AMTA Conference!

We (Michelle and Rachel) presented at the AMTA national conference in Louisville last weekend and we could not have been more excited about it! Our topic was all about YOU: celebrating your unique talents, helping you hone in on your MT specialities, and demonstrating how you can package these skills and share them, in product form, with your colleagues and music therapists across the globe.

Sunday November 9, 2014, 9:15 – 10:15 am

Why YOU are Irreplaceable: HOW You Can Impact the Future of Music Therapy

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To our participants in the 9:15 session this morning: the email with your FREE e-books has been sent! If you do not receive it by tomorrow morning (and it is not hiding in your junk/spam folder), please email Rachel —-> rachel AT musictherapyebooks.com

Instruments, Tools, and Manipulatives used on 9/29/14

Here’s the WHAT, HOW, and WHY for materials used in my music therapy sessions on 9/29/14:

(CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO VIEW THE LINK WITH THE FULL DESCRIPTIONS)

 

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Meet the Author: Wade Richards

1. Your name:

Wade Richards, LCAT, MT-BC // Author of: Richards’ Modified Tuning for Adapted Guitar

 

2. Education/Background:

Bachelor of Science degree in music therapy and applied voice from S.U.N.Y at Fredonia.

 

Internship at the Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Binghamton, New York.

 

Throughout my colorful career, I have pursued additional training in Orff-Schulwerk, Neurologic Music Therapy, American Sign Language, and Performance Wellness. Currently, I am an instructor at the Eastman School of Music, and an owner of Spectrum Creative Arts in Rochester, NY. I also host the Time for Music website and co-host On-The-Go Studio podcast with Megan Resig.

 

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

Well since this was the 80’s, who didn’t I like? I still remember decorating my RECORD cabinet with stenciled lettering- so I took a look up in my attic just have to look at what artists I painted on: Madonna, George Michael, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, The Eurythmics, Prince- such great music!

 

4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

I love to share original songs and resources with other therapists and educators. I can’t help but smile when I walk through the halls and hear another therapist using a song I created with a student, or listen to a new adapted guitar student in a performance using my modified tuning.

 

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

For this book, Michelle Erfurt was instrumental in helping me through the process. She had great ideas for two of the hardest parts, the cover, and the title of the e-book. She was also very encouraging in moving me through the process and editing. Thanks Michelle!

 

6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy

I would have to say “Sing Together: Greetings and Goodbyes”since it includes a collection of original songs from a variety of outstanding music therapists and even a gifted music therapy client.

 

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

FASCINATING GUITAR EXPLORATION

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8. Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

This e-book is designed to provide the music therapist or music educator with ways to explore the guitar with a variety of different learners. Many students, previously unsuccessful with making music on the guitar, are able to play and grow their skills. Many chords that would never be available to some students, can now be part of their chord vocabulary and guitar creations.

 

9. What kinds of music therapy e-books would you like to see more of on MusicTherapyEbooks.com?

I love seeing original song and intervention ideas for a variety of ages and populations. Love to see more e-books for adult populations.

 

 10. Anything else you would like to add?

I wish I had more time to write more books for Music Therapy E-Books! I think I will try to set a goal of 1 new book each year!

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Meet the Author: Lorinda Jones

1 Your name:

Lorinda Jones

2 Education/Background:

Bachelor’s in Music Education, Oboe Major, Univ. of Ky
Master’s in Secondary Education, Music Emphasis, Univ. of Louisville
Master’s in Counseling, Western Kentucky University
Music Therapy Equivalency, Tenn Tech. University
Owner of Music Therapy Services of Central Kentucky since 1996 (children and adults, school setting, assisted living, daycare, nursing homes)
Taught practicum courses at University of Louisville
Part-time Music Performer, American and Celtic Folk Music

 

3 Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

Eagles

4 Why did you want to write an e-book?

I am starting to look more for e-books since I have a lot of my music organized in an app on the iPad.  I know others can use this format.

5 What was your process for developing your e-book?

It began as a printed document that I was putting together for a class I was teaching at a dulcimer week for adult beginners, including those in the Road Scholar program, and since I put this together completely in an electronic format, it was easy to make the decision to go with an e-book.

6 Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy

I keep the Guitar Songbook for Music Therapy by Kathryn Scheldt and Frances McClain on my desk at all times.
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7 How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

Organized, Sequential, Handbook

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

Anyone wanting to learn to play the dulcimer, or wanting to know how to implement the dulcimer more into their current programming.

9.  What kinds of music therapy e-books would you like to see more of on MusicTherapyEbooks.com?

Fake Books

10.  Anything else you would like to add?

I’m very excited to have this opportunity.  I have been considering doing an e-book since taking the technology course from Kat Fulton on MusicTherapyEd, and it was perfect timing to receive the invitation.  I’m thinking about the next one already!

Video Feature: My House ebook!

“The idea for the “My House” book was fueled by my desire to create a book for children on the autism spectrum that would be a vehicle for them to tell their own unique story about where they lived, who they lived with and the special people and things that were important in their lives. The book in its original form was introduced at a program in the Clawson Public Schools called The Starfish Project. This creative arts group was designed for children in the Autism classes and their peers in general education.”  – Lisa Barnett

 

 

Meet the Author: Lisa Barnett

1. Your name:

Lisa Barnett

 

2. Education/Background:

Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University in Music Therapy 1981.

I did my music therapy internship at Napa State Hospital and developed friends there that I still hold so very dear to this day!

I have worked in the public schools for over twenty-five years in the metro Detroit area and started my private practice Songs To Grow On four years ago.

 

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

The Who was my favorite band because we actually performed “Tommy” in junior high school. We had a very progressive music teacher for the time! My favorite artist was and still is Carole King and I hope to see “Beautiful” in New York City this September.

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4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

The “My House” was originally created as a custom ordered book.

After a presentation on the book at the Great Lakes Regional Music

Therapy Conference in 2012 I was approached by several music therapists who were interested in assembling the book themselves. That is when I consulted with my web designer about the possibility of offering the book as a downloadable PDF. Since it became available as a downloadable entity I have found an audience of parents and teachers that have been interested in assembling the books for their children and students. I am so excited that the book is now available to a wider audience.

 

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

The idea for the “My House” book was fueled by my desire to create a book for children on the autism spectrum that would be a vehicle for them to tell their own unique story about where they lived, who they lived with and the special people and things that were important in their lives. The book in its original form was introduced at a program in the Clawson Public Schools called The Starfish Project. This creative arts group was designed for children in the Autism classes and their peers in general education.

It was my hope that as the children shared their books with one another that they would see first hand that they had many things in common. The initial group of books were displayed at a district wide arts festival called Arts Alive and the response from parents was more than I could have ever expected. One parent who attended asked if she could “purchase” a book and that was when I got the idea that my “little project” could perhaps become something more. A year later I was layed off from my position with this school district and I thought about the book again and hired a graphic designer to help take the book to the next level.

John Boissy who is the illustrator and graphic designer that I worked with on this book was an amazing resource. The entire process from start to finish took well over a year. There were many things to figure out in terms of design, use of color, fonts, and materials. This was a whole new world to me. A great deal of information was shared through email and face to face meetings. The creative process is exhilarating but does not happen over night. If I learned anything from this, I realized that a good product takes substantial time to develop.

 

6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy

Creative Music Therapy by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins

While the book was written in 1977, it clearly is a treasure and introduced me to improvisational music therapy! I still love to read the case studies and was blessed to actually take a workshop with Clive Robbins at Michigan State University in 2010.

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

Creative, Interactive, Musical

 

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

Music Therapists, speech therapists, teachers, parents and other caregivers are the ones who can purchase and create the book and the book is versatile enough to have therapeutic benefits for children with autism, apraxia and certainly children of preschool age and early elementary who do not have any specific developmental issues.

 

9.  What kinds of music therapy e-books would you like to see more of on MusicTherapyEbooks.com?

I am always looking for things to download for my students with autism.

I would like to see more books that cater to developing their communication and socialization.   I am hoping to develop a new book soon that will be similar to “My House” but will focus on the child’s “school” environment.

 

10.  Anything else you would like to add?

Thank you so much to Rachel and Michelle for believing in the

“My House” book and making it available on this innovative website.

 

Meet the Author: Heather Palmer

1. Your name:

Heather Palmer

2. Education/Background:

BMUS Music Education Heidelberg College
BS Music Therapy, minor in psychology, certificate in gerontology Indiana University – Fort Wayne
Kindermusik – Kindermusik University
MSEd Special Education Indiana University – Fort Wayne
Music has always been a very strong part of my life.  I began playing flute when I was 10 and have played in band, orchestra, pit orchestra, choir, percussion ensemble, flute choir, woodwind ensemble, and the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony.  I am the Director of Therapy Services at Ferraro Behavior Services in Fort Wayne Indiana where we offer home and community based therapies. I supervise both the music therapy and recreation therapy departments as well as provide services to clients on my case load.

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

Prokofiev

4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

I have several ideas for e-books but initially the Music Therapy and Autism Handbook was part of my final project for my masters.  When I was presenting my research for the book one of the things I mentioned that it would be a valuable resource if therapist could access the book online and carry it with them everywhere so they could utilize it when they needed it.
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5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

Literature review, calendar with section deadlines, review process, surveying other therapist, several drafts and revisions

6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy

Music Therapy in Special Education   Mary Adamek and Alicia-Ann Darrow

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

1) Autism, 2) Assessment, 3) Interventions

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

Music therapy students, new music therapist, and educators who are working with individuals with autism in order to better understand the different characteristics and how music can be used to help them become more independent.

9.  What kinds of music therapy e-books would you like to see more of on MusicTherapyEbooks.com?

Songs, activities and ideas of how music therapy are using music in their sessions.

10.  Anything else you would like to add?

It is very exciting that we have a way to share our experiences and ideas with others so we can continue to grow and learn from each other.

Meet the Author: Kristen Crouch

1. Your name:

Kristen Crouch

2. Education/Background:

Studied piano from age 5. Taught general music education in Massachusetts for 4 year while completing a Masters in Education: Arts in Learning. Went onto complete a Masters of Music Therapy at FSU, and finally to start a private practice in Palm Beach County working mostly with children with Autism and Special Needs.

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

Amy Grant

4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

I wanted to share the method I came up with to teach children basics of music reading to prepare for piano lessons. Also needed an electronic version of my method to use with clients (iPad).

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

I used to write out on large paper the colored letters for kids to play along on the bells/xylophone. At the school where I was working I needed to create an electronic version to use on the smart board so the whole class could easily see the songs. Once I had several songs I complied them into a book.
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6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy:

Music therapy with premature infants: Dr Standley and Music As Medicine by Deforia Lane

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

Fun, versatile, addicting

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

Music therapists, music teachers, and parents who are working with typical and special needs children who are looking for an easy way to introduce music reading. There are so many ways to use this resource – with individuals, with groups, with young children, with older children, even adults with special needs would enjoy the quick sense of accomplishment they will feel when they are easily playing familiar songs. So many goals addressed: basic reading skills, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor movement, etc. Increased levels of difficulty, matching colors, reading and matching letters, reading basic patterns and songs, singing the letters while playing, reading words while singing while playing (for songs which include lyrics).