Preparing your booth (with free downloads!)

Lately, we’ve been involved in a whirlwind of events (all great things, mind you!); one being the Golden Hat Foundation parade and celebration (more about the event and the wonderful organization, HERE).  Preparing Music Therapy of Austin’s booth for the event’s resource fair was both a head-scratcher and an exciting planning process.

The head-scratcher part:

How does one represent such a hands-on, individualized therapy in a way that accurately portrays the field to someone in what could be a two-second walk-by?

And how can I somehow extend those two seconds into a few minutes of conversation to convey and explain a field for which I am so passionate?

The exciting part:

The creative process of “putting it all together to fit on a 6 ft. folding table” is a challenge that I welcomed and became immediately jazzed about (jazzed…a word that I haven’t used in years…I should really pull this one out more often).

As I was picking out the few items, printing out the information cards, and ordering the marketing materials, I thought…”I should really share this process with other therapists out there who may have to go through the same thing in the future!”

Hence, my photo journal of what ended up going on the booth’s table, why I purchased it, and where I obtained the items (or how I made them).  I’m also including a couple of downloadable .pdfs for you music therapists to use, if you’d like!

Things I knew I wanted to do right away:

1. Create a booth with a “gold” theme (to go along with the Golden Hat Foundation), while still staying true to my logo and overall look/colors/image.

2. Have as many pictures as possible to “bring music therapy to life”, in a sense.  Seeing it in action and talking about it in person are two very different things.  If I can bring both, then hopefully, I’ll accurately portray this dream profession of mine.  (All photos used are with client/parent permission, of course!)

3. Provide an instrument petting zoo.  This is an idea gleaned from one of the music therapy message boards and I loved the thought of it!  Bring in a few instruments – but nothing too loud, overstimulating, valuable, or breakable – for the children (or adults!) to play as they walked by without being too bothersome to the other booths next to me…i.e., the cymbals are out :).

4. Engage people in a conversation about music therapy, why it is of value, how it can potentially help those on the autism spectrum, my philosophy as a music therapist and how Music Therapy Services of Austin, LLC, provides services.

The following video shows the final product.  We had a BLAST and it was such a great time getting to meet all of the families, volunteers, and other professionals!  Thank YOU!

As promised, a few .pdfs for music therapists or for parents/families who would like to download more information about music therapy and the materials/items/instruments we had at our table.  Feel free to use them, change them, crop them….whatever works best for your needs!

Download Handout 1

Download Handout 2

Download Product Guide

 

Happy Holidays from MTSA { my gift to you: FREE songs }

Happy holidays to all of my readers, clients, family, and friends!  This month’s MTSA newsletter included a downloadable handout full of holiday songs to use in your sessions or at home.  If you missed out, don’t worry!  You can still check out the newsletter below.

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Ben Folds attends AMTA Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
Music Therapists across the nation were honored to have Ben Folds in attendance!  For more info, check out last month’s newsletter!

 

My music therapy conference experience
{Click the picture above for a larger view}

This mash-up of words, friends, and ideas gleaned from sessions, basically sums up my AMTA 2011 Conference experience!For more info about the conference, click the “learn more” link below!

 

Music Therapy Open House at VMA!
December 3rd, 2011

Click here for all of the details regarding our TWO FREE sessions!MTSA is extremely honored to be a part of the Velocity Music Academy!

 

 

Monthly Blog Post
Each month, I have the opportunity to write a guest blog post for the wonderful website, “Today I Ate a Rainbow”.  Check out this month’s post by clicking the link above! (Post available for viewing on Nov. 28th)
Guest Blog Post
The Independent Clinician is a fantastic resource for all therapists – MTs, OTs, SLPs, PTs, etc.!  I recently had the pleasure of writing a guest blog post for the site, which will be “live” on Tuesday, Nov. 29th.

The Power ofSocial Media

Thanks to Twitter, I had the opportunity to eat with Ben Folds while he was at the music therapy conference!  Just another reason why everyone should hop aboard the social media train! 🙂

 

 

 

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