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Music Therapy or Music Education?

This past week, one of my clients asked me what the difference between Music Therapy and music class was. As a board certified music therapist AND certified music educator, this is one of my favorite questions to answer! Last week I talked all about music therapy; where it came from, who it helps, the works! Though the concept of music therapy is becoming more understood, some people still have trouble discerning what makes a music therapist and a music teacher different. The difference is clear when we take away the word music: Therapy: Noun. The treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process. Education: Noun. The act or process of imparting or a

What is Music Therapy?

It is Music Therapy week here in Illinois, so I figured it is the perfect time to talk about music therapy and all of the goals it can be used to accomplish! When I introduce myself as a music therapist, I often get a strange look and I spend the following 5 minutes explaining what music therapy is. WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY? “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” There are a lot of assumptions about what music therapy is. People often say to me “that makes sense, music is very therapeutic.” While yes, musi

5 Things I Wish Every Client Knew

The start of a new school year often means many new clients, bringing new excitement and new challenges. As I get to know these children and their families, there are so many things I wish they knew to help put them at ease and enjoy the therapeutic process. To keep it short and sweet, I narrowed it down to my top 5. 1. I love my job It involves a lot of difficult tasks, patience, and pushes me to learn about myself every day, but I love my job. Your child is why I wake up in the morning and is why I feel fulfilled when I go home every night. No matter what happens in session or how well your child reaches their goals that day, I will still love my job and be thrilled to see them again next

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