Lessons Learned at 10,000 Feet

Lessons Learned at10,000 Feet



Joyful MelodiesI recently traveled with my husband and some friends of ours to Great Basin National Park, where we attended a friend’s wedding on a mountain.  It was the most unique wedding I’ve ever experienced, complete with mountain hiking, a cave tour, s’mores around the campfire, and no cellular service.  There was an excess of nice cameras, so I was invited to play amateur photographer, too, which was a lot of fun!

After two nights in the park, we drove a few hours and spent a couple of days visiting Salt Lake City.  We explored the city, did even more mountain hiking, and just enjoyed spending grown-up time together without kids. Continue reading

Busy September

Hi everyone!  It has been a while between blog posts, but Joyful Melodies has been busier than ever.

Joyful Melodies Music TherapyOne of my bucket list items was checked off recently when I was interviewed for the Guitars & Granola Bars podcast.  The podcast is hosted by Rachel Rambach, a music therapist in Illinois, and is about music therapy and motherhood.  Find out more and take a listen here. 





Joyful Melodies has begun contracting with a mortuary to provide music therapy groups to older adults in assisted living and other senior facilities.   It may sound strange, but it has been a fantastic partnership!  It’s such fun to sing oldies and play instruments with these wonderful seniors.Joyful Melodies Music Therapy

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Self Care

These past few months have been very busy.  I continue to work my full-time music therapy job at the children’s hospital while growing Joyful Melodies and raising my daughter, who turned 1 on May first.  I love all of these things dearly.  However, after months of almost nonstop attention to my full-time job, my business, or my family, I realized that I needed to be more mindful about caring for myself.

Nurturing yourself is the key to having a healthy, happy life.

No matter what our life circumstances, we all need and deserve to spend some time taking care of ourselves.  This is especially important if you take care of other people in your personal life or as part of your job.  Here are some things I have done to care for myself: Continue reading

Make Joyful Melodies

Welcome to the Joyful Melodies blog!

IMG_9314 (1)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 critic Continue reading