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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, […]

89 years young

My long-time music therapy friend Wilbur Lee Hargis celebrates his 89th birthday in July. As Wilbur would tell you, “I was born on the eleventh of July in the year nineteen hundred and twenty-eight.” The story of Wilbur’s life is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. My husband Ed Knoll and I met Wilbur in 1975 when […]

From Music Therapy to Life

One of my major responsibilities as a music therapist is to help my friends develop interests, skills, and adaptions helpful in their daily lives…for the rest of their lives. Take, for example, my friend G. She is challenged with a significant hearing loss as well as limitations in communication, academics, motor skills, and behavior. She […]

4 FAQs about CMTEs

(#1) Do I have time to earn CMTE credits for my June 30 recertification? YES! In keeping with CBMT requirements, our self-study e-courses are designed to take just 50 minutes of study for each CMTE credit.  And we can literally accept CMTE assignments and evaluations via email until 11:59 p.m. n June 30. (#2) […]

Let’s Face It…

Music therapists are pulled in many directions. We must be skilled musicians and competent clinicians. We must remain up-to-date about research in music therapy and related fields, trends in music and technology, professional issues, and state-of-the-art treatment and interventions for a wide variety of disabilities, All of this happens in the midst of our focus […]

Classics ROCK!

CLASSICS ROCK! Nearly all of my 3-to-22 year old MT friends have ready access to iPads at school and/or at home, but they are still intrigued when I pull an “old-fashioned” books, folders, instruments, and other good hands-on stuff out of my “What Is It?” bag during a music therapy session. For example, this laminated […]


I am pleased to share music therapy adventures with the folks pictured here and many others in groups or individual sessions every week during the school year. This week,  we are singing the last rowdy rendition of “We’re Great!” and “See You Later, Alligator” with individuals and groups as we prepare to dive into summer, […]