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Running and Music: How can music help you during your runs?

By L. Samuel Gracida | May 31, 2021

Do you ever listen to music when you run? What is your favorite running music? Why does listening to music when we run seem to help? 

Rhythm is a very important element to understanding why music can help during a run. You are probably very aware of how your mind and body react to rhythm.

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Music and Meditation: How Can Music Aid Your Meditation Practice?

By L. Samuel Gracida | May 21, 2021

Learn more about meditation and music in honor of World Meditation Day! World Meditation Day happens each year on May 21st. Its inception is uncertain but one thing we can assure you: it does not hurt to celebrate it! On the contrary, meditation has a lot of benefits. Read on to learn more about these benefits,

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12 Individual Populations that Music Therapists Can Help

By L. Samuel Gracida | April 28, 2021

Perhaps you already know that music therapy is great. You may also already know how music therapy with seriously ill children works. But, did you know that music therapy can also help people individual populations that range from the military to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the elderly, and more? 

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What is World Art Day and how can you celebrate it?

By L. Samuel Gracida | April 15, 2021

Happy World Art Day! World Art Day, a celebration to promote the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art, was proclaimed at the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2019. We think this is a very important commemoration as we recognize how the arts give voice to people in all walks of life and they also bring healing,

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Music, music therapy and trauma

By L. Samuel Gracida | March 26, 2021

Music has been used to address the impact of trauma for millennia. In this blog post I will introduce the work of music therapy in trauma contexts. First I will introduce the topic of trauma and the characteristics of diagnostics such as PTSD. Then I will report on some of the literature related to music therapy and trauma.

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5 Ideas to Celebrate World Music Therapy Day

By L. Samuel Gracida | March 1, 2021

March 1st is World Music Therapy Day! At Sam’s Fans, we support music therapy for seriously ill children, so of course this is a day we want to celebrate with you. Music therapy is a relatively new profession, particularly in many countries around the world. Today is a chance to come together with professionals around the world to celebrate the power of music therapy.

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10 Art Therapy Quotes That You Will Love

By L. Samuel Gracida | February 15, 2021

People are loving our blog post on music therapy quotes! Therefore we decided to bring you a post on 10 quotes about art therapy that you will love. These art therapy quotes come from artists, art therapists, and art lovers. 
Hope you enjoy these 10 art therapy quotes! 

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child's mental health through music

3 Ways Music Can Impact Your Child’s Mental Health Positively

By L. Samuel Gracida | January 28, 2021

Music has a strong influence on our mental health. Maybe you can recall how music made you feel a bit better when you were down. Or perhaps it helped you express your emotions when other ways of expressing them did not help. This is the same case for children, as music can influence your child’s mental health positively.

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5 Examples of How Music Brought Joy to People in 2020

By L. Samuel Gracida | January 12, 2021

The pandemic that started last year and continues to rage on has affected many aspects of our lives. Perhaps one of the industries that has been hardest hit is the performing arts. All the restrictions that have been necessary this year have all but canceled live music worldwide for months at a time. Yet, music is so essential to our human experience that the cancellation of live music has meant anything but the cancellation of music itself….

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Why Nursing? – Sam’s Best Friend Kyra Baker

By L. Samuel Gracida | September 8, 2020
Table of Contents

Why Nursing?How I Discovered Nursing:My Nursing Journey: Where I am now:

Why Nursing?

Sam was my best friend. I was really lucky to be able to call her that because she was the best friend anyone could ask for. She was kind, funny,…

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