Music Therapy and Emotional Trauma

My first real opportunity to work with individuals who had experienced severe trauma and abuse was during my clinical internship at Oregon State Hospital. During this time I had the extremely challenging experience of working with institutionalized children and teens...

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The Power of Adaptive Music at NMTS

Adaptive vs Traditional Traditional education methods expect that students adapt to a set curriculum. If a student cannot show understanding or grasp the curriculum then he or she is not considered as “successful” when measured against his or her peers. The curriculum...

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Ways to Connect during Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Does someone in your life have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? It can feel overwhelming when our loved ones have difficulty remembering our names, who we are, and how to speak or perform activities of daily living. It may feel dementia has robbed your loved one of...

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Mental Health and Music Therapy

Did you know that May is national Mental Health Awareness Month? This year’s theme is “Living With a Mental Illness.” Using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike, people around the country are sharing their personal stories of living with anxiety, bipolar disorder,...

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A Beautiful Harmony: Music & Autism

Michael Lahnala is like many 25-year-olds his age: he looks forward to graduating from college, has a full time job, is passionate for politics, loves music and the internet. By many standards Michael is a successful and productive member of society; however, when...

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Healing through Songwriting

I recently read this story about a boy who wanted to write a song about his mom’s breast cancer. He wrote down the words to his song on a piece of paper, and put the paper in a CD player, hoping the CD player would play the...

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How to Use Music for Deeper Relaxation

Music has an extraordinary ability to enhance our lives in all aspects. At Note-Able Music Therapy Services, we use music as a therapeutic tool to help improve people’s lives. When used intentionally, music can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and relieve stress....

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Noodles and Notes is almost here!

This video is of the last rehearsal of one of our dance classes working on choreography to Balkan Beat Box before Noodles and Notes tomorrow. So fun! Noodles and Notes is a great event! All of our classes have been practicing their songs for months in preparation for...

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Using Music at Home with Kids

As a music therapist, I am always on the lookout for new musical materials and ideas to use in my sessions. After running into a colleague of mine at the Boston Neurologic Music Therapy Training, I was introduced to a series of helpful videos about how to use music...

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