Sam's Fans Music and Art Therapy Blog

Perspectives on Music Therapy in Dementia Care

By Guest Blogger | October 28, 2019

Thank you to our guest blogger Brittany Scheer, MA, MT-BC from Living Music LLC for writing Perspectives on Music Therapy in Dementia Care! 

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Dementia Disorders WorldwideMusic Therapy in Dementia CareMusic ExperiencesClinical ExperienceConnectionReferences:

Dementia Disorders Worldwide
Dementia Disorders currently make up one of the largest health care epidemics in the world….

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Music Therapy for Children with Autism

By L. Samuel Gracida | October 22, 2019

Blog post written by music therapist Alyssa Graber, MME, MT-BC

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Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum DisorderMusic Therapy at Bridgeway AcademyWhat Does a Music Therapy Session Look Like at Bridgeway Academy?About Alyssa Graber

Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder
There are years of evidence to support the efficacy of music therapy with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),…

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Art Brings Color and Light To My Life

By L. Samuel Gracida | September 25, 2019

Thank you to Jennifer Rundberg for writing this blog post about art therapy! She’s the art therapist working at our partners The Center for Courageous Kids.
Art has always been a constant for me, and has been there to bring my life both color and light, as well as a feeling of empowerment and creativity. I have also seen how creating art brings others comfort,…

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Perspectives from a Music Therapy Student

By L. Samuel Gracida | September 2, 2019
[Post written by Sam’s Fans Music Therapy Scholarship Recipient Ellie Palmer]
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Music Therapy at Ohio UniversityMusic Therapy CurriculumA Sense of CommunityThis Year and Beyond

Music Therapy at Ohio University
Established in 1951, Ohio University’s Music Therapy Department is one of the oldest music therapy degree programs in the country and one of the few programs in Ohio….

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Story Time with Music and Art Therapy!

By L. Samuel Gracida | August 20, 2019

One of our favorite parts of Facebook live interviews is Story Time. Today we share stories from that section from two individuals. The first one tells us about Flying Horse Farms and how their music program has allowed for some beautiful moments of connection and growth. And the second one is Gina Roell, art therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center….

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My Music Therapy Internship in Colombia

By L. Samuel Gracida | August 12, 2019

Hello Sam’s Fans! This is Samuel Gracida, Sam’s Fans Operating Director. I wanted to share with you that I am currently in Bogota, Colombia doing a music therapy internship. This is part of the Master’s Program I’m doing on music therapy. For those of you who don’t know, I live in Heidelberg, Germany working my way through a two-year program….

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5 Misconceptions of What a Music Therapist Is

By Guest Blogger | July 29, 2019

Maryville University notes that there has been an increase in the demand for psychology expertise across different fields and businesses, especially with the newly recognized connection between mental health and brain development. Alongside art and dance therapy, music is an example of how artistic interventions promote wellbeing and help clients work through personal issues. That said,…

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Casting the Last Goodbye: Art Therapy In the Dying Process

By L. Samuel Gracida | July 18, 2019

Today’s blog post is written by Jackie Kolenz, an art therapist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s! Read about legacy-making in art therapy and how hand-casting can be a way to say goodbye to loved ones. If you want to learn more about our partnership with them, check it out here.
Helping pediatric patients and their families cope with a terminal illness is a difficult and sensitive issue….

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My visit to Dayton Children’s Hospital

By Nikki McCarthy | July 12, 2019

Last week I had the opportunity to visit one of our partners, Dayton Children’s Hospital.  What a gem we have just an hour away from my home in Columbus Ohio and the people in that community are so fortunate to have this institution so dedicated to helping treat their children.
My visit was definitely worth sharing!…

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Facebook Live Stories Part 1

By L. Samuel Gracida | June 3, 2019

Every Wednesday we host Facebook live interviews with music therapists, art therapists, and other Sam’s Fans. We have talked about various topics within the creative arts therapies, about our partnerships, and so much more. Usually my favorite part of the facebook live interviews are the stories at the end as I get to hear the stories (some weird,…

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