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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The 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 place?

In this episode 66 of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, we are going to talk about music therapy within the hospital environment including where you’ll find a music therapist working, what you may see them doing, and how this treatment benefits clients.

Show Notes

    • A video from Matt’s workplace:

Cool Resources

Our newest Pro Perk Partner… Session Cafe, brought to you by JoAnn Jordan. Session Cafe is a membership site filled with themes and songs for vibrant older adult sessions. Select from more than 20 themes to find one of interest to those you serve. You’ll open a list of songs, discussion materials and more to help you plan. MT Pro members can receive a 40% discount.

Announcement

Rachel has a new songbook Ring, Sing, Strum and Drum! Find it here.

What do you think?

What do you think? We always welcome comments and questions. Simply fill out the comment field below to let us know what you think.

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Download the latest episode here or subscribe by email for free to automatically get new episodes sent to you.

Come join us!

Do you love the Music Therapy Round Table podcast? If so, come join us at Music Therapy Pro, a premier online resource for music therapists like you! We look forward to seeing you there.

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