenge with her increasingly…

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Music therapy and stroke survivors

Music therapy and stroke survivors

One of my favorite populations to work with is stroke survivors (not victims, survivors). There are so many opportunities for cognitive, social and physical gain that improved quality of life is almost guaranteed. Over years of music therapy sessions I have witnessed those living with…

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Music Therapy and Premature Babies

Music Therapy and Premature Babies

There has been a lot in the news lately about the benefits of music therapy with premature babies.  Here is a great video featuring a family music therapy session on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Click here for another great article on music therapy and…

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Corporate Drum Circle: Employee Picnic Style

Corporate Drum Circle: Employee Picnic Style

Drum circles can occur in all shapes and sizes!  Last weekend, PBMTI conducted a large corporate drum circle for the employees of a local electronics company and their families during an annual summer picnic.  A group of over 50 participants gathered under a tent, chose from a variety…

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When your best friend is a music therapist…

When your best friend is a music therapist…

..you may have an original song instead of a traditional ‘Maid of Honor’ toast at your reception…and your guests may be required to sing along… 🙂 Check it out!

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Music Therapy Meets Pop Culture

Music Therapy Meets Pop Culture

Last week on the popular show “American Idol” a finalist, Kree, was featured visiting a children’s hospital and shadowing NICU Music Therapist and AMTA member, Tacy Pillow, MMT, MT-BC. Watch the video and see how Kree was affected by the family music therapy session she…

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Calling all South Florida Music Therapy Professionals!

Calling all South Florida Music Therapy Professionals!

It’s time for Happy Hour! Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute (PBMTI) invites you to join us for an evening of networking, free food and drinks and good times!  Get together with fellow music therapists from Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Martin Counties; catch up with…

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