I have been a professional performer much longer than I have been a music therapist, and even though I now have a full time job, I simply can’t say no to all of the holiday performance and gig opportunities. In December, whenever I was not at my job at YCCA, I was rehearsing or performing … More ‘Tis the Season to Perform
Therapy is not only about making yourself feel better. It is about discovering your strengths and creating change through a therapeutic relationship. We do not do therapy all by ourselves. We need a therapist to listen to us, to guide us, to encourage us, to challenge us, to make music/art/movement/conversation with us. This relationship is what … More The Therapeutic Relationship
You want me to improvise? Are you crazy? What do you mean I have to just make up notes? What if I sing the wrong one? I remember at my interview at Drexel, the music therapy director asked me if I had ever improvised, and I shook my head, cringing a little in embarrassment at my … More Just Make It Up!
November is a month where we celebrate Day of the Dead, All Souls Day, and Thanksgiving, reminding us of who we have lost and what we are thankful for. Year after year, we continue rituals of gathering together for food and fellowship. At YCCA in November, we focus on Native American music, recognizing the importance … More Ritual, Remembrance, and Ridiculousness
For two year olds, “Please” and “Thank you” are hard to remember but we insist that the kids use the words constantly throughout the day. I knew that one of my first songs I needed to write for my work at YCCA would be a “please and thank you” song. One Sunday evening, I sat … More Using Nice Words
…. A very good place to start. At the age of 32, I finally have started the career that I was meant to have, being a music therapist. After years of piecing together work as an aspiring opera singer/voice teacher/choir director/doggie day care attendant/administrative assistant/musical theater camp counselor, at 30 years old, I went back … More Let’s start at the very beginning….