Why should I be a member of AMTA?

WhatDoesAMTADoForMeApproximately 1,900 music therapists are members of AMTA and there are precisely 6,882 Board Certified Music Therapists. Why are music therapists not members of their professional association? I see AMTA publish the Benefits of Membership and post videos about why music therapists should be members, but I’m not sure they match up with my reasons, and I want to explore my perspective on AMTA membership. I was asked on Facebook to say why I was a member of AMTA several months ago. I didn’t respond to the #WeAreAMTA campaign, because, to be honest, I have difficulties with the association. They seem out of touch with their membership, as indicated by the big difference in the number of AMTA members vs MT-BCs. I thought I’d explore some of my difficulties and try to reconcile them for myself. Continue reading

Music Therapy Professional Competencies

In my continuing quest to be a good music therapist, I am adding to my collection of music therapy document summaries with the Professional Competencies. Professional CompetenciesThe Preamble explains that these competencies establish standards for music therapy education and clinical training, as well as the levels of practice. These competencies outline what a music therapist at the Professional Level of Practice, with a Bachlor’s degree or its equivalent in music therapy and a current music therapy credential (MT-BC) is trained to do. There are Advanced Competencies, too, but I’ll look at those later.

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Parenting Songs Update

Baby instrumentsIt’s been about a year that I’ve used certain songs with my kid and I wanted to give an update on how they work now that he’s almost 3. The first song I shared was the Diaper Change Distraction Song. I don’t use this one very much anymore because he’s become pretty compliant (most of the time) with diaper changes and we are about to focus on potty training. Last time I tried to use this song, he looked at me and said, “Shhhh!”

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Episode 228: #MusicTherapy #JournalClub JMT 53(1)

Journal Club 2016Dr. Meganne Masko and I will discuss the articles published in the Spring 2016 Journal of Music Therapy (volume 53 number 1). This edition features articles on the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness (MATADOC), Parents and Young Children with Disabilities, a Meaningfulness of Songwriting Scale (MSS), and the Music Attentiveness Screening Assessment, Revised (MASA-R). We will summarize the articles and share our opinions and how we apply this research to our clinical practices.

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Wellness Agenda

WellnessA few weeks ago, I mentioned my Wellness Agenda on a Facebook group. People asked me about it, so I said I would write a post about it. Basically, my Wellness Agenda is a set of goals that relate to each of the wellness dimensions that make sure I’m meeting all of my needs to stay healthy.

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