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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Two Thomas Dorseys

I have to start this post with a confession. A while ago, I had a music therapy client request the song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” I had known the song for a while, but when I looked up the lyrics this time around, I noticed that the composer listed was Thomas Dorsey. “Huh,” I…

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Song Spotlight: “The Hallelujah Chorus”

Hallelujah Chorus - Song Spotlight |

Perhaps one of the most familiar pieces of classical choral music is the “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah. We often hear this chorus performed around Easter and Christmas (and sometimes at comical lightbulb moments in movies and sitcoms). The first time I performed the “Hallelujah Chorus” was as a high school freshman playing oboe in the…

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The Power of a Song: “The Beautiful Garden of Prayer”

The Beautiful Garden of Prayer - Song Spotlight |

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in the United States, so in reading a lot of recent posts and articles on the subject, I have been thinking a lot about how music therapy contributes to the care of patients at the end of life. In my work in hospice, perhaps the most frequent…

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