For Music Therapists

Lessons Learned From A Sprained Ankle

Sprained Foot, ankle injury fixed by Doctor

Earlier this week, I was picking up some children’s Tylenol from CVS for my feverish first grader. Her little sister (age 3) was unhappy that I wouldn’t let her buy candy, too, which necessitated me carrying her out of the store. A distracted, crying preschooler in arms, I stepped off the curb wrong and ended…

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5 Lessons From Building A B2B Practice

Did you know there are two main kinds of doing business? This is one of those basic business concepts we didn’t learn in our music therapy programs, but it’s an important one to understand if you are planning to build your career in private practice, as a music therapy business owner. Some of us work…

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Running a B2C Business

5 Lessons Learned from running a B2C business

This is a guest post from my colleague and friend Mary Altom, MT-BC, of Music Therapy Kids. Enjoy! Fellow Biz Owners Raise Your Hand Anybody else out there also a music therapy business owner? It happened to me by serendipitous accident. I have worked in special education in schools since the beginning of my music…

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Alert! MT Rant Ahead

Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC in 2016

This article originally appeared on the blog of Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC at MusicWorksPublications.com. ALERT: RANT AHEAD! The time has arrived for me to share some very strong opinions with my music therapy colleagues and other professionals who provide services for the elderly. Because I was born in 1951, I am now officially a “senior…

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New Humorous Verses for "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"

If you’ve been around eldercare for a while, you’ve probably heard the song “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Despite the fact that this song, published in 1910, is older that almost all of the clients we serve, it remains a popular choice, simply because many, many people know the melody and the words. In terms…

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Top 10 Songs About The Weather

I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but here in the Midwest, the weather is a popular topic of discussion. It doesn’t matter whether it’s rainy, snowy, or a perfectly sunny day – the weather is a pretty reliable conversation starter. Here’s a collection of 10 songs about the weather,…

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Top 10 Rules To Break In Music Therapy Groups In Senior Living

As diligent students, we music therapists graduate from our programs and become board-certified with certain ideas of how things should work in music therapy sessions. But of course, music therapists work with people, and with human beings, there is an exception to every rule. As I’ve matured as a clinician, I have gained flexibility in…

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The Orchestra In Your Nursing Home

Do you have a symphony living in your nursing home? The answer might surprise you. I recently read a research article that explored the metaphor of a grand orchestra for describing a music therapy group. This group included participants with early- to mid-stage dementia. What I learned helps to explain how music therapy works for people…

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Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

Music Speaks | soundscapingsource.com

Many years ago now, I was an undergraduate studying music therapy, and my roommates and I decided it would be a great idea to write out famous quotations on construction paper and attach them to a wall – for an inexpensive, inspirational decoration, you know? Of all the quotations that I read and re-read while…

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Resource Review: "Then Sings My Soul"

Here are a couple of books that every music therapist, chaplain, activity director, and caregiver who uses music in their work will want on their shelf. Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan tells the stories of 300 Christian hymns, from the “The Lord Bless You…

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