Happy happy happy Summer!! And for those of you headed into a new school year, Good Luck! YOU GOT THIS! I am FULL of all kinds of excitement in my bones because this has been a really amazing summer for me with a lot of diverse experiences, as well as the news that my little … Continue reading 52 SONGS


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

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

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

Interview With Jazz Musician: Kevin Johnson

Welcome to week 2 of our February theme: Jazz music! Today I would like to address the subject of why we should be using this genre in clinical practice. We are at a very interesting turning point for music therapy as far as jazz music is concerned. Patient preferred music is often most beneficial for … Continue reading Interview With Jazz Musician: Kevin Johnson

February Theme – All That Jazz

Hello Musicians! Welcome to the month of February! With only 28 days in the dead of winter, this month tends to feel a whole longer than it is. Unfortunately, it will not be nearly long enough to thoroughly cover our new theme, which is the music genre JAZZ! We will be sharing tips and strategies … Continue reading February Theme – All That Jazz