Key Questions: What to add to your assessment

Key Questions: What to add to your assessment

Assessments are an important step in the therapy process. Depending upon our setting and our clients, we often look at: Musical interests and responses; Spiritual needs; Communication skills; Cognitive function; Physical mobility; and Socialization. The information...
How I get more from a song

How I get more from a song

Learning repertoire is an ongoing process as a music therapist. Some songs you use a lot, some seasonally, and some are rare requests. Over the years, a few special requests have become personal favorites. Others I file away hoping it will be a long time until they...
A reality check for music therapist

A reality check for music therapist

Reality check: an occasion when someone must consider the unpleasant truth about something rather than trying to ignore it.  – Cambridge Dictionaries Online Reality checks are not fun. But, they serve an important function. They connect us with the truth. If you...
5 tools that will save you time

5 tools that will save you time

Time – there never seems to be enough. Putting all the sessions and the prep on the calendar quickly fills the time. Then there are all the “should-a’s”. I should: Read my music therapy journals Practice Learn a new song Complete a continuing...
Food songs from the garden

Food songs from the garden

Picking food from the garden (or the local Farmer’s Market) and preparing for a meal can be a pleasure. The flavor of foods picked at the point of freshness and not being picked so they arrive at market at a point of freshness can make a big difference in...
Cool drinks – Conversations and songs

Cool drinks – Conversations and songs

Cool drinks on a warm summer’s day. Is there anything better? Many years ago, I was employed as a nursing home activity director in central Florida. The residents loved to congregate near the nurses station which was by my office. It afforded me an opportunity...