Sunday, February 12, 2012

This Blog is Moving!

I have been maintaining this blog for the radio show and another website,, for quite some time. Now, though, I am consolidating my efforts and will be updating about the show on So head on over there for updates about the show topics, and thanks for listening!

Also, if you recently lost your iTunes subscription to the show, it's because I fiddled with the URL when I changed my name from Harris to Lindstrom. So you can re-subscribe here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

February 3, 2012 - Music Therapy with the Deaf and Blind

My guest this week is Natasha Thomas. Listen LIVE noon est/11 cst/10 mst/9 pst or catch the archived show anytime!

Natasha Thomas is a graduate of the University of North Dakota (Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, 2008) and Board Certified Music Therapist, serving individuals statewide through North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) and ND School for the Deaf, in addition to private clients she sees in the home and in settings like LISTEN Day Services and the LISTEN Drop-In Center.  As part of her work with NDVS/SB, Natasha is a regular transcriber of the Braille Music code, and also signs in ASL for her work with the ND School for the Deaf.  Natasha is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Special Education (UND, 2012) to supplement her work with these populations.  She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and regularly attends their annual conferences.  Natasha enjoys connecting with other Music Therapists (her twitter handle is @MusicMovesND) educating her community on Music Therapy through her newspaper affiliated blog,, supervising UND practica students, and teaching/performing Middle Eastern Dance in her spare time (when she has it!)  
You can contact Natasha by email at

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 27, 2012 - Tim Ringgold

Listen to this week's show to learn business tips from Tim Ringgold of

Board Certified music therapist Tim Ringgold is Director of Sonic Divinity, which provides music therapy services in Orange County, CA, and teaches business and success principles to new and seasoned professionals alike.  

Tim serves his music therapy community as Vice President of the Western Region Chapter of the AMTA, and is a regular presenter at both regional and national conferences.  

Tim has delivered no less than 16 presentations on music therapy topics since his internship at Musicworx, Inc. in 2008, and has gone on to earn a certificate in NICU music therapy and in HealthRHYTHMS. 

Inaugural recipient of the WRAMTA New Professional Award in 2009, Tim is a graduate of Chapman University in Orange, CA, where he served as President of the Student Music Therapy Association, as well as received the Music Therapy Award and Guitar Award from the Chapman Conservatory of Music.
Find out more about Tim at

LIVE 12 noon eastern/11 am central/10 am mountain/9 am pacific. You can also check out the archives here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 20, 2012 - Pacifier Activated Lullabies

Today my guest is Kathy Lovell, who will talk about the Pacifer Activated Lullaby technology.
The PAL® technology is based on research conducted at the Florida State University by Dr. Jayne Standley.  An FSU faculty member since 1976, Dr. Standley is recognized throughout the United States as the foremost authority on medical music therapy. Researching the effect of music on premature babies, she found they increased their sucking rates 2.5 times when exposed to music, thus helping to increase their weight. Aimed specifically at addressing a long-standing problem among premature infants – delayed proficiencies in learning to suck – Dr. Standley’ s musical pacifier has demonstrated what have been called “amazing” results in repeated tests done at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Listen LIVE at Noon Eastern, 11 am Central, 10 am Mountain, 9 am Pacific or check out the archived show. You can also subscribe in iTunes

 “. . . . after more than 100 years of study on this topic, a body of knowledge now exists to document the many medical, social, and emotional benefits of music.” 2003 – Jayne Standley, Ph.D.

Biography – P. Kathleen (Kathy) Lovell
Kathy is the Chief Executive Officer of Powers Device Technologies, Inc.  She has more than 25 years of management, sales, marketing, financial, manufacturing, and operational experience.  Her focus is building high-growth entrepreneurial ventures by helping early-stage companies refine their business models, develop their infrastructure, access capital and attain profitability. Kathy is Chairman of the Emergent Growth Funds, LLC in Gainesville, FL.  Emergent Growth Funds I and II are member-managed angel funds, focusing on early stage companies developing unique, leading-edge products, or proprietary technologies that possess the potential for rapid growth in significant markets. Emergent is fully funded by its members and makes direct investments in its portfolio companies.  Kathy serves on the boards of directors for AerovectRx Corporation, Atlanta, GA and Wilmington Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Wilmington, NC (both Emergent Growth portfolio companies.) 

Prior to assuming the role of CEO at Powers Device Technologies, Inc., Kathy held executive-level marketing, sales and operations positions with several technology companies.  Her manufacturing experience includes over 13 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Kathy holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from State University of New York.  She attended Springfield College, Masters of Education program and is currently enrolled in Nova Southeastern’s Masters of Accountancy program.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

January 13, 2012 - Music Therapy Advocacy

We're back!

Introduction: Advocacy --> Recognition --> Access

Since 2005, the American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists have collaborated on a State Recognition Operational Plan. The primary purpose of this Plan is to get music therapy and our MT-BC credential recognized by individual states so that citizens can more easily access our services. The AMTA Government Relations staff and CBMT Regulatory Affairs staff provide guidance and technical support to state task forces throughout the country as they work towards state recognition. To date, their work has resulted in 35 active state task forces, 2 licensure bills passed in 2011, and an estimated 10 bills being filed in 2012 that seek to create either a music therapy registry or license for music therapy. This month, our focus is on YOU and on getting you excited about advocacy.

So my guests this week will be Judy Simpson, Dena Register, and Kimberly Sena Moore from the State Recognition Operational Plan to talk about Music Therapy Advocacy and how you can get involved! Join us LIVE at Noon EST/11 am CST/10 am MST/9 am PST or listen to the Archived Show. You can also subscribe to this show through iTunes.

How can you get involved? Click here for more information:
Policy and Advocacy information from AMTA
Advocacy information from CBMT

Judy Simpson is the Director of Government Relations for the American Music Therapy Association. She can be reached at

Dr. Dena Register is the Regulatory Affairs Advisor for the Certification Board for Music Therapists and an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Kansas. She can be reached at

Kimberly Sena Moore is the Regulatory Affairs Associate for the Certification Board for Music Therapy, the blogger at Music Therapy Maven, and a PhD student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She can be reached at