Friday, September 18, 2009

Side Notes: Florida State University

I have now been at Florida State University for one month! So far it has been a fantastic experience to be pursuing the doctoral degree in music therapy. Tallahassee is a pretty town and the university atmosphere is very friendly and supportive. I have the privilege of studying with some of the most published researchers in the music therapy/music education field and I look forward every day to gaining new insight into research and treatment in the world of music therapy.

I am sure that I will be able to share many new ideas and explore aspects of music therapy that I had not thought of before. My current focus in school is learning how to write a course curriculum for a music therapy drumming class that I will be teaching next semester. I will also be brushing up on my knowledge about research and statistics in preparation for my own experimental designs. I would like to conduct some new studies about music assisted relaxation to improve mood in cardiac rehabilitation patients. I may also look at some new techniques for addressing sensory integration through music therapy with children who have autism.

I love sharing what I learn. Just today I found out that there is a very impressive museum about Thomas Edison in Ft. Myers, Florida! This museum has a large collection of early recording and player devices from the turn of the century. Find it here. Stay tuned for much more to come!

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