Free Music Events for Toddlers!

Joyful Melodies will be hosing some free events soon!  Have you considered getting your young child involved in a music class?  Try one out at Darrin’s Coffee Company on Monday, January 16 at 12:30.  Feed your kids lunch and then bring them over to Darrin’s to get them good and tired out, ready for a great afternoon nap.

Joyful Melodies is known for our Intergenerational Music Classes!  There is something magical Continue reading

Advocating to Staff

Music Therapy Staff Members In my experience, there are three main components of successful advocacy: educate by demonstrating, know your audience, and make personal connections.  I’ve found that presentations can be a great tool for advocating, but the best way to really help people understand your work is through 1:1 interactions.  In the next three posts, I’ll focus on how I advocate to different types of people.  This post describes my advocacy approach to staff members and colleagues.

Educate by demonstrating

I’ve found that simply demonstrating what music therapy can do can be much more effective than giving lengthy explanations.  For example, before any music therapy session in the hospital, I approach the patient’s nurse (let’s call her Ashley)  to get her permission to enter the room.  I could walk up to Ashley and say, “Hi!  I’m a board-certified music therapist.  I was referred to see your patient because of pain.  Music therapy can help with pain in a variety of ways, such as providing alternative engagement to decrease perception of pain and promoting relaxation.  Is Continue reading

Your Guide to Advocacy Zen

January is Social Media Advocacy Month for music therapists!

The following post is an introduction to advocacy for music therapists provided by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.  I will be participating in Social Media Advocacy Month by focusing on my own journey as a music therapist advocating for her field.  I hope these posts help you to get to know me and my style of advocacy and to gain a better understanding of the field of music therapy.  Thanks for reading!

With joy,

Lauren Continue reading