20Apr
2012
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Miami Music Therapists Unite…for a Book Club

The Miami Music Therapists have been very active lately. We’ve jammed togethersung at Open Mic Night, and swapped songs and resources. Last Friday, we had another get-together: we gathered as a book club to discuss the very popular “Sing You Home” by Jodi Picoult. This was a great opportunity for us to discuss our thoughts on the book and our opinions of the depictions of music therapy that are presented. Overall, I thought the book was captivating and found myself unable to put it down. I think it represented our profession well and gave a clear picture of the scope of music therapy.

Spending time with the Miami Music Therapist group has benefited each of us on multiple levels. Even if our get-togethers are not directly related to music therapy (pizza anyone?), we are still building and strengthening our relationships. This in turn benefits us professionally:

– We share resources and ideas with each other
– We can pass a contract on or refer a potential client if we are unable to take them on
– We encourage each other to grow musically
– We attend trainings and conferences together
– We share success stories…and seek professional advice when we have challenges

Have you reached out to other music therapists in your area? Go ahead – I promise you it will be worth it!

 

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Comments (5)

  • Erin Hade

    Hi Amy,
    How long has the Miami Music Therapists Unite group been together? The Minneapolis/St. Paul music therapy group– Vitamin M– have been meeting monthly for a while now, and I love the idea you bring about book shares. And singing together at open mic nights! Good ideas…
    Thanks,
    Erin Hade, MT-BC

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    • Amy

      Hi Erin,
      Vitamin M – I LOVE it!!!! That is so great. The Miami Music Therapists have been meeting un-officially for probably about 2-3 years. But over the past year I’ve made a more concerted effort to plan things. It has been such a wonderful thing – I would encourage every music therapist to reach out to others in their commnuinuty – and I’m sure you would agree! What kinds of things do you do when your group meets?? I’d love to hear other ideas!
      Amy 🙂

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  • Jeffery A Miller

    oh its good to hear that Miami music therapy is perfectly moving forward. Thanks for sharing this information.

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