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Michelle Erfurt’s Secrets to Juggling It All

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This guest post comes from my friend and music therapist extraordinaire, Michelle Erfurt. As you will see, Michelle is involved in a TON of different music therapy-related projects. Not to mention, she just recently had a baby. Check out what she has to say, and what is working for her right now. A big thank you to Michelle for writing this up! -Matt Sometimes my music therapy colleagues give me the BIGGEST compliment – they ask me, “How do you do it all?” How flattering is that?!?! But I guess…

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More Tips for an Intern

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Caitlin, the author of yesterday’s post (5 Things to Do Before the End of Internship) also sent along this little bonus section. I think everyone can benefit from this list of tips! BONUS Section! Staying centered during your final days of internship. For a yoga fanatic such as myself, I am constantly pursuing my center!  The craziness of growing up can often be over whelming; here are some quick tips to keeping a healthy mind, body and spirit. Mind SLEEP. Sleep is essential for a sharp mind and happy intern….

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5 Things To Do Before The End of Internship

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It is my pleasure to share a guest post by my friend and fellow Iowa alum, Caitlin Krater. Caitlin recently finished her internship in Indianapolis, and will begin working on a research project with Sheri Robb, PhD, MT-BC, in February. We all remember the craziness that is internship, as well as the slightly terrifying question, “Well, what next?” In this guest post, Caitlin provides some great tips to those who are currently in the internship stage or who will be soon. Enjoy! You have worked hard to complete your coursework,…

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Judy Simpson on Government Relations

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Judy Simpson is the authority on government relations. This article may appear on other blogs, but I want as many people to see it as possible. Read on to see how YOU can be an advocate for music therapy! -Matt You Want ME to Do Government Relations? Judy Simpson, MT-BC Early in my music therapy career, I was asked to serve on the association’s government relations committee.  I declined, as I didn’t think I knew enough about “government relations” to be a strong representative for my region. No one told…

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Guest Work: Research and ASD Techniques

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This is an article by my colleague and fellow music therapist, Denise Coovert.  She works with many populations, but specializes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  This is a review of a recent research article out of the Journal of Music Therapy.  She reminds us of the importance of staying up to date on research-based techniques and applying them in our practice.  Thanks for the summary! “Effect of ‘Developmental Speech and Language Training Through Music’ on Speech Production in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” by Hayoung A. Lim, PhD, MT-BC,…

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Advocacy Essay – First Winner!

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Congratulations to Andrew Littlefield of The Florida State University, who submitted the only essay for the first Student and Intern Support Project.  I realize the timing may have been bad for many students, with finals and other end of the year stressors.  Andrew’s article is very good, and he will be receiving a $100 award from the American Music Therapy Association of Students.  I encourage more to apply to future contests!  Congrats, Andrew! An Essay on Advocacy By Andrew Littlefield Being a relatively small (and frequently misunderstood) profession, music therapists…

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Guest Work – Iosif Kartapanis

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This is a post from Iosif Kartapanis, a music therapist who did his training in the USA but recently established his own private practice in Cyprus. I asked him to write a post because international perspectives are valuable in understanding the global impact and diversity of our profession. He will be writing more, and I encourage you to comment and ask questions. He will be a great resource for anyone thinking of working outside the United States. Thanks, Iosif! ___________________________________________________________________________________________ I met Matt at the last AMTA National conference. He…

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Guest Work – Erin Breedlove – A Student Perspective

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As part of an effort to include multiple perspectives on Music Therapy Source, I have invited a few individuals to write guest articles.  This is the first.  You may see more of these soon!  And, in other site news, we will be announcing an exciting new program for students and interns which will launch in mid-March.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Erin Breedlove is a music therapy student who also hosts a successful blog, Empower People Change Lives.  She has quite an interesting bio, but I…

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