Passover and Easter are two major observances of Judaism and Christianity. This year the first night of Passover occurs on April 8th and Easter arrives on Sunday, April 12th. With various levels of social and physical restrictions currently in place across the world due to COVID-19, these holidays will feel very different this year. Attending a service at your church or traveling to a Seder are likely not possible nor safe. Even gathering with close

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Come drum with us and welcome in the New Year at this Community Drum Circle. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED/Instruments are provided. What better way to welcome the first day of 2020 then to connect with others through making music and laughter. This circle is led by Michelle Montgomery Muth, MT-BC, music therapist and trained drum circle facilitator. Whether you are new to drum circles or a veteran, Michelle's job is to make everyone feel comfortable and

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For me, the year starts to wind down when Daylight Savings Time ends. The shorter days and long dark nights naturally cause me to start reflecting on the year that is coming to a close. The last leaves are falling, winter jackets are coming out of the closet, and in front of the fireplace is my favorite place to be. Thanksgiving to New Year’s is a blur of activity. To me, this short time between

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Music For Veterans Music and the military go hand in hand. Historically, music has been integral to the military experience, from bugle calls that summon one awake in the morning, to cues for when to charge or retreat in battle, to "lights out." While the modern military may use different formats, music is still an integral component of one's military experience from the inspirational marches performed by military bands, to the reverence we feel upon

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This month, I'd like to share a guest post by Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC, a music therapist currently working in Mount Desert Island, ME. In this post, Carla reflects on a session that she shared with a client who was on hospice care.  Delicious Music is a beautiful story about the importance of the present moment, and how for many, it is all that exists. The practice of mindfulness, a current buzzword in popular culture, is an ancient

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…in Music Therapy Advocacy A guest post from Lana Card, MT-BC of The George Center in Atlanta that offers stellar music therapy programs with a very creative staff.  Lana was one of the many stuck in their cars for 10+ hours during the recent ice storms in Atlanta.  In this post she transforms a very difficult experience into music therapy advocacy - not easy task and well done. A good read and worth a few minutes.

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With Good Reason, is a radio program that examines a wide range of topics with leading scholars.  On August 4th, host Sarah McConnell examines Healing with music interviewing Jim Borling, music therapy professor at Radford University.  She provides a great overview of music therapy and how many different types of music can be effective in working with individuals - in this case teenagers.  The segment is the first 15 minutes of the show. For teenagers dealing

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I have re-posted a few articles by AMTA Immediate Past President Ronna Kaplan as she has a wonderful way of describing and clarifying various aspects of music therapy.  Today's article, Music therapy for individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias, is an excellent description of how music therapy can help individuals.  In this article, Ronna responds to the video clip of Alive Inside (see previous News post How music awakens Alzheimer's patients) and describes for readers the profound impact music

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Interesting article from the July issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience about how early musical instrument training may reduce the effects of mental decline associated with aging.  If you work in music education in any way this is a must read. "...The research found that older adults who learned music in childhood and continued to play an instrument for at least 10 years outperformed others in tests of memory and cognitive ability." Read

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