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Our new clinic!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in About Us | Comments Off on Our new clinic!

Our new clinic!

Well if you are following our blog, you have noticed that we haven’t posted for quite a while. There is a good reason for this! We have been very, very busy because we just opened a new clinic! This new office and clinic as been in the works since the Fall of 2014, and we finally moved in on July 26th, 2015. We designed this space with 2 big things in mind; 1) more space for our wonderful clients and families including enough space to do some small groups, and 2) more space for our amazing therapists to be able to improve their craft...

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Music Therapy Month in Numbers

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in About Music Therapy, General Information | 1 comment

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 music therapy degree program; Colorado State University! 4: Rehabilitative Rhythms Music Therapy has 4 board certified music therapists; Sarah Thompson,...

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Meet your Music Therapist – Kristin Sjoberg

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in About Us | Comments Off on Meet your Music Therapist – Kristin Sjoberg

Meet your Music Therapist – Kristin Sjoberg

How did you get involved in music therapy? My parents are both music educators and when my father was in school for his master’s, he had a class on music therapy. My dad told me I should look into music therapy, but being a preteen, I had to go my own way first. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Music Performance and Psychology, I volunteered with AmeriCorps and worked with inner city youth. One of my duties was teaching a music class, and as I observed how music created new avenues for self-expression, communication and cognitive...

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NEW – Parkinson’s Music Therapy Class in Denver!!!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in About Music Therapy, General Information, Rehabilitation | Comments Off on 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 fitness, music and physical fitness and singing for improving the speaking voice (vocal volume & intelligibility) This class is taught by Rebekah...

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Mythbusters: Aren’t Music Therapists just Glorified Entertainers?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Music Therapy Practice | 1 comment

Mythbusters: Aren’t Music Therapists just Glorified Entertainers?

by Rebekah Stewart, MA, MT-BC Ever since the day I graduated and began practicing, I continue to encounter a misconception that many people have about what our role as music therapists are in various clinical settings. People are always excited to see someone walking around the hall with a guitar strapped to their back and a cart full of interesting instruments, but very often the reaction is something like: “Oh look, the music lady!” Or “Play us a song- do you know any Beatles?” Now don’t get me wrong- being the individual that people...

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

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Advocacy, General Information | Comments Off on I know someone who did a listening program. Isn’t that music therapy?

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 music therapy. Music therapy is a service that can only be delivered by a board certified music therapist. The next question we are often asked is...

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Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition: “So, do you just play CD’s for people?”

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in About Music Therapy, General Information | Comments Off on Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition: “So, do you just play CD’s for people?”

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 various other percussive instruments. 1.      Live music experiences Live music is always preferable, because of the ease with which the music therapist...

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National Stroke Awareness Month- Get Involved!

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Music Therapy Practice | Comments Off on National Stroke Awareness Month- Get Involved!

National Stroke Awareness Month- Get Involved!

By Catie Alpeter, MM, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist It’s National Stroke Awareness Month! On our blog we have previously covered goal areas and ways music therapy sessions can help you or your loved ones work on speech, attention, memory or physical goals. To review these, check out our previous posts!  This time, I wanted to be sure to spread the word about different ways for you or your loved one to become involved: Individual music therapy sessions This is the best option for individuals looking to really focus on need areas and seek...

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Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition: Myth #4 Music is Right Brained

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Music and the Brain | Comments Off on Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition: Myth #4 Music is Right Brained

Mythbusters Music Therapy Edition: Myth #4 Music is Right Brained

By Catie Alpeter, MM, MT-BC I can picture myself sitting in my high school psychology course taught by a man that always reminded me of Mr. Clean. We started discussing specialties in our brains and were given a small test to take to decide if we are “right or left brained.”  Remember this? Of course I was deemed “right brained,”  because I was and still am creative, artistic and musical. I can’t blame individuals, then, that hear our fancy title Neurologic Music Therapist and believe music to be right brained. You heard the news here! Music...

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in About Music Therapy, Music Therapy Practice | Comments Off on April is Autism Awareness Month!

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 resources that focus on music therapy as well as general autism and community resources. Music Therapy and Autism Research and clinical experience have...

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