Here’s a video where I describe what Music Therapy is (and isn’t), and what credentialed Music Therapists like myself do.

One of the things that all Music Therapists quickly discover is that we all need to be advocates for our profession and try to help educate people regarding what we do and how we do it.  If someone misrepresents ‘Music Therapy’ as something that it is not, we will try to (politely) explain the difference.

At the end of the video I referenced the website for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), their website is musictherapy.org.

My colleague In Ohio USA, Carrie Whatley, also works with adult patients near the end-of-life.  She wrote an excellent article giving answers to frequently asked questions about music therapy, which I’m copying here:
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“So what exactly is music therapy?”- According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is defined as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”

“What does a music therapist do?”- Just like Continue reading

I had the honor of being the Master of Ceremonies at the the 5th International Conference of the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM) from June 7th-10th 2018 in Barcelona.

When I was asked to be the emcee I accepted immediately.  The entire conference was full of interesting presentations from luminaries in the Music Therapy field as well as medical professionals.

This is an exciting time for the field of Music Therapy for many reasons, but one is Continue reading

Part of my time working at the Palliative Care Unit at Parc de Salut Mar, Barcelona, was doing some of the music therapy interventions and also gathering Electroencephalography (EEG) data to be analyzed for this study (released in March 2018): EEG-Based Analysis of the Emotional Effect of Music Therapy on Palliative Care Cancer Patients.

It was fascinating to be a part of, to my knowledge, the first study in the world that measured the effect of MT techniques as tools for modulating the emotional state of end-of-life patients using EEG data.

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Jordi Mercade (Music Therapy Supervisor) and patient wearing the EEG device