Intervention Spotlight: Heart Beat Recording

Music Therapy

I HAVE to tell you about this new music therapy intervention I’ve been using.  I learned about it about a year ago from a music therapist who works for a hospice company.  He and I both were guest lecturers for a college music therapy class, and he demonstrated this intervention during his lecture.

He recorded my unborn baby’s heart beat into his iPad, recorded the class and I singing “You Are My Sunshine,” and layered the music on top of the heart beat.


I finally got one of these fetal dopplers and figured out how to connect it to my iPad, and now Continue reading

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