music therapy

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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In a previous post, Drumming to Foster Fluency in Speech, I talked about using the drum to impact fluency (and articulation) in speech training experiences.  I wanted to share one of my recent topics, the Winter Olympics!  The sentences I created are a representation of the ones I use with teenagers, young adults, and adult clients, but you can easily adapt the sentence to work with any age.

Intervention Overview:

Step 1: Play each word on the drum as you say it.

Step 2: Play the drum only on the words marked with a drum symbol as you say the sentence.

Winter Olympic Sentences


Off To The Zoo

June 18, 2013

The Therapeutic Arts Program took a field trip to the Seneca Park Zoo today. The group has been studying animal habitats, biomes, animal adaptations, and great animal songs too!   Off To The Zoo! from Wade Richards on Vimeo. Movie editing done by Josh Hauck. Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe […]

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African Beats for Modern Music

April 17, 2012

Recently I hosted a workshop at Blue Ridge Music Therapy Center for teachers and counselors from a local school district.  They were educators I had worked with before, and they had requested a session on learning simple but sophisticated drum patterns that they could present to some of their students in a music appreciation festival. […]

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“The Wishing Tree”

March 7, 2012

In this song, the “Wishing Tree” represents our heart’s desires.  What would you wish for if you discovered the Wishing Tree?  I encourage my students to select a word that is important to them from a list of inspirational words like: love, friendship, wealth, courage, creativity, happiness, understanding, support, faith, wisdom.  Then there is a […]

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“When Hanukkah is Here”

December 20, 2011

I hope you enjoy this new song to celebrate Hanukkah.  The basic lyrics and melody of the song was created during a song improvisation with a student.  By having a student play a tambourine or other percussion instrument during the chorus part, you are not only teaching the difference between verse and chorus, but also […]

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“My Life” by Kayla

November 27, 2011

Songwriting is a powerful tool to discover what words and music flow inside you. Kayla came into her music session and starting writing on the spot “My Life”. the words and song just came out effortlessly, and it was hard to write it all down fast enough! Kayla was later given the opportunity to perform […]

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