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Musician Jamila B.'s Message: Show Some Love

Jan 07, 2019

 As a recording artist, I use music to express the emotions and thoughts that I have inside of myself. Whether it is an emotion of happiness or sadness, there is something great about sharing it with other people.

          I recently created a song called “Show Some Love”. It is an upbeat pop and R&B song that is about self-care and not giving up on yourself. I remember while I was writing it, I wanted to make a song that would uplift peoples' spirits when they were feeling down for a day, depressed or even suicidal. I wanted this...

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How Music Helps With Mental Health

Dec 18, 2018

Check out this informative overview of music therapy and music's impact on wellbeing, from Will Tottle of My Audio Sound in the United Kingdom. 

"Music has been with us for thousands of years as a form of entertainment, communication, celebration, and mourning. There are so many different emotions that music can help us to express, and it is a language that we share universally, as well as one that everyone can understand.

The style of music that we listen to most and enjoy may change every decade, but that sense of communication and feeling always remains. If you, or someone close...

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Going to California

Nov 06, 2018
Author: Annilee Baron, OMTA Director of Communications

Last month I had the opportunity to meet with Renee Dundas MT-BC MA, a board certified Music Therapist and retired Special Education Teacher working in Los Angeles, California. 
 
During our chat, Renee told me about her first internship experience in music therapy, which was in mental health at a psychiatric facility. Renee recalled the powerful ability that her music therapy sessions had in orienting persons to the present, while simultaneously providing a healthy, positive 'escape.' According to Renee,...
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To Aspiring Music Therapists: Your Journey Begins Now

Oct 02, 2018
Author: Zachary Brown, High School Student

If you are an aspiring music therapist, then your journey begins now.
 
          The road to becoming a music therapist has to start before you graduate, get accepted, and even before you apply to your program. For me, my journey began this summer before I entered grade twelve when I discovered music therapy. I have played, and loved music all my life,starting with violin at the age of 3 and expanding to self-taught piano as well as other instruments. Music has continued to grow as one of my biggest passions. When I...
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OMTA Talks Music Therapy & Wellness on 900 CHML

May 22, 2018

On May 20th, 2018, the OMTA’s Founder & Director of Education, Rachael Finnerty, was interviewed on 900 CHML's “The Health and Wellness Show”.  In this interview a variety of music therapy's benefits are discussed. Emphasis is placed on how to maintain and improve health & wellness across the lifespan. The conversation also includes what training is required to become a music therapist, and how professionals can work collaboratively to reach healthcare goals using music. Music is promoted as an accessible medium that...

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An Enriching Start to 2018!

Feb 05, 2018
On Saturday January 13th, 2018 the Ontario Music Therapy Academy held a workshop entitled, 'Music and Neuroscience: New Approaches in Neurorehabilitation'.
 
There is much interest in this topic in the music therapy field and healthcare as a whole, which was evident in the variance and amount of attendees at the workshop. Professionals including music therapists, recreation therapists, speech-language pathologists, and more, came to learn from Brian Harris, CEO of MedRhythms and Neurologic Music Therapist. Brian began the workshop by discussing some basic neuroscience...
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Jan 08, 2018
2017 has been an exciting year, as we launched the first workshops through the Ontario Music Therapy Academy. Our last workshop of 2017 was facilitated by Registered Psychotherapist, Credentialed Music Therapist, Kristen Anderson. The workshop focused on participants exploring the 'voice in practice'. The workshop began with warming up our vocal cords by sighing, yawning, and humming. We utilized humming as a way to find our tonal centre and to stimulate the vagus nerve in order to increase vagal tone - concepts we enjoyed touching upon throughout the workshop.
 
Later in the...
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OMTA's First Workshop

Sep 19, 2017
With much anticipation, the OMTA held our first professional development workshop last weekend. 'The Psychotherapy of Music Therapy' workshop facilitated by Sherry Campbell and Rachael Finnerty took place at the YWCA in downtown Toronto. The heritage doors at the YWCA entrance were a beautiful contrast to the modern facility indoors. 
 
Nancy's Auditorium was a wonderful space to hold our first workshop. More-so, it was an optimal weekend to be in Toronto, immersed in the summery weather as the Toronto International Film Festival was concluding with it's last...
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Music Therapy and Psychotherapy Connection: Resources for Professionals

Aug 21, 2017
Hi everyone, and welcome to the first OMTA blog post! 
 
We are so excited here at the OMTA to have launched this professional development initiative in hopes of bringing excellent quality workshops to music therapists and allied health-care professionals on an on-going basis. 

 

Our first workshop is coming up in September, and will take place in both Toronto on September 16th and in Hamilton on September 23rd. This workshop, The Psychotherapy of Music Therapy, will be facilitated by Sherry Campbell, Registered Social Worker and Rachael Finnerty,...
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