First Journal Article Published! (And a marriage!)

I am extremely honored to be a part of this published article, “The Music Experiences and Attitudes of a First Cohort of Prelingually Deaf Adolescent and Young Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients”.  The article recently appeared in the Seminars in Hearing Journal.

Not only is it the first article on which my name has been listed as an author, it is a great study that will help further the understanding of cochlear implants and music perception and experiences!

Interested in learning more about the article?  Here it is!

I will be the first to admit that my role in this project was a minor one (I give all of the credit to Dr. Gfeller and Virginia Driscoll!), but it was an amazing experience to be a part of the testing and team involved…and to witness fantastic, seasoned researchers in action.

Additionally, Christina Scheperle, the 4th author on this article, is another music therapist and a dear, dear friend.  As a side note, I had the absolute honor of standing beside her at her wedding this past weekend (and thanks to all of my clients who so willingly made up their sessions at different times to accommodate my travels!).

What music therapists do on weekends: cheer on their fellow music therapists as they marry another fabulous musician! 🙂

The wedding day! She’s not only NMT and MT-BC, she’s also now a MRS.

2011: The Year of Music Therapy

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the last 12 months of our lives…

…and I must say…

The year 2011 can be referred to as,

“The year music therapy was ALL OVER THE NEWS”


With movies, books, and celebrity promotors, music therapy has been hard to miss!
Here are just a few of the recent articles and videos
that have appeared in the last year:


Article: Music therapy eases patients’ pain, helps on road to recovery

Video: Facing Rehab: Exhaustion, Exhilaration and Love.  

Article/Video: Music therapy eases patients’ pain, helps on road to recovery

Article: Initial stages of rehab keeping Giffords busy  “Neurologic music is a therapy – often talked about for Giffords – that involves playing music for patients to help stimulate their brain. It also helps speech as patients mouth or sing the words of songs.”


Article: Music therapist enriches the lives of special-needs teens and adults

Article: Hospital Selected For Therapy Grant 

Video/Article: Inside Giffords’ rehab: Hard work, hard questions

Video: A healing note: Music therapy


Book: (main character is a MT) Sing You Home debuts at #1 on the USA Today book list, and at #1 on the NYT print & e-book list!

Article/Video: Music Therapy Helps Gabrielle Giffords Find Her Voice After Tucson Shooting 


Article: Educating communities about evidenced-based benefits of music therapy


Photos: Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy students travel to Guatemala for a service learning program at a local orphanage 

Article: Don’t Write Off Dementia Patients (Wall Street Journal)


Article: What Is Music Therapy? (Huffington Post)

Blurb: Music Therapy Licensure Legislation Signed into Law 


Article: Alan Cumming Tunes Into Music Therapy:  The Scottish actor and voice behind Gutsy the Smurf helps cancer patients through music, advocacy.

Article: Music therapy moving toward licensure in state 

Article: Relaxing, Touching the Memory, Music Helps With the Final Transition 

Article: Music Therapy Helps Facilitate the Field’s First Licensure Law 


Movie: Movie featuring a music therapist released on DVD: The music never stopped named 2011 official selection of the Sundance Film Festival

Article: Doctor, Can You Prescribe Me Some Mozart? 

Article: Music Therapy May Aid Brain-Damaged Patients 


Video: Music Therapy for Seniors


Article: Music Alters Autism Therapy 

Article: Chemo, radiation, and song:  Music therapy is gaining acceptance as a way to help cancer patients feel better 

Video: Music therapy hitting right notes for patient

Article on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Blog: Speech-Language Therapy and Music Therapy Collaboration 


Article: Music therapy plays role in Giffords recovery

Video: Ben Folds saying a few words to music therapists at the national music therapy conference in Atlanta, Georgia 

Article: Meet therapy team helping Giffords

Video/Article: Gabby Giffords: Finding Words Through Song 

Video:  Healing with Music Therapy 

Article: Music therapy a big hit with patients at local hospital

Article/Audio/ Video: Down syndrome and music therapy 

Video/Article: Music therapy can help retrain an injured brain


Article: Music therapy heals the ill and calms Soledad prison inmates in real, measurable ways. 

Article: Music Therapy helps Mt. Evelyn woman dull pain 

Radio:  Music Therapy Featured on NPR’s Science Friday 



Here’s to EVEN MORE music therapy news in 2012