Welcome to the Joyful Melodies blog!
I was taking a walk with my daughter and my dog yesterday and found myself struggling to decide what to write in this post. What do I want this blog to become? Who do I want to read it? What do I want to share, and what do people want to read?
I have been a music therapist since 2008. Since then I have worked with well children and families in the community, on a pediatric cancer unit, in a pediatric emergency department, in various other inpatient and outpatient hospital areas, and in pediatric intensive care units. I have helped parents bond with their medically fragile children, played Taylor Swift songs on my guitar with children recovering from serious injuries, written lullabies with parents whose babies are critically ill, played calming guitar music to keep a room peaceful during a stressful procedure, led music groups for children who are well and children who are ill, and sung as patients pass away and families grieve. I have led caregiver support groups and presented about music therapy. I have adopted a dog, gotten engaged and married, given birth to our daughter, and started a business.
Each of these experiences has been a blessing in my life, and I want to share what I’ve learned with you. Parents, caregivers, people who work with children, people who work with people who have special needs, creative arts therapists, and creative arts therapy students may all find something valuable. The Joyful Melodies blog will provide tips and resources for using music to promote wellness in yourself and in others. I’ll also share stories about my journey as a music therapist, mother, and business owner.
Joyful Melodies was created to spread joy through music. To encourage positive family relationships and help children grow and develop. To empower parents and childcare workers to lovingly bond with their children through music. To provide comfort and peace where there is stress. To give those without a voice a way to express themselves through music. To celebrate the special uniqueness of every person. To make Joyful Melodies!
I hope this blog inspires you to make some joyful melodies of your own!