1. imagine is an annual online magazine sharing evidence-based information and trends related to early childhood music therapy through various media. 

    Excellent resource for families and music therapists working in early childhood settings. Multimedia content, sample interventions, original songs, and it’s all FREE!


  2. GRE Test Day is Tomorrow…!

    Nervous that I won’t get enough sleep tonight and that I haven’t mastered enough flashcards, but glad this will be over in 24 hours.

    Anyone have GRE tips?



  4. lizzieontopoftheworld said: On a scale of 1-10, how unprofessional is it to write about a fieldwork experience on a tumblr blog? If I leave out names is that fine? Or location as well?

    In this situation, I think the better question to ask is how ethical is it to write about a fieldwork experience. The AMTA code of ethics states:

    3.12.4 The MT disguises the identity of the client in the presentation of case materials for research and teaching. Client or guardian consent is obtained, with full disclosure of the intended use of the material.

    Of course, blogging is not mentioned per se, but as a music therapy student, confidentiality should be first priority. Check with your supervisor/professor about policies regarding writings outside of academic assignments. In my opinion, better safe than sorry especially when someone’s privacy is at risk. Describe the client only in vague terms and leave out the location. 


  5. My (inner) reaction when someone calls me a “musical” therapist

    Sorry for the language, it’s just really annoying.


  6. simplesongbird:

    Music Therapists - This shirt is fun and it comes in a sweatshirt. Help reach the goal so they print it!


  7. Anyone have some information about becoming a music therapist?



    I was looking online, and I found this wonderful career path which combines music, psychology, and neurological science (all the things that I love). I just want to understand more about the field before pursuing it. I am currently a 2nd year psychology major at a local CC, and I’m planning to transfer. However, I heard about music therapy, and I found it to be a beautiful career! It would be something I wouldn’t mind doing. I also heard that some universities that offer this major (my state only has 2 at the moment) offer MT equivalency programs, which allow me to take the necessary courses for a music therapy bachelor’s (and/or master’s) degree.

    Here are some questions I have:

    • Should I get my bachelor’s in psychology and then get the equivalency/masters program (one of the two schools does allow this program for people with similar majors)? NOTE: I suggest this in case I change my choice down the road, I still have a psych major which can go so many ways (obviously with a graduate degree because, let’s face it: a bachelor’s in psychology does not get you anywhere nowadays).
    • Note-Note: I lean more toward the equivalency program because this school is VERY far away from home, and, with it being a private university, is quite expensive. 
    • If you work as a MT, what is it that you enjoy most about this career?
    • What are the challenges you face with this career, and do these challenges cause you to question your career choice?
    • Are you happy with this job?

    If you hadn’t noticed, I really want to make sure I choose the correct path before taking the initiative. I think learning more about it and perhaps getting a better glimpse of this career will help me decide what is best for me. Thank you! :)

    I’m an equivalency student right now, so I’ll only speak to that part. I’m glad that I waited to do my music therapy work until graduate school. I think it’s a smart move if you’re already fairly invested in a degree program and don’t want to leave (I was a junior before I’d decided to become a music therapist). However, I was also a music major, so I got all the ear training, music theory, and other music courses out of the way before I came. You might want to consider getting a music minor (if possible) while still in undergrad in order to save time on the other end.

    Some music therapists on tumblr who could answer the other questions are thrivemusictherapy, simplesongbird, and northstarmusictherapy.

    Hope this helps, and I hope that you find music therapy is the right career for you!

    Agree with above regarding getting a music minor and take some guitar/piano classes if you aren’t familiar with those instruments. That will be the most difficult to learn in a short amount of time.

    As for the best thing about this career, I’ve been happily surprised with how being a music therapist has made me a better person. Telling others I wanted to “help people” was easy to say, but developing the empathy, patience, and people skills to do this everyday has resounded for the better in other areas of my life, for which I am grateful. 

    Challenges: you are not guaranteed anything (i.e. understanding of what you do, a full-time job, etc.) at the beginning. With time, you develop the network, advocacy skills, and experience to be in-demand and working, but it takes some risk to be a music therapist. The starting pay is also something to be desired. On the positive side, music therapy is gaining more public awareness and interest everyday, which benefits both (potential) clients and MTs.

    Lastly, yes! very happy with this job. I feel productive and inspired everyday. I am never apathetic about how I spend my time at work and I don’t think that’s a statement everyone can make. Best of luck!


  9. Calling all potential music therapy majors! Click through for an interactive map of all universities and colleges offering music therapy degrees in the United States.

    Clicking the description will take you to the school’s website.

    (via Thrive Music Therapy)

  10. Working with older adults with memory loss, I occasionally get antsy when teaching a new song because I’ll repeat a line or a chorus over and over and over…and over. This awesome video reminded me of the science behind repetition in music and how it makes for a more meaningful, interactive experience for my clients.

    How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.