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Cyber.4.You

Attention Music therapy professionals, students, & interns: Send me an email between midnight & midnight on Mon Nov 27 telling me which of our popular and highly-rated e-courses you want to receive as a Cyber.Mon.2017 gift from you MT-BC colleagues at MusicWorksPublications.com. Take the self-study e-course on your own schedule to sharpen your clinical skills […]

Singing the “Black Friday Blues”

The annual holiday shopping season in our corner of the world typically begins the day after Thanksgiving. The hustle and bustle of the scramble to meet deadlines for gifts and bargains is daunting for everyone, but it seems to be particularly unnerving for some individuals with autism. Long lines, crowded stores, congested parking lots, and […]

Betcha didn’t!

BETCHA DIDN’T!! Whether you were in St Louis at #AMTA17 this past week or not, I betcha you didn’t have as much fun as I did rocking Chuck Barry riffs in the MT Guitar Bombardment. And how thrilling to have opportunities at our annual American Music Therapy Association conference to explore the many ways music […]

Challenging Behaviors in MT

As a freshman music therapy major in 1969, I honestly believed music would make everyone love their neighbor, and harmonious music would bring world peace. Seriously. It didn’t take long to learn my “music-cures-all-ills” theory was off-track. But, fortunately, during my music therapy internship and in the 4+ decades of clinical work since, I learned […]

Treat, not Trick

TREAT, not TRICK! On this Spooks Day, 2017, we offer our fellow music therapists – professionals, interns, and students – a special treat from MusicWorksPublications.com with no tricks attached. Just zip me an email <CathyKnoll@MusicWorksPublications.com> before midnight PDT on 10-31-17 telling me which of our popular, highly-rated, practical e-courses you want to receive as a […]

Making Real Music

For a variety of reasons, some of my music therapy friends find it particularly challenging to make their own music or to participate actively in group music experiences. These individuals – from toddlers to octogenarians – have significant physical or cognitive limitations or other issues resulting in minimal ability to sing, play instruments, engage in […]

Inside Hospice

The day before her 91st birthday in early September, 2017, my sweet mama-in-law, Monta, moved into our home so we could provide personal hospice care. The past few weeks have had some very rough spots, but we’ve also had time to visit face-to-face with family in person and via internet, to share stories and memories, […]

Get Out Quick!

What would you grab in the event you and your family member with special needs were required to suddenly leave your home? Some people were faced with 10-minute evacuation orders in the recent Hurricane Harvey, and others may face the same issue as Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida. Take a close look at these six […]

Be Prepared

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods. wildfires, earthquakes, blizzards, and more. Natural disasters are reminders of the need for an emergency plan for all families and caregivers, and especially those caring for individuals with special needs. A parent of one of my music therapy friends, a preteen diagnosed with autism, commented, “It would be nice to have a […]

Adapting Electric Guitar in Music Therapy

One of the keys to the music aspect of my music therapy sessions over the past 4-plus decades has been teaching my friends to play real instruments. Nearly every person seems to enjoy playing a real violin, piano, drum, banjo, guitar, harmonica, or other instrument. And, if I adapt the music and instrument just right, […]