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MT in Early Brain & Child Development

The American Academy of Pediatrics Initiative released in 2013 stems from continued research about the impact of early support and development on prevention of later health issues. The AAP Initiative, intended to transform pediatric practice, focuses on the first 1000 days of life as most critical in brain development. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, music therapist Dr. Becky Wellman talks about the parallels between the AAP Initiative and music therapy practice. She informally shares examples of ways in which music therapists working with children in their first three years often design music therapy interventions and sessions to encourage positive, interactive parenting and to address the five areas emphasized in the AAP Initiative, i.e., reading, rhyming, routine, reward, and relationship.


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MT with Foster Care Youth

Dr. Michael Zanders, an LPC and assistant professor of Music Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, began working with the child welfare system some years ago. Many of his recent publications and presentations focus on music therapy with foster care youth. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Zanders talks about his work with children and adolescents in the CPS foster system, and he provides an informal, brief review of his qualitative research examining the personal and musical lives of adolescents with foster care experience. This innovative research certainly has implications for music therapy research, theory, and practice for adolescents in foster care, a promising new field of practice for music therapists.


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The A Cappella Voice

Every music therapist uses their voice in clinical work whether it is humming to an infant in the NICU or adjusting the timbre and intonation of a speaking voice in verbal processing. Because music therapists do not always receive specific vocal training for using the voice as a clinical instrument, Elizabeth Schwartz found it necessary to create some basic, practical tips and techniques for helping music therapy students find and expand their own clinical voice. She shares some examples in this AMTA-Pro podcast, The A Cappella Voice, in hopes of opening a discussion on the importance of helping all music therapists add specific vocal practices, techniques and understandings to their clinical knowledge and repertoire.


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Dr. Olin Parker: The Roots of Music Therapy

After returning from service in WWII, Olin Parker continued his education at University of Kansas, studying with Dr. E. Thayer Gaston and other pioneers in the field of music therapy. In 2014, Dr. Parker is Professor Emeritus of Music and Associate Director Emeritus of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at University of Georgia. He is still involved in AMTA at age 91, attending and actively participating in regional and national conferences every year. Dr. Parker still teaches some college classes, continuing a career in higher education he started 49 years ago. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Dr. Parker talks about events in the late 1940’s that resulted in the birth of music therapy as a profession, about his interactions with Dr. E.Thayer Gaston and other pioneers in the field, and about his interesting professional experiences over the past decades. Dr. Parker provides intriguing insights about our profession and amusing anecdotes about music therapy.


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MT in Community Music Schools

Don’t miss this lively conversation between three of our music therapy colleagues, all directors of music therapy programs in community music schools, talking about innovative music therapy programs and services for individuals as well as for social service, medical, and education agencies in their communities. Because there are about one hundred community music schools around the country, and only twenty have music therapy services, possibilities for establishing new music therapy programs abound.  In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Eve Montague shares insights based on her experience of starting up a new music therapy program in the prestigious South Shore Conservatory in Massachusetts. Maria Batista-Hancock talks about the quality services provided by nine music therapists at the Hochstein Music School in Rochester, New York as well as some exciting new initiatives. Ronna Kaplan describes the music therapy program at The Music Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio which started in 1966 under the leadership of Louise Steele, and continues today with twelve music therapists providing innovative services impacting the lives of a number of children and adults facing a wide range of life’s challenges.


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Music Therapy for Older People

This AMTA-Pro podcast, Music Therapy for Older People, begins with our colleague Dr. Anne Lipe sharing an overview of music therapy with older adults, including the history of MT services with this diverse population, the impact of the 1991 hearing before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on the growth of music therapy services and research, and the broad range of possibilities for music therapy services across the spectrum for older people living independently in the community, individuals in assisted living and adult day care, and people living in long-term care facilities. The second part of this podcast features the work of Dr. Betsey King and Laurie Keough in a privately funded music therapy demonstration project for individuals living in the community who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The project, which has since been replicated, not only resulted in the documentation of, among other things, a decrease in agitation and perseveration of words and phrases as well as an increase in social interaction for the participants, but also confirmed the validity of assessment-based small-group and individual music therapy as a cost-effective service significantly impacting quality of life. This podcast ends with an informal discussion of the exciting possibilities for growth in music therapy services for older people in the community and in long-term care.


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Music Therapy with Military Service Members

In addition to her work with other populations, board-certified music therapist Rebecca Vaudreuil provides group and individual music therapy to military service members diagnosed with PTSD, TBI, physical injuries, substance abuse, chemical dependency, and other challenges. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Rebecca gives us an overview of the role of music therapy and the structure of services provided to all branches of the military in inpatient programs as well as in Wounded Warrior Battalion transition and community reintegration programs. She describes real life situations illustrating the value of music therapy professionals and interns teaming up with recreation therapists, volunteers, family members, recording artists, and the San Diego community in order to provide effective and life-changing experiences for military service members. We will be adding links in the text section of this AMTA-Pro podcast to songs written by and/or performed by people involved in group and individual music therapy.


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Music Therapists Surviving Cancer

Music therapists Ashley Taylor, Cathy Knoll, Lisa Gallagher, Megan Peterson, Carolyn Bowes, Heather Lantry, Faith Halverson-Ramos, and JoAnn Jordan (l-r) gathered around the AMTA-Pro microphone. What do these MT colleagues have in common? All have experienced cancer from different viewpoints. Some are in active treatment, some are celebrating “cancer-versaries”, some are clinicians working with individuals diagnosed with cancer, and some have family members with cancer. In this podcast, they talk briefly about some challenges related to their cancer, and some thoughtful insights and suggestions for music therapists working with people diagnosed with cancer. We invite our MT colleagues to click below for photos, resources, helpful hints, and info about the  Facebook group, Music Therapists Surviving Cancer.


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Music Therapy and Parkinson’s

Three music therapists gathered around the AMTA-Pro microphone for an hour, and the resulting podcast is nothing short of amazing. Music therapists Megumi Azekawa, Jeanne Quam, and Steve Quam experience Parkinson’s from three vastly different perspectives. Megumi is involved in the clinical and music therapy research aspect; Steve lives inside Parkinson’s after being diagnosed with the condition; and Jeanne experiences Parkinson’s from the perspective of spouse and caregiver. All three music therapists share insights, experiences, and wisdom of great value to their colleagues. Of particular interest is Steve’s conversation about the impact of Parkinson’s on his ability to play flute, and his cross-country trips to raise awareness of Parkinson’s – trips taken via bicycle!


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Music Therapy Research

Dr. Laura Brown takes a brief break from teaching music therapy students at Western Illinois University for an AMTA-Pro Podcast interview about her research into the impact of music on emotional processing in the social interaction of children diagnosed with autism. This is the first step in a line of research that will inform music therapy practice for individuals with autism. Laura also talks about the role of research in clinical music therapy, the need for continuing to build on the research foundation in music therapy, and the exciting possibilities for the future of music therapy.


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MT and Medically Fragile Infants

Amy Smith, a Certified Child Life Specialist and Board Certified Music Therapist, works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. In this AMTA-Pro Podcast, Amy describes situations she encounters in her daily work and ways in which music therapy interventions impact the infants and their families during these critical days. For example, she discusses ways in which music can help parents connect with their little ones, normalize interactions, develop family rituals and familiar routines in the hectic hospital atmosphere, help their baby reach developmental milestones even when chronically ill, and celebrate in the midst of stress. Amy’s experience and insights are valuable to all music therapists, and a call for continued research and advances in clinical practice for music therapy with medically fragile infants.


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Barbara Reuer: MT Mover and Shaker

Music therapy took an unexpected turn in San Diego, CA when Dr. Barbara Reuer moved into town. In this AMTA-Pro podcast, Barb talks about innovative programs, the expansion of music therapy services in the community, the “business” of music therapy, and the thrill of training new therapists. She also shares some heartfelt stories about ways in which music and therapy have touched her life. The text segment of this AMTA-Pro podcast includes more information about Barb’s work as well as links to the websites of her music therapy programs.


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