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Successes | Rett Syndrome Treatment Session

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Rett Syndrome Patient: DV, female, age 16 Therapy Setting: Public school setting Intervention Type: Individual Intervention Method: Improvisational music-making, movement Academic Goals: Assigned-task focus, instruction following, task-to-task transition Motor Goals: Sensory awareness, find and gross motor skills Social Goals: Interpersonal…

Successes | Coronary Bypass Treatment Session

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Coronary bypass Patient: JJ, female, age 65 Therapy Setting: Medical setting Intervention Type: Individual Intervention Method: Meditative music-making, relaxation Therapeutic Goals: Relaxation, social support JJ had heard about music therapy and specifically requested a visit before she left the hospital….

Successes | Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Sessions

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Traumatic brain injury, visual impairment Patient: Ben, male, age 29 Therapy Setting: Residential rehabilitation center Intervention Type: Individual Intervention Method: Lyric analysis, songwriting, therapeutic singing Academic Goals: Cognitive sustainability, memory recall Motor Goals: Balance, breath support, right- and left-hand coordination…

Assignment Highlight | Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Patient: DM, female, 60s Therapy Setting: Medical facility Intervention Type: Individual DM’s diagnosis required precautions: gloves, mask, and gown. Upon entry of the music therapist and interns, DM was sitting on her bed. She was extremely…

Assignment Highlight | Abdominal Cancer

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Abdominal cancer pain Patient: RD, female, 60s Therapy Setting: Medical facility Intervention Type: Individual I was working with a fellow therapist who had brought her cello. It was a real treat to hear her play at bedside for all who…

Assignment Highlight | Traumatic Brain Injury

Music Therapist Journal Medical Diagnosis: Traumatic brain injury resulting from motorcycle accident Patient: RD, male, age 26 Therapy Setting: Medical facility Intervention Type: Individual neurologic music therapy (NMT) techniques Goal 1: Use left-hand (injury deficit) pincer/palmar grasp coordination Technique 1: Hold mallet to play instrument…

Assignment Highlight | End of Life

Music Therapist Journal — Hospice Angels Medical Diagnosis: Failure to thrive, depression, macular degeneration Patient: Sharon, female, from age 98 to 101 Therapy Setting: Hospice Intervention Type: Individual Sharon loved music, had played the piano when she was a child, and later in life, took…

Spotify: The Ultimate Music Resource

By Esther Craven Imagine a world where you can walk up to your computer, search for any song and immediately begin listening. Imagine iTunes, but no purchase required– only an internet connection. This is Spotify; the future of digital music. It sounds too good to be true– but the only “catch” is…

Alumni Interview: Maya Zebley

Maya Zebley is one of those people that you can’t miss; she is originally from Israel and touts a head full of curly hair and wisdom. From the moment I started talking with Maya, I could tell she had not only a big personality, but…

Alumni Interview: Abbey Dvorak, #40

Esther Craven, intern #125 interviewing Abbey Dvorak, intern alumni #40. “Abbey Dvorak and I met at the AMTA conference in Jacksonville, Florida this past November. During the following interview, she left me with several relatable stories and truly encouraging words for current interns. She saves…