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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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Incorporating Music Into Your Home

Many parents often ask “what can I be doing now to teach my young child and bond with them while having fun?” My answer is always – Use music! Music is not only playful but can be used as a tool for learning, movement, and bonding between parents and children. In this post I have […]

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Look Who Joined the Music Therapy Team

This past Monday the Music Therapy Department added a new intern to their team. Katy Hinckley is from Deland, Florida and has 3 siblings, which are all brothers. She completed her course work in music therapy at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Katy had the opportunity to complete practicums with pre-school students, assisted living residents, […]

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