Episode 68: An Episode of Small Talk

by MTRT on July 21, 2015

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In this episode 68 of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, we take a break from our regularly scheduled programming and dedicate the entire episode to . . . small talk. Join us as we take a moment to get caught up on the major changes and transitions happening in our lives.

Show Notes

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Episode 67: Music Therapy Gear

by MTRT on June 9, 2015

Instruments
Every craftsman (or woman) has his or her tools. A carpenter has his saws and drill bits. A surgeon – her forceps and scalpels. A gardener has her spade and pruner. In many trades and professions, the tools become personal to the ones using them. You know what I mean when I mention that favorite sauté pan or the car you wish had lasted forever because it just felt right.

In this episode of the music therapy round table podcast, we’re going to encourage you to think about your music therapy tools of the trade in a similar manner. Maybe some of you already do. Is this to develop some odd, unhealthy relationship with our material implements? No, it’s so that we get a better understanding of the sonic possibilities that exist within the instruments.

In my own practice, I notice that subtle changes in instrument selection or the method employed when playing instruments can have a tremendous effect on the timbre and texture of a given instrument. Being observant of this expands the ways in which we can musically interact with our patients and clients, and thus enhances the therapeutic relationship and effect.

Show Notes

  • Recommendation for students/interns: take time to explore the instruments that are available and carefully evaluate the sounds you are able to draw out of an instrument
  • Draw on the experience of other students and professionals when selecting instruments
  • Challenge yourself to incorporate new instruments into your work
  • Consider the associations or triggers that might exist with an instrument
  • From Matt: Change your guitar strings!

Cool Resources

The Guitten protects the headstock of your guitar, keeping those tempting tuning pegs out of site when you are working with your clients.

Announcement

Michelle has launched her new Virtual Assistant business. Check it out at MichelleErfurt.com!

Matt’s website, MusicTherapySource.com, is undergoing a redesign. Check it out in the next few days!

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Episode 66: Music Therapy In The Medical Setting

May 12, 2015

Photo credit: MGDboston from morguefile.comThe 2013 AMTA Member Survey & Workforce Analysis reports that 12% of their members work within the medical/surgical population. This turns out to be the third most popular population you will find a music therapist working. How is music therapy being used with hospitalized patients and what kind of results take […]

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Episode 65: The Transition from Intern to Professional

April 10, 2015

The four of us have been there: at the end of a six-month (or longer) internship, on the cusp of becoming professional music therapists. As exciting as it is to be in this position, it can also be a little scary and overwhelming. In this episode 65 of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, we’ll […]

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Episode 64: An Episode on Music Therapy Research

March 24, 2015

The 2015 Scope of Music Therapy Practice defines “music therapy” as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic relationship by a credential professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” One of the characteristics outlined in this definition […]

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Episode 63: Nailing the Interview

February 9, 2015

Today we are here to talk about something that occurs in every music therapist’s and every student’s career, and that is, the job interview. This might be for an internship or a new professional opportunity. Professionals in private practice also find themselves in interviews when trying to get more contracts and grow their business. They […]

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