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Social Ties

by admin on September 14, 2015


I have been having great success with a social skills project I created that incorporates technology, music, and social skill rehearsal.  I named it “Social Ties” and I have been exploring different social scripts and interventions with some of my young adult and adult clients.  The program involves creating a slideshow with video responses to various social skill topics like: Introductions and Getting to Know You Better.  Many scripts can be explored musically first, as a way to practice the conversations.  Once learned, the student assists in creating a slideshow to share with other participants.  The student, then in turn, receive slideshows from other participants, and has the opportunity to practice with the video, before trying it out live.  I am looking for other music therapists who would like to demo the program, create slideshows with their students to share, share intervention strategies, and then work up to live chats over the computer.  Please have some experience working with technology: creating and editing movie clips, working with slideshow presentations, etc.

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For my contribution to the theme of re:VISION for Music Therapy Advocacy Month, I decided to outline some of challenges I have faced over the years in various settings, and the positive outcomes from the advocacy work. I created the song “Fearless” as a personal anthem that can be used to pump yourself up before facing difficult advocacy situations. Enjoy!

Fearless: Music Therapy Advocacy Month 2015 from Wade Richards on Vimeo.

As the profession of music therapy has been moving forward with recognition at the state level, it has been identified that a document was needed to reflect a similar format to other health care professional organizations’ Scopes of Practice. CBMT and AMTA worked together to create a Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) for the profession based on published documents from both organizations. This new document entitled Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015) is available as an educational tool and legislative support document that broadly defines the range of responsibilities of a fully qualified music therapy professional with requisite education, clinical training, and board certification. Click here to read the Scope of Music Therapy Practice (2015).

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January 29, 2014

After just completing a 5-hour Orff Schulwerk workshop for our local Greater Rochester American Orff Schulwerk Association, I realized my post for advocacy was created for me!  One of the songs I shared at the workshop was “We Are Who We Are”.  At Spectrum Creative Arts, we recently completed a video showcasing some of our […]

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Greater Rochester American Orff Schulwerk Association Workshop

January 25, 2014

I had such a great time presenting at the GRAOSA workshop at Nazareth College on Saturday, January 25th.  Check out the promotional video below! For participants who did not receive a hard copy at the workshop, you can download the With Music Creativity In Mind PDF handout for a limited time. Make sure you check out […]

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Blue Ridge Music Therapy Center Event: Holiday Sing-A-Long

November 28, 2012

  Come join our Blue Ridge Music Therapy singers as we share together a collection of holiday music.  This event is sponsored by the Devin D. Kusse Music Foundation as a fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Music Therapy Center. When: Saturday December 8th, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Where: East Irondequoit Middle School […]

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iPad Applications Video Demonstration

October 14, 2012

This video was made for a presentation at the AMTA 2012 conference.  It includes a quick demonstration of my favorite apps for the iPad. Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend

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Twinderella the Musical: Scene 1

June 11, 2012

Students in our Blue Ridge Theater class along Studio 440 and other community artists recently performed “Twinderella the Musical”.  If you would like to see the first scene of the musical, follow this link to VIMEO.  We had an amazing time and raised money for our programs. Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about […]

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Duet Contest Winners!

May 16, 2012

Congratulations to our Duet Contest winners and everyone who submitted entries!  It was such a fun way to kick off the Song Shop and will definitely lead to future contests! A special thanks to the guest judges who volunteered their time to view and listen to all the submissions.  It was a very close contest. […]

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Duet Contest Entries

May 3, 2012

I wanted to hold a special event for my followers and celebrate the opening of the Song Shop at Time for Music.  What better way then to bring music therapists together to make music?  I thought a duet contest would spark some collaborations and music making- and I am so pleased that it did! Below […]

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Update on the Duet Contest

May 2, 2012

Thank you for all of your Duet Contest entries!  I will soon have a blog post with all of the contest entries included.  My panel of distinguished judges will be reviewing the submissions and we will be announcing the winners in a few weeks!  I thought you might like to see some of the prizes! […]

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