Blogs

Beginner’s Mandala Manual

By Sarah Murrin, MusicWorx Intern The mandala is an intricate tool that has rich meaning and history. One of the most cherished visual objects in Tibetan Buddhism, the mandala's purpose is to assist the transformation from ordinary minds into enlightened ones and to support the...

Unpopular Opinion: Music is NOT a Universal Language

By Lindsy Lev, MusicWorx Intern Picture this: you’ve just had a great session with an older adult with dementia. The moment you started singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, your client lit up and sang along to all the words. The staff is impressed; they...

Navigating Program Development

Special Project(s): A Lesson in Navigating Program Development By Katie Rahn, MusicWorx Intern MusicWorx Intern, Katie Rahn, discusses the step-by-step processes and lessons learned from her two special projects during internship: developing a pilot music therapy program at a local San Diego detention and reentry...

Resounding Resilience

A pilot music therapy program with at-risk youth By Meera Sinha and Betsy Gifford, MusicWorx Interns Meera One of the most unique aspects of an internship at MusicWorx, Inc. is the opportunity to develop and implement your own program. Some interns choose to embark on...

An Intern’s Guide to Self-Care

By Katie Rahn, MusicWorx Intern “Make sure you’re practicing good self-care!” A common phrase that we are all too familiar with, repeatedly told to us by our professors, colleagues, family members and social media… but do we know what it actually means? Self-care isn’t all...

Caring for Caregivers

By Elizabeth Mendez, MusicWorx Intern Caroline’s 28th birthday. Family, given or chosen, shapes who we are and makes sacrifices to keep us moving forward. I grew up in a family with two parents and two older sisters. My middle sister, Caroline, has Autism Spectrum Disorder,...

For Interns, By Interns

Part One: Learning From 123 of My Peers By Allison Nocita, MusicWorx Intern My vision for this project is to provide resources that will support students and help them make the most of their internship experience. Music therapy internship is a whirlwind transition from student...

Coping with Loss as a Music Therapist

By Meera Sinha, MusicWorx Intern The following blog post covers heavy topics such as experiencing cumulative grief in healthcare professions, witnessing death, and coping with loss. End-of-life music therapy Oftentimes, folks don’t realize the weight that can be involved in music therapy. We think of...

Money Money Money….in a Music Therapist’s World

By Betsy Gifford, MusicWorx Intern When I first decided to major in music therapy in college, one of the first questions my family asked me was, “Does insurance cover that?” (Cue one of the most avoided questions of my college career….)  “Uh, yeah I think...