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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I know someone who did a listening program. Isn’t that music therapy?

by Sarah Thompson, MM, MT-BC, CBIS There continues to be a lot of confusion about which interventions are considered music therapy and which are NOT music therapy.  We have spoken with a number of families that have used a listening program, and reviewed the website for The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technologies. Right off the bat, we want to clarify that the listening program is NOT...
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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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3 Things We LOVE About OTs

   April is Occupational Therapy month! In honor of our talented colleagues, here is a blog devoted to them: 1) Functional thinking – For OT’s, it’s all about how people function in their daily life. They are incredibly focused on how to make daily life easier and how to make people more independent. I have seen so many people get a big boost in confidence and mood when they are able to do more...
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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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