Neurodiversity and Music Therapy

April is a month for celebrating all flavors of diversity and ways of being. This is because April is both Autism Awareness Month and Celebrate Diversity Month. Because of this, the focus of today’s post is about neurodiversity and music therapy. If the term neurodiversity is new to you, you may be wondering what it […]

4 Ways to Mindfully Engage with Music and Sound

It seems like every day I read a new article articulating the benefits of mindfulness. From incorporating it in healthcare, schools, and business, more and more people and organizations are recognizing how mindfulness can have a positive effect on them. Traditionally, mindfulness has been cultivated through engaging in the mindfulness meditation practices of Buddhism, such […]

“What Do You Do as a Music Therapist?”

A question that I often get asked is about what it is that I do as a music therapist or some other variation of what music therapy is. I live in a part of the United States that fortunately recognizes the value of music. There is a vibrant music scene, as well as sound healers, […]

Being Music

A few nights ago I was at an event in which we were invited to go on an inward journey with the assistance of a buffalo drum. As I listened to the drumming, I found myself becoming one with it- absorbed and enveloped in the sound waves in a way that I hadn’t experienced before. […]

Embodiment of Sound

Like all of us, I don’t always practice what I preach. Doing what I do for a living, I know about the healthful benefits of making music and how vocalizing is an effective way of relieving stress. Yet I don’t always practice that for myself. But today was different. Today I remembered to create time […]

Playing with Shadow

Shadow. What comes to mind when you think of that word? You may envision a shadow that is created when the path of a direct light source is obstructed by a physical object, but what I’d like to share with you today is the psychological understanding of “shadow.” In psychology, shadow is a concept that […]

Obstacles as Opportunity

Have you ever felt as though you were pushing up against an unmovable force? Sometimes we encounter obstacles in life that feel like they need overcoming, but yet in spite of our best efforts, nothing seems to happen. At these times we can feel angry, tired, defeated, scared, or maybe even more committed to “plow […]