Sam's Fans Music and Art Therapy Blog

History of Music Therapy: From Antiquity to Today

By L. Samuel Gracida | July 28, 2018

Notions of music therapy go back thousands of years. We know about music in the pre-historic world thanks to the survival of Palaeolithic cave-paintings and flutes made of bone found in caves, dating back 35,000 years. What exactly did they use these instruments for? We might never know for sure, but we do know that people have used music both in their daily lives and in healing rituals for a long time….

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Music and Medicine: An Introduction

By L. Samuel Gracida | July 21, 2018

Music therapy is used in children hospitals all across the country. But what is the background and the evidence that music therapy does make a difference for these kids? We have heard the stories, and stories are just as important or sometimes even more so than simple numbers. But evidence is needed and music therapy does not shy away from it….

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Music Therapy Impact Story: Kiyana

By L. Samuel Gracida | July 16, 2018

From Jessica Bogacik, a music therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hospice and Home Based Palliative Care funded by Sam’s Fans, read this music therapy impact story:
“Kiyana is a 9 year old who has a condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which impacts the use of her voluntary muscles.  Kiyana was born with Type 1 SMA,…

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Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy?

By L. Samuel Gracida | June 27, 2018
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Many Can Benefit From Music Therapy

As we have explained before in our blog,…

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Listening to Live Music Can Be Therapeutic

By L. Samuel Gracida | May 23, 2018

We all know how it feels to go to a concert of your favorite artist. The exhillarating sensation of not just hearing, but also seeing and feeling the music is like nothing else. This points to the fact that hearing live music can be in a sense therapeutic. By therapeutic I mean that it can provide healing and/or development of our character and wellbeing….

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What it’s all about

By L. Samuel Gracida | May 15, 2018

Hello everybody! This is Samuel Gracida writing about Sam’s Fans mission! (I am Sam’s Fans new Operating Director, I even got business cards now with my new title!) I will try to write a blog post every Tuesday. And I’ll try my best so be on the lookout for that!
Today I wanted to reflect on our mission and all that is happening at Sam’s Fans….

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What is Art Therapy?

By Nikki McCarthy | February 7, 2018

In my first blog post I wrote about what music therapy is. Since I want to become a music therapist myself I was able to put that together quite easily. So now the next step is to write about art therapy. And even though I don’t know much about it I’ve done some research! And here is what I have found….

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What is Music Therapy?

By Nikki McCarthy | January 22, 2018

Music therapy is a relatively new field, but one worth knowing about. Music is central to our societies today as much as it was millennia ago. The survival of Palaeolithic cave-paintings and flutes made of bone suggests that people danced to some form of music. Cultures in the ancient world used music both in their daily lives and in healing rituals and methods….

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Guest blogger!

By Nikki McCarthy | January 17, 2018

Hi Sam’s Fans and Happy New Year!!
I want to introduce you to our new intern Samuel (pronounced Sam-well).  He is a student at Capital and will be sharing his experience and expertise through the blog for the next couple months while he works with us!  He will be helping with day to day Sam’s Fans stuff as well as getting to explore some actual music therapy sessions here and there.  …

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Charity Happy Hour with New Sam’s Fans!

By Nikki McCarthy | December 15, 2017

Happy Hannukah Sam’s Fans! The holidays are in full swing aren’t they?!
Hopefully you are following along with our 12 Days of Holiday Cheer.

It has been a lot of fun for us and I love all the fun graphics and ideas for ways to spread happiness.
Speaking of spreading happiness, Sam’s Fans was the benefactor of some serious holiday cheer the other night….

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