Drumming to Get Unstuck

Sometimes it can be difficult to move forward in life. We can feel stuck. Our thoughts and feelings prevent us from taking action. In this video, I talk a bit about how playing a buffalo drum can be an effective way for moving stuck energy in our bodies, leading to new insights. If you’re feeling […]

Start the New Year with Music!

Sounding in a New Year of Community Wellness Groups I think that many would agree that 2016 has been a challenging year. As we get closer to the end of the year, your thoughts may be trying to figure out ways that you can make 2017 a better one for you. You want to feel […]

Listening to Sounds and Silence

Last week saw many beautiful days in Boulder, Colorado. On one of those days I made the trip into Boulder so that I could attend a Positive Aging lunch. Because the day was so beautiful, I decided to take advantage of being downtown and left Longmont early. Boulder Creek was calling my name, and I took a walk […]

Reflecting on Early Childhood Music Experiences

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This past session of early childhood music classes had a deep impact on me as I feel myself coming more into my own as an early childhood music instructor. With the holiday break before winter session, I am left reflecting on the growth that happened in the classes. With each new class, I find that […]

Hearing Yourself as Music

Listen Deeply to Yourself. You Are Music. Your Life is Music I am MUSIC? My LIFE is MUSIC? Have you ever thought about yourself as a musical composition? What comes to mind when you think of yourself from this point of view? It can be a strange thing if you haven’t considered it before. You may wonder, […]

Music Therapy and Trauma

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Everyone experiences challenges in life. Sometimes these challenges can provide us with great opportunities for personal growth. Yet sometimes these challenges can prove to be traumatic. If left untreated or unacknowledged, these experiences can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be debilitating because it has a physiological, mental, emotional, and social impact on […]

4 Ways to Mindfully Engage with Music and Sound

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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 […]

Personal Means of Evidence in End-of-Life Care

As I addressed previously in this blog post, there are a variety of ways that music can be used to enhance a person’s sense of health and well-being. Likewise, the practice of music therapy itself is incredibly diverse, with music therapists working from different orientations including: humanistic, psychodynamic, and music-centered, in addition to behavioral, medical, […]

The Magic of the Present Moment

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Many times we find ourselves stuck in the past or anticipating the future. Living life in this way can result in our feeling ungrounded or distracted. It takes us away from the magic that is the present moment, wherein we can experience life fully as it is. There are a variety of reasons as to […]