Episode 230: #MusicTherapy #JournalClub for JMT 53(2)

We took a break because Janice went back to school and started a new job. Meganne moved and started a new job. But now we’re ready to catch back up! Join us for music therapy journal club–where we discuss the journal articles in music therapy publications just so we can keep up with the research. All you have to do to join is listen. If you’re really motivated, read the abstracts of the journal articles prior to the show. And if you’re REALLY motivated, call in and share your opinions! This show airs on January 10, 2017 at 10 am CST.

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Exhausted Mommies share their story

ExaustedmomsxylophoneAmy Zuniga has joined me on The Music Therapy Show a couple of times for a Parent Support Group (Check them out: S is for Support, Parenting ModelsCreating Rhythm in Your Day, Back To School, and What’s going right?). We decided to create our own BlogTalkRadio channel, separate from the original show. And I haven’t taken the time to start a website for just that show, so I’m letting you all know about this resource here.

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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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