NMT Training Institute Coming to AZ!

We are excited to share that ASU will be hosting The Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy to bring the International Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute to AZ on April 21st to 24th 2016!
Please see the attached flyers for more details and register at https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1802716
Early Registration costs until February 1st are as follows:
$625 professional MT-BCs
$450 clinical supervisors of ASU students in the community
$450 students
Professional Early Bird  $650 starting on 2/2/16, $675 starting 2/16/16.

ASU Clinical Supervisors Early Bird $475 starting on 2/2/16, $500 starting 2/16/16.

ASU students  please contact Robin Rio (robin.rio@asu.edu) for the promo code
Please email Robin Rio (robin.rio@asu.edu)  if you are a ASU clinical supervisor to receive the promo code.
We to assist in the planning of the Institue we are putting together a small planning committee. If you are interested in serving on this committee please email Sara Selimi at sebergq@gmail.com.
Please let me know if you have questions!
Have a great rest of the week!
Sara Selimi, MT-BC
Vice President

Babies Soothed with Music Therapy in NIC Unit

By Allyson Kraemer

Updated: 02/19/2014 9:26 pm MST

An emerging therapy is bringing hope and nourishment to babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

“When live music is provided, by a music therapist in conjunction with a family, baby’s tend to gain weight faster. It improves their oxygen saturation rate, and in some studies, they’ve been released from the NICU earlier than babies who have not had music therapist working with them,” said Dr. Kathleen Murphy.  Cash Michael Stephens is soothed in St. Mary’s NIC Unit. “He was born January 8. I was 26 weeks pregnant,” says Tracie Stephens, Cash’s mom. “He was not due until April 15th. He was only one pound, 15 ounces. Now he’s up to three pounds, two ounces.” All thanks to a music therapist. “Amazing Grace is what we sang to all of our kids. I think all of our kids. That’s the first song they could sing. We plan to keep that tradition with him,” Stephens says. Murphy, an Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Evansville, sings and then hums his favorite lullaby. “Parents who sing to their babies, there’s a better bond. They feel closer to their babies,” Murphy shares. But for Tracie and Michael Stephens, who think they can’t carry a note, Murphy says, ” Your baby has heard your voice for a long time while they were in the womb, they think you’re the MET opera star. They think you’re the best singer in the world. It’s really all they know and they want to hear that voice because it’s a comfort.” Two music therapy students begin the session by assessing the room. “We’re trying to get a pulse on the stress levels, the tension levels and then we’re trying to create music to sort of bring everything down,” Murphy says. Doctors say the lub-dub of a heartbeat and the woosh of the ocean drum create a sense of safety. “It’s just interested to watch him see how he reacts. He always seems to know when I need that smile and I need my spirits lifted,” Stephens says. St. Mary’s also partners with the University of Evansville Music Therapy Program in the Oncology Unit, Pediatric Feeding Clinic, and Rehabilitation Institute.

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Music Therapy in the Hospital/Hospice Setting

Music Therapist Trisha Garvin has worked with hundreds of patients and their families. She bases the therapy sessions on patients’ needs and their music tastes. Sometimes she even makes CDs of a client’s favorite musical selections to play on the days between music therapy sessions and to keep as a treasure after a loved one has passed.

Georgia Becomes Third State to Require Licensure for Music Therapists


“There were no paid lobbyists for this bill. It passed because of a huge grassroots effort,” said Jamie George, owner/director of the Georgia Center for Music Therapy.

By Laura Raines

Pulse editor

On May 1 of last year, Georgia became the third state in the nation to require licensure for music therapists. The minimum credential to practice music therapy in the state is the MT-BC (music therapist board certified).

The new law is considered a win by people who work in the growing profession and anyone seeking music therapy.

“As the demand for alternative therapies continues to grow, it is crucial to strengthen the law, which governs how music therapists practice in Georgia, said state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, who sponsored the bill. “With the passing of SB 414, patients can rest assured knowing their music therapist is operating under the highest level of professionalism.”

Music therapy — in the broadest sense — has a long history.

“Using music therapeutically goes back to the beginning of time, really; every culture has examples of it.