Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 10, 2010 - Music Therapy Students

Music Therapy Students and Prospective Music Therapy Students may become members of the American Music Therapy Association Students (AMTAS).

AMTAS are undergraduate and graduate student members of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The goal of the student organization is to increase awareness, involvement, and knowledge of music therapy students by fostering communication and growth in preparation for a professional career.

The Student Affairs Advisory Board (SAAB) is one of the boards of the American Music Therapy Association. Its purpose is to establish and strengthen a positive and productive relationship between students and professionals of the organization, consult and advise students regarding any concerns brought to attention by students or concerning students, and to encourage and support students’ professional involvement and growth within AMTAS and eventually AMTA.

This week, I'm please to invite Dr. Petra Kern back to the show, along with past and current members of the SAAB, to talk about music therapy students and how they are helping the field of music therapy develop. Listen live at 12 noon EST, 11 am CST, 10 am MST, 9 am PST, or listen to the archived show here, available about 15 minutes following the end of the show. You can also subscribe to the show through iTunes and never miss an episode!

Friday, December 3, 2010

December 3, 2010 - Surviving the Holidays

I was going to skip the show this week, because I have way too much going on. But I wanted to share a brief message and my mantra for this month: You are worth taking care of!

Listen here. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 19, 2010 - LIVE from Cleveland!

This week, I'll be broadcasting live from the Erfurt Music Therapy Resource booth in the exhibit hall at the American Music Therapy Association conference in Cleveland, OH. I'm not sure if I'll be able to take callers, but if you'd like to listen live, call 646-652-2850 or click here, on Friday, November 19, at 1:30 EST, 12:30 CST, 11:30 MST, or 10:30 PST.

If you miss the live show, all shows are archived as a podcast about 15 minutes after the show ends. You can find the archived show here, or subscribe to The Music Therapy Show on iTunes.

I've not tried to record a show "on location" before, so I'm not sure how it will sound, but I hope you'll find it informative. Let me know what you think by commenting on this post!

Friday, November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010 - Honoring Communication

I work with a lot of clients who would be considered "low functioning" in clinical terms. However, they all are capable of communication, and it's up to me and others around them to honor their communication. This week I'll talk about what that means and how to do it.

Listen live at Noon EST, 11 CST, 10 MST, 9 PST. Or check out the archives at any time. You can also make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing through iTunes.

Friday, November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010 - Hospice Music Therapy

This week, I welcome Jennifer Haskins to the show to talk about Hospice Music Therapy.

Jennifer Haskins, the Music Therapy Department Manager and Internship Director at Big Bend Hospice, is a board certified music therapist and has been serving hospice patients and families for over 5 years. Upon graduation from Florida State University, Jennifer completed Internship working with older adults at Sunshine Terrace Foundation in Logan, Utah. She began working at Big Bend Hospice in March, 2005 and was assigned to the hospice in-patient unit where she gained experience in helping terminally ill patients and their families with acute care needs. Jennifer has also served on the facilities hospice team, and multiple home based hospice teams. In the last two years, Jennifer has collaborated with the Bereavement department, serving children and teen bereavement groups, adult groups and individuals. She is currently leading two bereavement groups in the community, serving individuals in residential court-ordered substance rehab facilities. Above all, the focus of Jennifer's career is to continue to push forward and explore and learn as much as possible.

Listen live at noon Eastern, 11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific. Or check out the archived show if you missed the live broadcast. Or make it easy on yourself and subscribe to the show in iTunes.

For more information about Big Bend Hospice, check out or email Jennifer.
For more information on Hospice Music Therapy, check out these shows:

Leave a comment here and let me know what you think!

Friday, October 29, 2010

October 29, 2010 - Erfurt Music Resource

I am excited to have Michelle Erfurt as my guest this week. Michelle currently provides music therapy at Treasure Coast Hospice and in private practice. She has experience working with a variety of individuals of all ages diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, motor function problems, intellectual delays, communication disorders, medical problems and social skill needs. Michelle has provided music therapy services at the Orlando campus of Florida Hospital and in private practice before relocating to Florida’s Treasure Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania as well as nationally recognized Board Certification. Michelle has also completed specialized certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy. She serves as the Membership Committee Chairperson and Student Advisor for the Southeastern Regional chapter of the American Music Therapy Association.

Michelle also maintains The Erfurt Music Resource, a collection of individuals working to promote items and information related to music and music therapy. And she is one of the members of the Music Therapy Roundtable, along with Kimberly Sena Moore and Rachel Rambach.

Listen live at noon Eastern, 11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific. Or check out the archived show if you missed the live broadcast. Or make it easy on yourself and subscribe to the show in iTunes.

Leave a comment here and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 20, 2010 - Technology and Music Therapy

This week I have an event to attend on Friday, so The Music Therapy Show will broadcast live on Wednesday at 1:00 pm Eastern, 12:00 noon Central, 11:00 am Mountain, and 10:00 am Pacific. Missed the live show? Check out the archives here, or download through iTunes.

My guest this week is John Lawrence, a music therapist practicing in Edmonton, AB Canada. He graduated from Temple University in 1995 with a Master's degree in music therapy and has been in private practice since that time. His specialty area has been geriatrics, especially those with Alzheimer's type dementia and more recently, veterans of multiple conflict zones. He has continually been interested in the use of technology, as it can be utlized to enhance clinical knowledge and skills, and has incorporated various technologies into his instruction of several "Introduction to Music Therapy" courses. He is currently serving as chairperson of the 1st ever, Online Conference for Music Therapy (to be held on March 5-6, 2011). John is affiliated with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and is past-president of the Music Therapy Association of Alberta (MTAA).

Here are the links mentioned in the show:

Creative commons:
Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT):

My practice:
John Lawrence MMT, MTA
JL Music Therapy Services
Edmonton, AB
Ph: (780) 288-1390

OCMT2011 Conference Info:

WHEN: *Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT2011) - March 5-6, 2011

WHERE: Online via Internet

Facebook: OCMT2011 - Online Conference for Music Therapy
Twitter: #OCMT2011

Conference registration to commence Nov. 1st, 2010 via our website. Check the resources listed above for more details and contact information. Special rates available for students and groups of MT professionals/educational sites!

*Training for participants and presenters will be available in the new year (2011) prior to the conference. If anyone is interested in a demo of the Elluminate solution, please contact me directly at: John is presently looking for individuals who could spend 20-30 minutes, to allow me to practice my moderator skills, and learn about the Elluminate product.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 15, 2010 - imagine with Dr. Petra Kern

imagine, is the first annual online magazine dedicated to Early Childhood Music Therapy, sponsored by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). The purpose of this new publication is to improve access to and distribute knowledge and information about early childhood music therapy in clinical terms.

imagine is free to everyone and accessible around the world. The inaugural issue of imagine has been released on September, 1 2010 with over 50 contributions from 10 countries. Initial reviews of imagine readers speak for a remarkable success of AMTA’s new publication line. You can find imagine on the web at

Today, I am speaking with Dr. Petra Kern, the editor of imagine. She will tell as more about the development, goals, and content of the new early childhood online magazine.

Listen live at Noon Eastern, 11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific. Call in during the show: 646-652-2850 to listen or join the discussion. Subscribe on iTunes. Or listen to the archived show, available 15 minutes following the end of the show.