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The “flow” of music

I just finished reading a book entitled, “Flow” by Dr. Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi, a psychologist.   The book included an entire section on The Flow of Music.

Dr. Csikszentimailhalyi says, “In every known culture, the ordering of sound in ways that please the ear has been used extensively to improve the quality of life.”  Perhaps the […]

WRAMTA Conference 2014

The WRAMTA Conference drew to a close this evening with a beautiful ceremony and great music.  Thank you to all the amazing music therapists who gave of their time to present the Western Region Conference of the American Music Therapy Association for 2014 in Portland, OR.  We don’t get to host regional or national […]

How to talk about music therapy: Lesson 4 Get ready for public speaking!

Got your name tag?

Compelling elevator sentence and follow up ready?

If so, it’s time to find an audience.  Yes, a real, live interactive audience that wants to hear what  you have to say.

Wait, I hate public speaking!!  It is, of course, one of the most feared things in life!  That rush of adrenaline, and the […]

How To Talk About Music Therapy Lesson 3: Wear a name tag

Several months ago, I attended a networking event for people working seniors. There were 50 or so people in attendance from Adult Family Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, nursing homes, financial companies, insurance brokers, nurses, hospice workers, and the like. One of the first people to approach me, the newbie at the meeting, was a […]

How To Talk About Music Therapy, Lesson 2

In my last post, How to talk about music therapy, lesson 1, I encouraged you to make a commitment to yourself to just do it — just start talking to whomever will listen.

I can already hear some of you thinking, “But what do I say?”  Has anyone else experienced that moment of panic when […]

How to talk about music therapy, Lesson 1

For the past year or so since I became a board-certified music therapist and founded my private practice, I have been searching out every opportunity to talk about music therapy to whomever will listen.  I practice in the city of Vancouver, Washington, USA.  There are several registered music therapists who no longer practice, and […]