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Hello, I’m in Therapeutic Sales

As a junior in high school considering potential career paths, “sales” never once entered my list of options. Many a band fundraiser had revealed my aversion to competition and discomfort with selling people, that I love, things they don’t need.  Incentives even seem to have the opposite effect on me – if there was a […]

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Non-Traditional Self-Care

I have always considered myself as terrible at self-care.  As therapists, it is a part of our DNA to give of ourselves and it is a proven necessity to replenish your give-abilities by taking some time and making some effort to focus on your own needs.  For the past 10 years I’ve thought I was just […]

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Feel the Rhythm: How Music Affects Movement

“Music moves me.” I hear this all the time when I introduce myself as a music therapist.  Typically, people are referring to the emotional affect music has on them.  Music reaches us in a way that other things do not.  It accesses our emotions, involves our minds, shapes our identity, connects us in community…and it […]

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Take a Glimpse at Music Therapy Programming

Music is everywhere. It is all around us and it is an integral part of who we are. In the EDGE program at Union University, music is a part of the curriculum.  Each first-year EDGE student participates in music therapy as a means of making social connections, addressing emotional concerns, and making progress toward their […]

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Summer Camps at STAR

During the summer months, our art and music therapists like to find new ways to branch out even further into our community to offer their unique services. One of our favorite ways we try to reach those who don’t always have the benefit of our services throughout the year is through summer camps. Art Therapy and Music Therapy are designed to […]

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Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At the Star Center, we are passionate about helping people find their new normal after a stroke.  Recovery is often a long and frustrating journey, and we want people to know that they are not alone during that process. Music Therapy can be an effective treatment to drive recovery […]

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What is Music Therapy?

When someone asks, “what do you do?” I imagine they expect an answer like teaching or counseling.  Based on the looks and questions that inevitably follow, “I am a music therapist” is not what they anticipated.  Granted the response these days is more often, “oh, you have an awesome job!”  This was not the case […]

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SCALE Groups

Thursday, I got to end my day in the best way! When asked how we should end the session, one of our clients broke out into his own original song: “Goodbye! Goodbye!  Thank you for the music today.”  You probably wouldn’t expect it, but this particular client doesn’t often express himself in creative or original […]

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