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Perspectives on Music Therapy in Dementia Care

Thank you to our guest blogger Brittany Scheer, MA, MT-BC from Living Music LLC for writing Perspectives on Music Therapy in Dementia Care! 
Dementia Disorders Worldwide
Dementia Disorders currently make up one of the largest health care epidemics in the world. There are 50 million people worldwide with a dementia disorder (Alzheimer’s being the largest type)….

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Music Therapy for Children with Autism

Blog post written by music therapist Alyssa Graber, MME, MT-BC
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), and the body of research only continues to grow. A Cochrane Review from 2014 looked at ten studies about music therapy with children with ASD,…

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Perspectives from a Music Therapy Student

[Post written by Sam’s Fans Music Therapy Scholarship Recipient Ellie Palmer]
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. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)….

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Story Time with Music and Art Therapy!

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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5 Misconceptions of What a Music Therapist Is

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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Facebook Live Stories Part 1

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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Hope in Harmony: Finding Healing Through Music

Hi Sam’s Fans!  This is Jennifer Yurkovich, music therapist from Columbus, Ohio, and owner of JAZY music therapy.  I know many of you followed Sam’s Fans posts this past winter about the ‘Hope in Harmony’ project and I wanted to take a moment to let you all know how that project turned out and to talk about our future plans for partnering with Cornerstone of Hope….

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Working with the Smallest of Patients: Music Therapy in the NICU

For centuries almost every culture around the globe has used music to help soothe and teach children. From singing lullabies to helping a child get to sleep to singing the ABC song to learn the alphabet, there are countless examples of music being used to foster learning and growth in children of all ages. But, how can music be used to promote development in the smallest and most fragile of patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit?…

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