Information that you can trust – Part two

Are you thought you were confused?

Confusion - uh ha!

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After the last post I have been struggling to configure this next post.  Do I make the post specifically relevant to MTs or to the public, do I separate out blogs and websites or do I just continue listing resources in a simply organized manner?  I simply can’t decide so I am going with the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) method.

Information sites for both MTs and the Public (con’t)

Mentioned in the previous post in this series
American Music Therapy Association (
World Federation of Music Therapy Association (
Voices (

Imagine – on online magazine about early childhood education and music therapy sponsored by the aforementioned AMTA.  A new edition is due out September 2011.

Nordic Journal of Music Therapy – this semi-annual journal is based on a subscription but some of the content is available via the internet for free.

Society for Arts in Healthcare – I can’t put it any better than this so here is a quote from their website:

Arts in healthcare is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming the healthcare experience by connecting people with the power of the arts at key moments in their lives. This rapidly growing field integrates the arts, including literary, performing, and visual arts and design, into a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.

As the profession of music therapy has grown it has become more specialized, in a fashion similar to the medical community where you might be a M.D. as well as a Neurosurgeon or Pediatric Oncologist.  Here are a few links to some prominent specialties or subsets of music therapy practice for both professionals and public alike.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy (NR-MT) – this technique evolved out of the work of Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins.  The video and clinical evidence to support their work is simply astounding and presentations about NR-MT are among the most popular, and sought out, at MT conferences.  NR-MT is a truly global organization with centres in the US, England, Scotland, and Australia and various individual with NR-MT training.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT) – this technique is directed at, as the title suggests, working with preemies in the NICU.  Pioneered largely by Jane Standley, a music therapist and long-serving educator at Florida State University, it recently obtained funding to patent and produce the “pacifier activated soother”, an important tool, “used in the NICU to teach premature infants the suck-swallow-breath reflex using music as a contingency” (

What is it with music therapists and techiques starting with the letter N?

Neurological Music Therapy – this series of specialized techniques recently gained new found attention for the role it has/and will play in the rehabilitation of US Senator Gabrielle Giffords, after she was shot in the head at point blank range.  However, it originally started as a technique called Rhythmic Assisted Sensorimotor Gait Training, used to assist persons with Parkinson’s, particularly involving gait and movement issues.  I, personally will be taking the NMT training this coming October at the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurological Music Therapy in Fort Collins, CO.

Therapeutic Drumming – There are a number of therapeutic drumming initiatives out there.  The first, created by music therapist Christine Stevens, was and is promoted through Remo (yes, that REMO – drum manufacturer extraordinaire).  It is called HealthRhythms.  More recently, a drumming dynamo named Kat Fulton has stormed the music therapy world through her individual passion, her company and blog entitled, Rhythm for Good.  Her video blog series called Rhythm Renegades is definitely worth the watch.  Finally, I am going to mention Kalani.  A percussionist and music therapist, he has also contributed to the World Federation of Music Therapy International Library of Music/Rhythms

I can’t leave today’s post without mentioning a new resource that I have yet to see!  I know the three gals behind this new resource (who each blog, run successful MT businesses, and present at national and international MT conferences) from their work on the Music Therapy Roundtable, a ongoing series of podcasts about music therapy.   Hence, I have no trouble recommending this forthcoming resource, simply entitled Music Therapy Pro.

Music Therapy Pro (Screenshot)

Launch information for Music Therapy Pro

That is it for today’s post! 

I will be doing one more post in this series in the course of the next week.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed above are my own.  I have not been paid nor encouraged in any way to provide these resource links.  My professional experience includes 16 years as a music therapist and educator.  I am also a member of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) and co-chairperson of the Online Conference for Music Therapy 2012 (OCMT2012) set for Feb. 18th, 2012.  The theme of the conference will be One World, One Song.

About John Lawrence

I am a music therapist by profession. I also enjoy backpacking, jazz, and photography.
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1 Response to Information that you can trust – Part two

  1. Amanda says:

    Great resources, John! I didn’t know anyone was keeping track of all these! 🙂

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