Sunday, November 20, 2011

August 2011 Headlines from the Daily Muse

     Just in case you missed them, here are the stories from August in the Daily Muse.  If you want to be on the cutting edge of music news for the therapist, parent and teacher, then you can follow the daily entries by subscribing to Music Makes Sense on Twitter or by "Liking" the Facebook page for Music Makes Sense.  Enjoy, and thanks for reading!


This could get very interesting! I am already signed up for Spotify and they are saying that Spotify might be integrated soon with Facebook. Watch out iTunes! 

I have to admit that I just spent over 30 minutes reading my own newspaper! The Musicmakessense Weekly on-line newspaper is a great way to catch up with all the great bloggers and newsmakers out there regarding music, music therapy, music education and even some fun political and entertainment stories! I really like this weekly newspaper because it is just once a week, so I don't feel overwhelmed by so many different additions to my e-mail inbox! You can check out the latest edition here. While you are there, don't forget to subscribe! It's free and delivered right to your virtual doorstep every Sunday!

"This propensity to music -- this "musicophilia" -- shows itself in infancy, is manifest and central in every culture, and probably goes back to the very beginnings of our species."
~ from, Musicophilia, by Oliver Sacks

One of my readers sent me this video about her daughter named Nina. They live in the Netherlands and Nina seems to love music. One day they were visiting an outdoor shopping area and came upon a brass band. The video tells the rest of the story. It was really nice of the band to get closer to Nina and bring the live music and social interaction right up close. You can find Nina's full story here, including a personal message from Kenny Rogers! I want to thank Nina's mother for sharing her story and inviting us to experience the joy of music with Nina!

The Irish Medical Times

It looks like music therapy in Ireland is doing well! John Garvey is a music therapist in Ireland who provides a nice write-up about music therapy in the Ireland Medical Times. His article provides a little historical perspective as well as references to more recent research demonstrating the effectiveness of music therapy intervention. This is great exposure for music therapy and we wish Mr. Garvey success in his music therapy business across the pond!

The website, All Things Healing, has highlighted another post from Music Makes Sense! You can see my article as well as others by music therapists here. Thank you to Bernice Chu and all those at All Things Healing for supporting music therapy!

Schools are getting back into session, and whether you are a teacher, therapist or student, you need to know how to protect your mobile devices! I am starting to write my dissertation and have implemented several backup strategies for my files. But I would be dealt a serious blow if my laptop was stolen or lost! When I was doing music therapy in the public schools, I also relied on my laptop and mobile phone to keep up with schedules and reports. Luckily, I never had a problem, but I have heard from many friends who lost their tech devices due to theft! 

 The Prey Project Application is an open-source program and initiative to help people react more proactively to the theft of their devices. The FREE program allows you to track your computer or phone, block access with a password and even take a picture of the user with the webcam! I have already downloaded and installed the program and feel better already. (I really wish the program could send an electric shock to a thief too, but maybe that will be in a future update...!)

"Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought."
~ Yip Harburg

The following story is an amazing experience shared by a world renowned dancer. She shares her love for dance and how it helped her to win her fight against cancer. I really like the way she used dance to "conquer" the cancer. Enjoy!


Gabrielle Giffords was the congresswoman who was shot in the head many months ago. She has recovered some of her physical and cognitive abilities after intensive therapy that included music therapy. She was also able to utilize an iPad with various programs that converted the touch screen into a communication device. The article specifically mentions, "Proloquo2Go", as one of the programs she used to facilitate expressive communication. I found it interesting that the story goes on to mention that insurance companies are reluctant to cover the purchase of iPads or similar brand tablet PCs because they can also be used for "non-medical" applications. We have already seen this phenomenon rear its ugly head in the school system, so it looks like it is a pervasive problem. The author of the news article thinks it is a silly policy and I would tend to agree.  What do you think?

Modern music therapy has its foundation in the treatment of WWII veteran's. A story out of Texas reminds us about how powerful music is as an agent of healing for war veterans. Operation Harmony seeks to bring instruments and music lessons to our wounded warriors. It sounds like the program is experiencing great success! It is also very cool that the great-niece of Gen. George Patton is running this gig!

7 Alternatives to Pandora...

This post from Mystery Tricycle is from last year, but it still has great information about the available music streaming sites around the web. They offer a very handy breakdown of all the differences between websites like Pandora, Stumbleaudio and Songza, to name a few. Each of these services has its own focus in providing music listening, and I learned a lot about how to use each website more effectively just by reading the commentary by Mystery Tricycle!

Music Makes Sense officially crossed the 300 mark yesterday! I can't believe the first post went up on the web on October 30, 2007! You can find that post here: Schoolhouse Strategy: Counting Using Music. The website has gone through many changes since that day and many more people have started blogging about music therapy! I didn't start counting visitors until 2009, but since then Music Makes sense has had over 30,000 pageviews! 

 Thank you to all my readers and family and friends who have supported me in this endeavor. I have loved every minute of the experience and look forward to many more years of interaction with those of you on the world wide web!

Fun Fact: The most popular posts of all time are...

I hope you enjoy these blasts from the past!  Thanks again for joining me on the web and stick around for more about music and music therapy!

  "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents."
~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Many of our music therapy clients have physical disabilities that limit fine and gross motor skills. One of the ways we adapt music interventions to help these clients participate is by using switch devices. These switches are large or small "buttons" that are easy to activate just by pressing on the button.  They activate recorded audio or can operate as on/off switches for electric devices.

Kathleen Coleman, with Prelude Music Therapy, recently mentioned a computer music program called, Switch Ensemble, that can be used with up to five switch devices! Music programs like this are a great way to involve clients with Cerebral Palsy and other physical disabilities in using the popular and innovative programs now available for computers. Thanks to Kathleen for passing along this wonderful idea!

Kat Fulton, music therapy and drum facilitator extraordinaire, is starting a new on-line presence to help people with blogging and building websites! If you have missed the buzz already surrounding this, you should check out her new site, Online Zen and see what all the excitement is about! For starters, you will be treated to a cool new boomwhacker video and arrangement!

The Cochrane Reviews are widely used by the medical community to evaluate effective treatment options for patients. This new study is a welcome addition to the growing evidence that music therapy is a viable medical treatment that offers improved patient satisfaction and a cost-effective delivery. The review abstract can be found here. CBC-news, Radio Canada also did a story about the new findings here.

The Music Makes Sense Weekly paper is now out with the second edition! You do not want to miss this weekly summary of all things music and music therapy! You can click here to read the current edition. Don't forget to subscribe while you're there! Thanks for reading!

  "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."
~Sergei Rachmaninov

Ronna Kaplan, President of the American Music Therapy Association, has been writing articles about music therapy for the Huffington Post. Her latest entry is: Music Therapy: Global Perspectives. The article is a great summary of some of the research presented at the recent World Federation of Music Therapy in Seoul, Korea.  Definitely worth a look!

It's here! I had already mentioned that one of my blog posts would be featured, and now the moment has officially arrived!  Music Makes Sense debuts on All Things Healing! Many thanks to Bernice Chu and all those at ATH for choosing to highlight one of my articles! You can find the article here.

A music therapist by the name of John Lawrence, MMT, MTA, has been keeping track of the growing list of music therapy bloggers. Thank you for this great resource! I had no idea that there were 30 active bloggers! The list is here, and you can find more great information at his blog: Global Music Therapy.

(8-1-11) is a feature of Twitter and FaceBook that searches through people that you follow and puts together blogposts that they write in to a newspaper format. This is a cool way to find out what other people are reading and keep up with certain topics. I think it will also promote music therapy on the web.  

I have created a for Music Makes Sense that mostly follows music and music therapy topics from the people I follow on Twitter. I have really enjoyed the #musictherapy Daily that has been organized by @AssoEchos and wanted to join the fun! The Music Makes Sense Weekly will come out once a week on Sunday. You can subscribe by clicking on the paper in the sidebar. It looks like this:

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