When I typed “resourceful” into google, this is the definition that popped up.
1. having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.
synonyms: ingenious, enterprising, inventive, creative; More
Music Therapists have a huge toolbox filled with ideas, instruments, interventions, etc. Because we are a people-oriented profession we have to be flexible and are constantly pulling from our toolbox of resources.
When we can’t come up with a particular solution on our own, we either create it (like many of the songs and interventions I post on the blog), improvise based on the knowledge we have and what is at our disposal, or we look to others for inspiration!
I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of my favorite MT resources!
Sometimes, when I have to learn something new, the best way to do it is by taking a CMTE course like the ones over at MusicTherapyEd.com
When in doubt, youtube, google, and pandora (or spotify) are great options for finding songs on the fly! However, if you are looking for songs geared toward meeting specific goals/objectives, especially for kiddos, then these next 2 resources are for you!
Listen & Learn Music has TONS (I mean hundreds) of songs and interventions that are sure to get you inspired.
Wholesome Harmonies now has 3 books of songs and intervention ideas. ALL of her original songs have lead sheets as well!
(Looking for simple sheet music for your clients/students? Check out my post about another resource, Making Music Fun)
Session Plans and Interventions
Music Therapists sometimes get stuck in a rut and need some new ideas to help spark creativity and get moving. These next couple blogs are places I have turned recently to help with my session planning.
…and many many more!
I spend a lot of time in the car, so podcasts are a great way to learn a little while I’m on the road. These 3 podcasts provide fresh, relevant information about the music therapy profession on a regular basis.
What are some of your favorite Music Therapy Resources?
I invite you to share them in the comments section below!