*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.*
 
How does music therapy in the age of Covid-19 look like?…

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These are uncertain and scary times. Perhaps I have a good distraction, but I am doing relatively well although some days are harder than others.  I think I would venture to say that having been in a situation like this I kind of get it… except for the part where we have a pandemic.
We have been here. …

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Blog post written by guest music therapist Jessica Bogacik, MT-BC. Jessica is a Sam’s Fans-supported therapist offering music therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She wrote this blog post to tell us how she’s adapting to the situation with the coronavirus:
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Wow! What unique times we are all living through right now. Music therapists across the country,…

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Happy Birthday Sam!  Happy 22nd birthday!
 
Earlier last week I was with talking with a friend and I referred to the birthday saying we would be celebrating.  Celebrating.  She noticed that perhaps a year ago I would not have said it that way.  I might have been more like apprehensively awaiting it to pass, a few more years ago and it was likely called “dreading” the birthday. …

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Today’s blog post was written by Mandy McGlone, Nikki’s best friend and Sam’s Fans’ Associate Director.
 
Nikki and I are best friends from High School. To say that we have been through a lot together is an understatement. We’ve supported each other through new jobs and new houses. We’ve supported each other through bad boyfriends and bad 80’s hair.  …

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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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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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Many Can Benefit From Music Therapy

As we have explained before in our blog, music therapy is the use of music interventions by a credentialed professional to achieve individualized goals. So now let’s talk about who can benefit from music therapy. You obviously hear the most about music therapy being used for seriously ill children and their families from us….

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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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