Monday, April 23, 2012

ADVOCACY

Hi readers. It's me again. and I'd like to talk about taking a stand.  That's what Music Therapy Advocacy means to me....today on April 23rd, 2012.  It means so many other things too but as life deals it, it can either take a back seat or zoom to the front and be the hot ticket.  I recently heard that more funding cuts may be taking place in the near future and I may loose a really special group that I treat.  This is terrible news.  AND the frustrating part is that there isn't always a clear easy way to oppose things like funding cuts.  Sometimes I get a little down in the dumps about it and I feel like my voice is lost.
HOWEVER.... The worst thing is to do nothing. Don't do that.
Here is what I suggest.  
1. Contact your MT comrades.  Chances are they've been through this too and may have info to assist you.
2.  Know your stuff. Don't be on the sidelines unsure as to what is happening. Make phone calls and have conversations with real people, those funding agents and agencies...you know, where you send your paperwork, billing and progress updates. Jump out of the easy email format and make your actual voice heard plus have your questions answered faster than email!!!
3.  Research ways to advocate for your clients.  Start HERE.  CBMT has an excellent compilation of the recent Social Media Advocacy Project which happened this past January.  So really, I'm a little late in posting this I guess. 
4.  Check out who's in your MT State Task Force. Chances are you might even know them. I found Melanie when I searched for mine.
5.  Write to your state representatives and state your case asking for their support of music therapy.
6. Don't give up. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Oh Yeah.

NPR just ran this piece and it hits pretty close to home. Funding cuts, nursing homes, music and healing and even ipods. An ipod project was started with customized music on it for each person revealing wonderful responses and the older generation coming to life in less than stimulating environments.  Of course the live music format is preferred but , this guy, Dan Cohen is on to something. He's a social worker who started a non-profit called Music and Memory where he gives individuals in nursing homes ipods with their preferred music on it. He is also featured in a  Documentary called Alive Inside.  Wonderful stuff. Check it out. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Super MTs

If you are a music therapist and you haven't come across these three ladies (Michelle Erfurt, Kimberly S. Moore and Rachel Rambach), you may be out of the loop. They may just be the MTs with the most online presence I've come across.  So first of all, wonderful compliments and three cheers etc for these lovely people. The each have wonderful sites of their own but I snagged this image off of their colaborative website...
The latest podcast focuses on public speaking which is probably my biggest professional fear. It's refreshing to hear someone like Rachel Rambach admit that she is not comfortable with public speaking...and of course it's yet again impressive to hear how the other two are pretty comfortable if not enthusiastic about it.  
Totally worth checking out.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

NEW WEBSITE YALLS!

I really like this site. It was easy to put together and I'm even considering paying the upgrade to get my own domain name. I made it in one morning on wix.com.  Check it out and let me know what you think!