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World Music Therapy Day

I can’t speak for the whole world, but I’ve certainly seen music therapy make a big difference in the lives of many, many individuals in this little corner of the world over the past 4 decades. Music meets each individual on their own terms, captures attention, encourages reciprocal communication and participation and interaction, and provides […]

Adapting Guitar for Musicians with Down Syndrome

Post by Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC. ~ A music therapist recently posted this question on the MT Unite! Facebook group, “Does anyone have experience teaching guitar to a student with Down Syndrome? What books or method do you use?” Lots of music therapy colleagues posted great ideas. Here are six VIP points that come to […]

Celebrating the dawn of the new year

MIDNIGHT! For the past 30 years or so, Dellinda Henry and I have celebrated New Year’s Eve by helping our MT-BC colleagues finish up the requirements for submission to CBMT – the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Midnight, Dec 31, 2017 is the deadline for a number of Board Certified Music Therapists who are reaching […]


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 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 with no tricks attached. Just zip me an email <> 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, […]