Saturday, January 23, 2010

January 23, 2010 - A Week in the Life of a Music Therapist

I had some pretty amazing sessions this week, so I'm going to share some of the responses my clients had to music therapy. I also had a personal encounter with music, so I will talk about that, too.

Listen here.

Please leave a comment and let me know what topics you are interested in, or just that you listen! Hearing from listeners really keeps me motivated.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010 - Andrew Knight - Professor of Music Therapy

Andrew Knight, MA, MT-BC, NMT Fellow, is assistant professor of music therapy at the University of North Dakota. He instructs courses in music therapy and jazz improvisation, while overseeing clinical placements of students in the Grand Forks community. Mr. Knight holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in percussion performance with a jazz emphasis, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education, emphasis in music therapy from the University of Minnesota. His post-graduate training includes a Fellowship in the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University and has studied with noted music therapists Charles Furman and Michael Thaut.

Prior to his appointment in the UND Music Department, Mr. Knight was an active clinician in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, with various music therapy clinical roles in nursing/geriatric facilties, school districts, and at agencies serving adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has also established a branch of the “Tremble Clefs,” a nationwide group of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to support them physically and emotionally through singing and movement. His research has been published in the journals Activity Director’s Quarterly for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia and the Journal of Music Therapy. His current research pursuits include clinical applications of music therapy for individuals with neurologic impairments.

As an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Mr. Knight has served as president of the American Music Therapy Association for Students, Great Lakes and Midwestern Region web coordinator and representative to the AMTA committee on Communication and Technology. He currently represents the Midwestern Region on the national Student Affairs Advisory Board of AMTA and the Academic Program Approval Committee.

Mr. Knight has presented at several national and regional conferences, including the AMTA, the National Parkinson Foundation, and the Autism Society of America. Andrew lives in Grand Forks with his wife and two children. He frequently bikes around the city, and has run four marathons. So far.

Andrew Knight's Music Therapy Podcasts

Listen to the show here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010 - New Year's Resolutions

Welcome back! I hope you all had wonderful holiday breaks and are refreshed and renewed and energized for the new year. I love how hanging up a new calendar makes seems to give us hope for new opportunities.

On today's show, I'm going to talk about making successful New Year's Resolutions, explaining how to use music to make your dreams come true! And I'll describe a goal-writing session I used with my clients this week.

Happy New Year!