Music Therapy Activities Wiki
What music therapist has never been out of ideas and googled “Music Therapy Activities”? Our prayers have been answered…
MusicTherapyActivities.Wikia.com is an encyclopedic collection of therapeutic music activities…
Why We Shouldn't Try to Prove that Music Therapy Works
Food for thought…
I have heard many times this idea that we know that what we do works, but we need evidence to convince others who don’t believe so easily. I’d like to suggest that we think of it differently, because I think that view will not only hold us back, but is in fact dangerous to clients we work with. Research should be for the sake of our clients, not for the sake of others’ acceptance. It is to provide information so that music therapists can best work with clients, ensuring that what we do works and is beneficial for them.
Can music have harmful effects?
Music therapists are working toward state recognition of our profession. Part of the struggle is proving that harm can be done to clients without the in-depth and professional training that music therapists receive through university programs. Not just anyone can provide music therapy.
This is a great video from Lillieth Grand, MT-BC in which she shares about a patient who was harmed from music given without the insight of a music therapist.
The power and healing of music. WOW. Just WOW. This is why we do it.
While this woman is not a music therapist, she is definitely using some of the same techniques we use! The results are beautiful and amazing. This video shows the importance of all three of the major relationships in music therapy: therapist-client, client-music, and therapist-music.
How should I approach a music therapy major if my school doesn't offer it? Do I transfer? Do I become a Psychology major with a music minor?
If you’re in the US, you have a couple of different options. You can either transfer to a school with music therapy or become some type of music major at your current school, finish your undergraduate degree there, and then go to graduate school for music therapy. If you choose the second option, you will have to find a school that offers a music therapy equivalency program (typically a 3 year graduate program) so that you can take both the undergraduate and graduate classes necessary for a MT degree. The American Music Therapy Association’s website should have a list of accredited/approved schools offering music therapy degrees. Just go to musictherapy(.)org, go to “Education & Careers,” select “Schools Offering Music Therapy,” and follow the directions from there. Keep in mind that if you transfer, depending on how far into your schooling you are and what your current major is (and what credits do or don’t transfer to the second school), it may take longer than you would expect to graduate.
If you are outside of the US, I am not familiar with the processes of other countries. Molly would know about the Canadian side of things, so if that is closer to what you need, feel free to send us another message!
I hope this helps, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have more questions!
Five Ways To Get More From Your Child’s Therapists
Interesting read from a therapy mother’s point of view. Many music therapists work with private clients like this mom and her son and we can be reminded about our clients’ lives outside of our sessions.
Full blog post can be found by clicking link or picture.
I’m based out of the Chicagoland area and just saw this event! Decided I’m going as soon as I saw that it’s held on a Sunday. It’s so nice to have the change to collaborate with other creative arts therapies. Anyone else in Chicago?
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