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?…

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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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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….

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Introduction
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….

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Music therapy is as much an ineffable experience as it is something concrete and observable. We want to share with you six music therapy quotes that perhaps provide a small window into what makes it so special and magical! These music therapy quotes come from musicians, music therapists, psychologists, novelists, and more! Which one is your favorite?…

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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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“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.”
-Paul Merton
 
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….

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Music therapy is a relatively new profession. Certain countries in the world have recognized it as a discipline in the course of at least the last 70 years. Nevertheless, the idea of using music therapeutically might be as old as humanity itself. In this blog post, you can read a brief summary of the history of music therapy,…

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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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We all know how it feels to go to a concert of your favorite artist. The exhilarating 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 “therapeutic” (not to be mistaken with actual “therapy”).
In fact, a study by O2 and Patrick Fagan,…

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