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First Impressions

Mar 06, 2019

My name is Zachary Brown, I am a grade 12 student at Sir John A. MacDonald secondary school, and an aspiring music therapist. Earlier this week I got my first impression of what music therapy in action looks like.

This week I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer at a longterm care facility in Hamilton, Ontario. The music therapist at the long term care facility, graciously allowed me to shadow her as she ran a group session with 10 of the residents. As Laura sang and played her guitar for the residents, they joined in with percussion instruments, their voices, and many smiles. As...

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Music Therapist In Training - Intro

Feb 22, 2019
Author: Nicole Cochrane (MT in Training)

Disclaimer: In order to maintain confidentiality all names have been changed to fictitious ones.*

Hello there! My name is Nicole Cochrane and I’m currently doing my music therapy internship in long-term care (LTC). Starting your internship is a daunting task; you are faced with both professional and personal challenges. In order to address some of these struggles I will be sharing a series of blogs consisting of an ongoing case study. In this first blog I will be introducing myself and what I’ll be covering throughout the series.

So, what am...
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Finding the Person Within Dementia Through Music Workshop Review

Feb 04, 2019
Author: Jordyn Gibson

Jordyn Gibson is a life-time student at the school of Earth. More formally, she studied Journalism at Ryerson and continues her education in varied certificate programs from Doula Training to Personal Finance. She is deeply passionate about Health and Wellness and how they intersect with Communications and Culture. She intends to use her passion to harness wellness, first within herself and then to transmit that message to the community around her.

I had a really good conversation and it led to an even better one—as they do.
Rachael Finnerty is the Founder and...
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Tuning Your Mind: Interview with Music Therapist Rachael Finnerty

Jan 29, 2019
Tuning Your Mind was created by a group of McMaster University students called MAIE involved in a community-engaged project. The main goal of their blog was to provide up-to-date information and interesting posts about how music therapy is a beneficial alternative therapy, specifically for Dementia, Autism, Speech Disorders and Depression. Their posts have a significant emphasis on the neurological influences music therapy has in relation to the disorders listed above.

In 2016, the OMTA Director of Education was contacted by the students behind Tuning Your Mind to answer interview...
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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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