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Listen and Learn Music: Music Therapy: A Hybrid?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Music Therapy: A Hybrid?

That is exactly how it is described in an article from Time Out New York, which I found via a blog post by Brown Music Therapy. The article is titled "The New Hybrids" and leads in as follows:

We're not talking about eco-friendly cars, but innovative fields that blend disciplines in unexpected ways - and could kick-start your career.

Other "hybrid" jobs mentioned in the article include narrative medicine, urban agriculture, and food media. I've never used that particular term to describe music therapy, but in a way, it sort of fits. Music therapy is still considered to be a new and, for some people, unconventional field, and there is always a lot of curiosity at the mention of it.

If you are a music therapist, you know how difficult it can be to explain your job to someone who is completely unfamiliar with the field. I still struggle with this, even after almost three years. I've read so many magazine and newspaper articles where music therapy is either misrepresented or poorly explained, so I was impressed with the short write-up featured in this article. Read it for yourself here.

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At August 27, 2009 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for not only posting great songs and activities, Rachel, but links such as this to help others gain a better understanding as to what we do as MTs. I especially enjoyed reading the comments posted to that article by music therapists. Their input helped better define the article, I thought : ) Kate Legge


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