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?…Read More
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:
Wow! What unique times we are all living through right now. Music therapists across the country,…
Music therapy can have an impact on a wide range of populations. It can help the elderly, specially those with dementia, it can help kids with burns, also children with autism, and premature babies in the NICU. And so much more! There is even one population you wouldn’t think of when you think of music therapy….Read More
Art therapy is an evidence-based treatment that utilizes a variety of art media and psychology based processes in order to reach therapeutic goals and improve overall quality of life. An art therapist is a board certified masters-level clinician who works with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Art Therapists value artistic expression as an avenue to better understand underlying psychological needs and to access personal history that is not available through verbal means alone….
Music therapy is as much an ineffable experience as it is something concrete and observable. We want to share with you six quotes about music therapy that perhaps provide a small window into what makes it so special and magical!
“(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness,…
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,…Read More
“The thing about improvisation is that it’s not about what you say. It’s listening to what other people say. It’s about what you hear.”
Music therapists employ all kinds of methods in their work. Whether their method is to play a song or to let the patient/client play an instrument, music therapists know how to use music to achieve a goal….
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….Read More
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,…
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….Read More