45. Medical Music Therapy and Making Connections: Lorrie Kubicek, MT-BC

In this episode, Lorrie shares tons of practical tools and tips for working in a medical MT setting. We discuss instruments, soundscapes, clinical supervision, and much more.

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Lorrie Kubicek, MT-BC is board certified music therapist and program manager for Expressive Therapies at MGH.  Her program is a part of the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies program at MassGeneral Hospital Cancer Center and is also with MassGeneral Hospital for Children. With 20 years professional pediatric music therapy experience and 7 additional years doing music and creative arts at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with medical needs, Lorrie finds a very effective balance between traditional music therapy techniques, childhood development knowledge and clinical fun. In 2004, Lorrie, in collaboration with Berklee College of Music’s music therapy training program, brought the first music therapy sessions to MGH.  After only 4 months, the staff of MGHfC got a small grant and hired Lorrie themselves.  Now, 16 years later, Lorrie has a staff of 4 music therapists, 1 art therapists, 2 music therapy interns, 8 undergraduate students and coordinates 10 volunteer musicians in MGH’s Environmental Music Program. Lorrie has been published in peer-reviewed journals, has written a chapter on music therapy and technology, presented at over 30 regional and national conferences and enjoys singing jazz, biking, quilting, dancing and performing with My Band. 

Connect with Lorrie at lorriekubicek.mt@gmail.com and find her at Massachusetts General Hospital: Internship, Cancer Center, Music Therapy at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Integrative Therapies at MassGeneral Hospital’s Cancer Center, Information on volunteer Environmental Music Program

MGH Music Therapy in action: 8-month-old, harp improvisation, school aged patient instrument improvisation

Article on Music Therapy in medical settings. Features Facebook post of Lorrie in pedi music therapy session. Shared by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp

Quack Stick

Lullaby Ocean Disk

Bobby McFerrin

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