Music Therapy with Mexican Communities

In keeping with our multicultural theme from last month, we have decided to explore some aspects of Music Therapy work with Hispanic communities, specifically Mexican. Shannon Balcom, MT-BC has been a professional Music Therapist for 4 years, all the while working with Hospice agencies in San Diego (which is a great place to learn about … Continue reading Music Therapy with Mexican Communities

April – Service Trips in Music Therapy

Good Evening Folks,         This month on the blog, we will be exploring service projects with music therapy!  I had the privilege to speak with Amy Dunlap, MM, MT-BC about her experiences travelling abroad while practicing as a music therapist.         Amy is a master’s level music therapist who completed her studies at Ohio University … Continue reading April – Service Trips in Music Therapy

Tree Sessions

Tree Sessions Spring is a time of great awakening for the Earth. It is a magical time when the barren trees start to grow leaves and wildflowers sprout from the ground. This is a great opportunity to plan sessions around topics related to the Earth. For Early Childhood populations, or clients who suffer from cognitive … Continue reading Tree Sessions

St. Patrick’s Day (and other holidays)

Greetings All, One easy way to organize a theme is around a holiday.  Whether that holiday is well known (3/17--St. Patrick's Day), or perhaps a little more obscure (3/25--Greek Independence Day), a holiday theme can be a way to focus a session on something concrete.  This can provide a narrow focus for a clinician who … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day (and other holidays)

Reharmonization Project

Hello Musicians! This month we are covering some topics under the umbrella of the genre Jazz. So let’s review for a minute. In my first post, I explained a little bit about HOW Jazz harmonization is derived from traditional triads. I did this by sharing a project I saw on a youtube tutorial, reharmonizing the … Continue reading Reharmonization Project

Jazz Roots and Improvisation

Before we can move forward talking about Jazz--let's acknowledge where it came from.  We chose Jazz as our monthly theme because February is Black History Month, and Jazz is a genre that has deep roots in African American culture.  When one considers any art form that is steeped in culture, as Jazz is, it is one's … Continue reading Jazz Roots and Improvisation