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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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The Trumpet was My Lullaby

For as long as I can remember, my dad has practiced his trumpet at very late hours of the night. Sometimes, he practices as late as 2am (thankfully, with a mute).  As I have always had sleeping problems, I often remember listening to my dad’s trumpet playing until I would finally drift off to sleep. […]

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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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Summer Music Activities for Kids!

Summer is here! The kids are home! They have already eaten all the food and said they are bored out of their minds!  It hasn’t been a week yet! It’s either the time before camps start, before you embark on vacation, or before the babysitter is able to come and you’ve run out of ideas- well […]

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Have a Sensory Friendly Summer!

Summer is the time for barbecues, picnics, and a wide variety of outdoor activities.  A sensory friendly event is one designed to be less sensory stimulating and overwhelming.  Having a sensory friendly approach often makes it easier for individuals with sensory sensitivities to participate in social activities and community events.  Just a few simple steps […]

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10 Weeks, 10 Ideas

When I started my internship at the STAR Center just ten weeks ago, I had no idea how much I would learn in such a short amount of time! While there are many lessons I could share, here are just a handful of things I have taken with me over the past ten weeks. 1.All […]

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Music Therapy and Mental Health

I cannot believe that May is already here, but with May comes National Mental Health Awareness Month. As one of the four music therapists here on staff, I have the opportunity to work with individuals, both adults and adolescents, recovering from substance abuse. Today I am going to share with you an intervention that some […]

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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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