Come kick-off the X Games with Italo Penarrubia & AC Hotel Minneapolis tomorrow! There will be music by DJ DIME and we will be out serving up grub in the AC courtyard. Event is from 6-9 p.m. & is free and open to the public.
Happy, happy Monday, don’t let that snow get you down (for all of our fellow Minnesotans!) And even if it is, here is an intervention idea to cheer you up!(: Turn your Gathering Drum over and invite your client to get into his or her “boat.” This little one is currently loving pirates so we added a slinky to use for a “telescope” to watch out for danger. Then you gently move the drum around the floor, waiting for the client to direct you where to go, all the while singing, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Not only is this FUN, it also encourages decision making, may improve executive functioning, and increases participation through singing ⭐❤📣 . . . . [...]
Happy Tuesday, Friends! Don’t forget you are growing, you are planting roots, whether you feel it or not! Yesterday we missed #interventionmonday to spend the morning leading a group for older adults in Memory Care, it was so sweet to see the way the music gently roused them and peaked their interest, hearing their voices rise as they recognized the opening line of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and seeing their eyes grow wide as we brought out the Reverie Harp, hearing exlamations of, “Woah, what is that?!” And “What a beautiful sound, I love that!” What’s making you excited this week? 🙋👏🌲 . . . . . it #dontgiveup
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#motivationmonday ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ———- This motivation Monday goes out to my favorite fitness power couple!!! @dreamhealthfit and @blaq_mma !!!! ——————- @dreamhealthfit is a personal trainer based in San Bernardino County, CA!!! She specializes in weight loss, toning, overall health and wellness, and since she is a mommy she can give you ladies the best advice on toning that tummy post partum!!! —————————————— Swipe Right for @blaq_out_tdr amazing fitness transformation!!!! This dude is the living example of dedication to his health and his craft!!! Those guys don’t have a chance with you in the ring bro bro! you literally weigh out all your food and are dedicated to your fitness completely!!! What I love the most about you guys is that you [...]
Starting a new series here 👊🏼! • Welcome to the Mentor Series! • Each day I’ll be posting some of my heroes and their quotes to help inspire and motivate you on your journey. People that overcame the odds and went on to achieve their Dreams and change the world. • Kicking it off is my favorite entrepreneur of all time! Walt Disney was an entrepreneur before it became popular to become one. He was a sketch artist that summoned INSANE amounts of perseverance enduring bankruptcy 7 times and 2 nervous breakdowns. • Not only did he overcome and never give up, he changed animation and film forever, won 32 Oscars and oh yeah… invented theme parks 😂. • He [...]
Last week we shared a way we create, remember & practice self-care all at the same time! So today’s #interventionmonday is an extension of that post, click on the link in our bio for a How-To on creating these beautiful and (relatively) easy to make origami heart shapes. Because interventions don’t always have to be just for our clients (though you’re welcome to try this with your kiddos or adults!) This intervention allows you to work with your hands, improve tactile ability, expand your imagination & express through the medium of art. Today (& everyday) we encourage YOU to do something for YOU, work with your hands, stretch your limbs, look at something beautiful. We promise you will be better [...]
Grab your best buddies & head into the weekend like…Isn’t it wonderful to be surrounded by the ones you love? Tag someone you are thankful for today in the Comment Section & take some time today or this weekend to write a letter of thankfulness to someone that encourages and builds you up. As we end this school year there is an overwhelming amount of people to thank: the teachers that stood by us and supported our education, the para professionals that walked us to and from class, the therapists that came to our home after the long work day & sat with us to listen + hear. We at Alliance Music Therapy are simply thankful to be a part [...]
Today’s #interventionmonday is inspired by our staff meeting this morning. We discussed Job Sustainability & how to enjoy the job you do for a very long time. This is crucial for any place of employment to discuss and ruminate on, but even more SO for those jobs that take a LOT of you, of your mental, physical & emotional energy. We talked on the “Spoon Theory.” Picture ten spoons you are allotted each day, each spoon containing a certain amount of energy, time & love. Once your spoons run out you are usually spent for the day (hopefully this happens at the end of the day & not by 10 AM). We talked about clients that require two spoons, people [...]
Some days you don’t want to talk, you just want to color, anyone else?! 🙋 Today our #interventionmonday is combining art + music to meet the needs & preferences of each individual client. As always there are options with this, you can keep it open ended giving your client a Mandala and letting them explore different colors or patterns while you play music in the background (pictured here), or you could add a bit more structure utilizing an idea we received from @solfulmusictherapy where you create a song with a kiddo, asking them all the things that fill up their heart and then mimic that in art form by creating a large ❤ & drawing pictures of whatever people/places/animals/objects they [...]
It has been a hot (pun intended because it is finally summer in Minneapolis 😰) second since we said hello to all our new + old followers alike 🙋Thank you for being a part of this wonderful journey with us, as we explore what it means to cultivate a community of Music Therapists and create job opportunities that are sustainable and full of joy, hard work, and passion. We at Alliance Music Therapy encourage self care and taking a step back to gain perspective. We want to not only see our patients for where they’re at, but also see ourselves & assess our needs– understanding if we are not caring for OUR vessels we will be of little use to [...]
Have you noticed how easy it is to be hurried in this life? To run from one thing to the next without realizing the thing that is right in front of you. Oftentimes, I find myself rushing through my day, planning the amount of patients I can see in the alotted amount of time I have, my to do list running through my brain like a song on repeat and copious cups of coffee consumed. But then something amazing will happen, I STOP. I look at the precious patient before me, I turn off the voices in my head and focus on their one faint voice reminiscing on a different time and I am transported back there with them. I [...]
Summer is COMING (is here?!) Either way we are excited! This #interventionmonday is a little bit different because today we want to hear from YOU! This summer we want to get outside more with our kiddos and older adults. What are some interventions you have created or adapted to utilize outdoors? Honestly, just singing “Blue Skies” outside as the sun shines on my face makes me happy- we humans sure are meant for all of that Vitamin D (an area that has been lacking over here in Minnesota). SO comment below, drop into our inbox, or send us a DM. We would love to hear from YOU! We will pick our favorite ideas & share them throughout the summer, who [...]
So many SMILES today because this precious girl had a successful surgery and is home again, enjoying the sun & making music like never before. A huge smile on my face not only because I am convinced I work with the CUTEST clients, but also because I was able to conduct a session with her in the hospital, to truly meet her and the family where they were at, to work with wonderful nurses and social workers who were nothing but supportive of music therapy. AND when I wasn’t able to get there the next day, the Music Therapist employed at the hospital was there to step in for me and provide amazing services. What a beautiful community to GET [...]
Thanks to everyone who contributed during last week’s #interventionmonday! We are over the moon at all of our Spring/Summer themed Intervention ideas & we of course had to share some with you all. Today’s intervention idea comes from @miyamusictherapy a Songwriting opportunity set to the tune of “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash. This intervention has been utilized an elderly population (you could adapt for younger kiddos as well). Invite your group to offer activities they enjoy in the spring and summer (i.e. “I like to plant tomatoes, I like to walk with my grandchildren”) and replace your group created phrases with the song lyrics adding, “In the springtime” to replace “I walk the line” at the end of [...]
Be the example you wish to see in this world. Practice the qualities and characteristics you wish others would display more often. And treat others how you would like to be treated. When we put the focus on ourselves and try to do our very best every single day (progress, not perfection) we can move past judgment of ourselves and others and experience and embrace love, compassion and peace. As we grow in our love and compassion we will inevitably be able to do, be and act differently because we will be coming from a different place. We will have changed from within. So for today, do your best and then, as you change and grow, be open to your [...]
#interventionmonday + #mindfulnessmonday coming to you a day late as we were practicing good boundaries & took yesterday off to recognize the national holiday. Hope you enjoyed time outside soaking up the sunshine + enjoying picnic lunches with loved ones + remembering + thanking the ones that went before you. Maybe you are like us and need a little extra something to shift your focus back to the work week. We suggest a mindfulness exercise in which you provide each participant (can be done with a team or on your own) with a blank canvas sans a large sketched circle in the middle. Prompt each member to write all the things they are currently thankful for, take time to breathe [...]
WARNING: AWESOME OPPORTUNITY AHEAD! (: “It is with great excitement that I share the news of the Minnesota Orchestra performing Courage and Triumph, its first-ever Sensory-Friendly Family Concert featuring the full orchestra, on July 14, 2018! Enjoy the top-notch artistry of the Orchestra in a relaxed and family-friendly environment with supportive services like pre-visit materials and quiet spaces, as well as fun, hands-on pre-concert activities!” Check the link in our bio to purchase tickets ($12.00) Happy music making, Minnesota! 👏🎶🎻 . . . . . #summerevents
A super simple but altogether wonderful #interventionmonday idea: Add Bubbles. Yes, that’s it 😄🎉 Not so sure of the statistical significance behind this addition, but we do KNOW how bubbles make everything better. This little man has grown immensely in his reading skills so last week we paired the book “Octopus Garden” with bubbles to celebrate his achievements. The bubbles were too fast to make it into the frame, so simply trust us when we say it was the perfect combination to read about the sea AND imagine we were there. Pick up a tube of bubbles from your local Target or Walmart and experiment with scented or even edible ones! Here’s to a great week & remembering sometimes it’s [...]
Did you have a hard or heavy week? Well consider this post a mental hug from us to YOU. We understand this work can be hard, heck sometimes being a human in this world can be difficult. There are days where it feels like simply surviving rather than thriving is the goal 🙋 We see you & we hear you & our hope for you is that as you enter into the weekend you find people to surround and hem you in ❤ To tell you that they will sit with you in the muck and the mess and wait until you’re ready to walk out of it. Or maybe it is not even about finding people to encourage you, [...]
Never been more excited for Monday morning because of today’s #interventionmonday (drum roll please…) MAKE YOUR OWN SHAKER! As the school year comes to a close & our kiddos are feeling extra antsy, it is nice to conduct a session outside and allow them to work with their hands & CREATE. For this intervention, combining art + music, we used an empty glass jar and instructed our clients to fill it with anything and everything they found in nature (including but not limited to: dandelions, wildflowers, pebbles, woodchips & sticks). Once they collected enough for the shaker to make the noise they desired (note: some may like their shaker louder, others may prefer a softer sound, the important part is [...]
No horsing (sorry…) around this Monday because we are off to Bien Aime Farm for our first of three Music Therapy Days this summer! So excited to be partnering with Evermore Community (link in bio) again this year to bring some special kiddos group music like drumming circles, individual sessions with Songwriting & Lyric Analysis opportunities, and an art + music project, today we will be doing “Paint to the Music.” The children will split into two groups, one group is in charge of music and the other art, when the artists hear a loud bang of the drum from the musicians they may decide to splatter the paint all over the mural or choose soft brush strokes when they [...]
If you like to “play” but don’t like to train. – Good luck! – If you hate practice. – Good luck! – If you hate the weight room, refocus your efforts on performance development! – BUT if you still hate it! Good luck! – Your foundation is in the weight room. Practice is where you test out your skills. – Games are the ultimate test but relative to your competition. – Focus your time, effort, and money in the right area. Everyone is different. –
Music therapists are process-based and create person-specific music interventions targeting therapeutic goals. Emphasis on PERSON-SPECIFIC. Every initial consult + assessment + treatment plan is individualized and catered to best fit the needs of that specific client. There is something SO powerful of meeting someone exactly where they are at, asking them to not change to fit the mold you have already established, but letting them come exactly as they were + are + will be. We understand our clients change on a day to day basis and we need to change and meet them where they are at! Have you checked out our website yet? All the above mentioned information can be found there + MORE. You know the drill…link [...]
We were excited to donate gym bags to our local Boys and Girls Club. While visiting the facility, the director mentioned their need for gym bags and that seemed like an easy way for us to give back. Can’t wait for our next visit to see them in use. Happy community engagement!
Happy Friday, friends! (: Tomorrow is #socialmediaday & we wanted to celebrate it a day early by saying THANK YOU to all of the amazing friends + family + co-workers + co-creators that are a part of our little online community. It has been such a passion of ours to create beautiful content that gives others a sense of what Music Therapy actually is & what a day in the life of a Private Practice Music Therapist looks like (hello, granola bars on the go!) We hope to continue creating without cheapening what we do or using content solely to gain followers or likes, but instead to shed light on this lovely career, to display the power of music through [...]
Oh colored scarves, so simple, yet SO FUN. Today’s #interventionmonday incorporates colored scarves, and while there are seemingly unlimited possibilities when it comes to utilizing them within a session, we will focus on one specific activity used to promote focus and eye tracking. Gather all your colored scarves in one hand and begin twisting them like you would a twist tie (you can even encourage your kiddo to help and focus on some fine motor skills while you are at it!) Once they are gathered into a tight vertical knot, invite your participant to lay on his or her back on a soft blanket on the ground. Once they are comfortable, place scarves above their eye level, release & watch [...]
Happy Friday! For us, the approach of the weekend brings about thoughtfulness, asking ourselves what went well that week & what could have gone a bit better. Did we care for our vessels, for our souls? One thought in particular, “Did we celebrate other people’s light without taking away from our own?” It is so easy to compare and envy, to become insecure because of other people’s strengths. But why? Why can’t we celebrate each other and acknowledge where others shine without having to think less of ourselves? Like leaves on a tree we are all created a little bit differently, we have subtleties and strengths about us that make us different, unique, and that’s a GOOD thing. We are [...]
The many colors & perspectives that make up our beautiful group of kiddos at Evermore Community. Some kids were playing music, while others were painting what they felt the music was saying. And in that there was beauty, no two images look the same, everyone had a different interpretation, yet the differences came together to create one, unified, & incredibly unique mural. There are so very many lessons we can learn from children & I think this is one of them ❤🎶🎨 . . . . . #minnesota
Julianna Ford, LPC, specializing in children and adolescents, tailors her treatment approach for each client. She utilizes play therapy, sand tray therapy, social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and psychoeducation. She takes the approach that in life there will always be difficulties and hardships, but learning how to cope in a healthy way, allows you to negotiate these difficulties and hardships with greater ease.