Music Therapy Month in Numbers

March is Colorado Music Therapy Month! You may have noticed that we have been posting number trivia every day this month; were you able to figure out what they represented? Here are your answers which hopefully also give you some insight into our wonderful profession! 141: There are 141 board certified music therapists in Colorado 1:  There is only 1 Colorado college/university that offers a...
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NEW – Parkinson’s Music Therapy Class in Denver!!!

Good Vibrations: Music for a healthy brain and body The neuroscience of music has shown us just how powerful music is for causing changes in our brains and our bodies. This class, led by a board-certified music therapist will consist of hands-on, evidence-based exercises to improve and maintain a wide variety of skills. The class is designed to address the following areas: music and cognitive...
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Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition: “So, do you just play CD’s for people?”

Rebekah Stewart, MA, MT-BC   This is one of the most common misconceptions that I run into when telling someone for the first time about my profession.  In fact, recorded music is only one tool in a large music therapy toolbox.  When music therapists attend school, we have to display proficiency on a wide variety of instruments, including but not limited to guitar, piano, autoharp, drums, and...
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April is Autism Awareness Month!

By: Rebekah Stewart, MA, MT-BC The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified that now nearly 1 in 68 Americans are diagnosed with Autism—1 in 42 males and 1 in 189 females. This is a diagnosis which affects thousands of families every day, and a significant percentage of the families we are privileged to see every single day. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, here are some excellent...
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Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition

Relaxing to Classical Music Rebekah Stewart, MA, MT-BC By a show of hands, (yes, I realize I can’t see you) how many of you have gone into a store to buy a nice relaxing CD and almost all of the options say something like “Relax to the Classics” or “Mozart Lullabies?” Why is it so often that classical music is directly equated with “relaxing” music? And is it actually true? Let’s take a moment...
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Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition: Myth #1 Musical Background

by Catie Alpeter, MM, MT-BC “I don’t have a musical background so I wouldn’t do well in music therapy” Those who may think this are right to assume that when they hear the words music therapy, music playing is involved. A typical music therapy session may include a variety of different instrument playing from percussion (drums, maracas, castanets, wood block, you name it), to piano, to guitar,...
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