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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
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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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Telehealth music therapy bringing joy to kids in Ohio

By Guest Blogger | July 24, 2020

Thank you to Jessica Bogacik for sending us this report of the wonderful work she’s doing. Telehealth music therapy has helped her continue bringing joy to kids! Sam’s Fans, with your support, Jessica was able to do 62 visits and serve 19 families from April to June.

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Telehealth Music Therapy is a good option![]Challenges providing music therapy via videoCo-treatment with massage therapistRecent virtual visit

Telehealth Music Therapy is a good option!…

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Did You Know Art Therapy Helps Sick Children Feel Good?

By L. Samuel Gracida | July 14, 2020

Thank you to art therapist Gina Roell for writing this blog post on how art therapy can help sick children! 

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IntroductionThe Difference between Art and Art TherapyWhat Art Therapy Can DoSummarySources

Art therapy is a means of communication. It gives the patient another method of expression when words are not readily available….

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Five Forces That Have Influenced Music Therapy

By L. Samuel Gracida | June 29, 2020

Music therapy has developed as a profession and a discipline over many years. Similarly to any other profession, there are many factor that have influenced its development. Therefore, it is safe to say that music therapy does not look the same today as it did 50 years ago or even 10 years ago! What are these forces —as Leslie Bunt introduced them in his book Music Therapy: An Art Beyond Words—that have shaped and influenced music therapy?…

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Music and Medicine Conference (part 2)

By L. Samuel Gracida | June 23, 2020

Here is the second part of my experiences regarding the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM) Conference 2020. I have already written in part 1 about the webinars that took place during the first day of this music and medicine conference. Additionally for this post, I will be expanding and writing about the second day of the Conference!…

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Inspiration from Music and Medicine Conference

By L. Samuel Gracida | June 15, 2020
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Music and Medicine ConferenceSunil IyengarMoisès Fernández ViaFinding Harmony: The Music Response to COVID-19Lisa Wong, MDTod MachoverMarvin McMillen, MDConference Music

Music and Medicine Conference
The International Association for Music and Medicine is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! Along with this very important milestone,…

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How this Partnership Started Will Make Your Day

By L. Samuel Gracida | May 21, 2020

Thank you so much to Jill Boone, both for supporting Sam’s Fans through her project “Read for a Cause,” and for writing this blog post. 

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About Read for a CauseAbout Little G’s One Man BandWhy Sam’s Fans?Sam’s Fans and Read for a Cause Partnership

About Read for a Cause
Reading books with my two boys has always been one of my favorite things to do. …

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Music Therapy in the Age of Covid-19

By L. Samuel Gracida | May 7, 2020

*We want to start a discussion about how music therapy is adapting to the current situation with Covid-19. Hopefully we hear from you music therapists! If you are a music therapist and have something to share about your work, don’t miss the form at the end where you can share your thoughts with us.*

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How does music therapy in the age of Covid-19 look like?Jessica Bogacik –

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