What is music therapy? How are children referred to music therapy services? Do music therapists conduct assessments? These are just a few of the questions that parents, educators, and allied health professionals may have when first encountering music therapy in the early childhood setting. This article written by Dr. Lori Gooding provides a brief overview of music therapy and outlines the major aspects of the systematic treatment process.
Staying informed about the latest policies, trends, and research in music therapy and related fields is essential for effective advocacy. Eight imagine podcasts presented by experienced music therapy educators and practitioners address advocacy specific topics. Hear from Dr. Dena Register, Amy Rodgers Smith, Dr. Kimberly Sena Moore, Adrienne Steiner, Patricia Altieri Ramírez, Rachel Rambach, Beth McLaughlin, and Dr. Hakeem Leonard.
The imagine Color of Us series features international voices of early childhood music therapists. This year, 12 authors have each been invited to write an essay about a topic that is highly relevant in their respective countries. While there are many similarities in how music therapists practice and provide services worldwide, each country has its own nuances based on federal policies, socio-economic status, and cultural norms.
The focus of imagine 2014 is on family-centered practice – a trend taking hold in music therapy circles worldwide. While many practitioners in the USA already embrace and implement key elements of family-centered practice in their music therapy sessions, researchers are now looking into the measured benefits it offers.
As a clinician and educator, I am excited at each year’s release of imagine! Every page is filled with rich, evidence-based information that is relevant, easy to read, and quickly applicable. The diversity of content on how music therapy is being used with all children also keeps me engaged with current practice outside of my primary clinical population.
As the Education Coordinator for a large Head Start Program in North Carolina, I am always looking for evidence-based resources to share with my teams. Early childhood educators understand how important music is in making and strengthening connections in young children's brains, but the imagine.magazine gives them so much more practical advice and suggestions.
I just spent the whole morning exploring the imagine website...and I am inspired! Not just by the beautiful layout and design, but also by the amazing multimedia and quality of the content. I have forwarded it on to all my music therapy colleagues in South Africa and I am sure they will enjoy it just as much. Thank you for this wonderful resource.