Celebrating Black History Month, Motown-style

February is Black History Month in the United States, and perhaps the biggest celebration will be at the White House next week. President Obama will be hosting a concert celebrating the legacy of Motown Records, with performers to include Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, and the venerable Smokey Robinson himself. I think…

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Song spotlight: “Home on the Range”

Home on the Range - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

Today is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the state of Kansas, and having been born and raised in several towns and cities in this state, I am pretty excited to be celebrating the sesquicentennial! In honor of this momentous occasion, I wanted to spotlight a favorite song of many folks, Kansans and non-Kansans…

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Make It Multi-Sensory

We all expect to hear music during music therapy sessions, of course, but one of the best things about music therapists is that we also know the importance of facilitating experiences that draw together all of the senses. Music therapists especially learn the importance of integrating visual and touch stimuli in music therapy sessions with…

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Song spotlight: “Button Up Your Overcoat”

Button up your overcoat - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

The temperatures are below freezing here in the Kansas City area, and there is snow and ice on the ground. Thus, our theme song for the week: “Button Up Your Overcoat.” The song starts out with these lyrics: Button up your overcoat when the wind is free Take good care of yourself – you belong…

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Self-disclosure: How much should I share?

Since I am returning to music therapy practice after two months of maternity leave, one clinical issue that I have thought about a lot recently is the issue of self-disclosure. I have had some major events happen in my personal life, and it is sometimes tricky to figure out how much of my personal life to…

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