10. From High School Student to New Professional: Kelsey Tucker, MT-BC, CDP

In this episode, Kelsey and Tricia talk about Kelsey’s recent transitions from High School, to College, to Internship, to new professional. Kelsey opens up about moving away from home, making friends, and searching for the right professional position. This is a great episode for any current students, but also touches on important things to keep in mind during any transitions in our lives.

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Kelsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Marywood University. She is a board-certified music therapist, a certified dementia practitioner, and works for a non-profit organization called The Tutti Ensemble. Kelsey just moved to Maryland in May to begin her first full-time position as a Music Therapist working in geriatrics. She hopes that talking about these transitions in a music therapist’s life will help those going through them understand that there is a music therapy community here to support them. 

email: ktuckermt@gmail.com

Annie’s Song by John Denver

BookBub for eBooks

Job Search Resources:

Indeed.com

LinkedIn.com

glassdoor.com

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9. The 4 Pillars of Success and Empowerment: Ryan Judd, MA, MT-BC

In this episode, Ryan and Tricia discuss Ryan’s entrepreneurial journey and his 4 Pillars of Success and Empowerment.

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Ryan has a master’s degree in psychology and music therapy from one of the top contemplative education schools in the country. He is a board-certified music therapist, director of The Rhythm Tree, LLC and has been specializing in helping people with special needs for more than 19 years. The results he’s achieved from integrating music and therapy are powerful and his work has been featured on ABC World News Tonight and other national news outlets. Ryan’s mission is to elevate individuals with special needs to new heights developmentally, emotionally and expressively. His passion extends beyond the face-to-face work that he does and he has created a product line of DVDs, CDs and video courses to help those in the special needs community.  In addition, he composes and produces instrumental guitar music and nature recordings for well-being. His unique background as a music therapist and award-winning fingerstyle guitarist has given him the tools to help people through the power of music.

Rhythm Tree

Youtube

Ryan Judd Music

Restful Sounds

On Amazon, Apple, Spotify, Pandora

Resources mentioned:

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Kat Fulton and Guitar Skills 101 on Music Therapy Ed.

Suze Orman

Darren Hardy‘s The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster and Sunday Planning System

Jim Rohn

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8. Learning Literacy through Music: Kathy Schumacher, MT-BC, WMTR

In this episode, Kathy and Tricia talk about some things to keep in mind when billing for MT services, as well as Kathy’s experiences using music to help teach literacy.

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Kathy Schumacher is a board certified music therapist, a mom to three children, and a lifelong learner with a pile to read in every room. She has worked in private practice the majority of her 23 year career and has developed a specialty area of literacy and math tutoring through music. Kathy loves to work one-on-one with children who are struggling to learn, using music to motivate and prime the brain for success. She also enjoys teaching early childhood music classes and has self-published several books. Kathy lives near Oshkosh, WI where she tends a large garden every summer and enjoys camping with her family—usually in the backyard. In her spare time, Kathy blogs at www.TunefulTeaching.com.

Website with resources mentioned

Email: kathy@tunefulteaching.com

Other podcasts mentioned:

Music Therapy Hour

Clinical BOPulations

Never Mind Who Listens

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7. Rhythmic Motor Movements and the Brain: Cacia King, MT-BC

In this episode, Cacia and Tricia discuss Cacia’s research about the effects of rhythmic motor movements on cognition. *Spoiler Alert* They have a positive impact!

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Cacia King is a board certified music therapist who practices in NH. She loves working with children with special needs and has a passion for music therapy research. Cacia hopes to inspire those she works with and fellow music therapists with her passion, and further advocate for the profession everyday she goes to work. 

The King Sisters on Facebook and Instagram

Some of Cacia’s blog posts on Listen and Learn Music: Greatest Hits of the School Year, Creating Adaptations to Suit Your Needs, and Using the Ocean Drum in Music Therapy.

Stephanie Leavell, MT-BC: Music for Kiddos

Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC: Listen and Learn Music: The Warm-Up Song

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6. Advocacy and Reimbursement: Judy Simpson, MT-BC (part 2)

In this episode, Judy and Tricia do a brief role play of a possible advocacy situation with a legislator. Judy shares her top tips for both advocacy and for reimbursement.

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Judy Simpson, AMTA Director of Government Relations, represents the music therapy profession with legislators, agencies, and coalitions on the state and federal level. For the last 13 years, Judy has led AMTA’s national state recognition initiative in collaboration with Certification Board for Music Therapists’ Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Dena Register and Regulatory Affairs Associate, Kimberly Sena Moore. She has presented and participated in advocacy trainings and events in 26 states and has contributed to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. In addition to her government relations work, Judy is also responsible for providing reimbursement guidance to AMTA members and music therapy consumers. She holds the professional designation of “Managed Healthcare Professional” from America’s Health Insurance Plans, (AHIP) and is the co-author of “Music Therapy Reimbursement: Best Practices and Procedures”. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.

Email: simpson@musictherapy.org

National Office phone: 301-589-3300

Judy’s ext. 105

Rebecca Preddie, BA: preddie@musictherapy.org

Rebecca’s ext. 108

Advocacy resources (toolkit)

Reimbursement resources

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

The Call to Courage with Brené Brown

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5. Music Therapy Advocacy: Judy Simpson, MT-BC (part 1)

In this episode, Judy and Tricia discuss Judy’s experiences as a clinician and as an AMTA administrator. Judy also shares about finding therapists for her own daughter and what she looked for in a therapist as a parent.

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Judy Simpson, AMTA Director of Government Relations, represents the music therapy profession with legislators, agencies, and coalitions on the state and federal level. For the last 13 years, Judy has led AMTA’s national state recognition initiative in collaboration with Certification Board for Music Therapists’ Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Dena Register and Regulatory Affairs Associate, Kimberly Sena Moore. She has presented and participated in advocacy trainings and events in 26 states and has contributed to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. In addition to her government relations work, Judy is also responsible for providing reimbursement guidance to AMTA members and music therapy consumers. She holds the professional designation of “Managed Healthcare Professional” from America’s Health Insurance Plans, (AHIP) and is the co-author of “Music Therapy Reimbursement: Best Practices and Procedures”. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.

Email: simpson@musictherapy.org

National Office phone: 301-589-3300

Judy’s ext. 105

Advocacy resources (toolkit)

Rebecca Preddie, BA: preddie@musictherapy.org

Rebecca’s ext. 108

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4. Functional Percussion: Demeko Freeman, MMT, MT-BC (part 2)

In this episode, Demeko and Tricia talk about the history of the percussion instruments we use clinically and the importance of being culturally informed to responsibly lead our sessions.

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Babatunde Olatunji

Drums of Passion

Tito Puente

Mamady Keïta

Bolokada Conde

Community Song and Rhythm: Demeko’s Website

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3. Facing Our Fears: Demeko Freeman, MMT, MT-BC (part 1)

In this episode, Demeko and Tricia talk about stepping outside of our comfort zones and how to challenge our own resistance in our personal lives. Demeko shares his personal stories and how he found his way to Music Therapy.

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Demeko Freeman MMT, entered the field of music therapy with a backpack, a tent, and a Djembe. He was greeted with small chuckle when he questioned, “Why do I need anything else but a drum?” He has since gained a fuller understanding of music therapy, which has deepened his belief in the function of percussion and rhythm in therapeutic contexts. He is interested in the effects of ritual, traditional rhythms and instruments, and group music making on community well being, as well as aiding in the development of the fields functional percussion competencies. His top three percussion cultures of study are West African Manding Music, Afro-Cuban Percussion, and Brazilian Samba.

Resources Mentioned:

Babatunde Olatunji

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2. The Impossible Machine: Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC

In this episode, Rachel and Tricia discuss Rachel’s journey as a Music Therapist, how she has grown her online business, and how she continues to give back to the Music Therapy community.

Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist in Springfield, Illinois. She is the founder and co-owner of Music Therapy Connections, a private practice and teaching studio that helps people of all ages and abilities to learn and grow through music. Rachel is also the creator of Listen & Learn Music, a collection of songs, materials and resources for music therapists, educators and other professionals who work with children. She co-hosts the Creative Business Breakdown and Guitars & Granola Bars podcasts. Rachel has two children, Parker (5) and Mia Belle (3), who she considers to be her little muses. When she’s not creating or performing music, she enjoys biking and traveling with her husband, Zach.

Check out Rachel online!

Website: https://listenlearnmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ListenLearnMusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelrambach

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RachelRambach

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1. Private Practice vs. Employment: Sarah Jane Mason, MT-BC

In this episode, Sarah Jane and Tricia discuss Sarah Jane’s journey starting and restarting her private practice in several states and why she now prefers working for a non-profit company. Sarah Jane shares her insights and advice for Music Therapists in either setting and how to choose what works best for you.

Sarah Jane is a mom, wife, lover of life, and always a southern island girl at heart. By day, she’s a music therapist and multi-instrumentalist, using interactive and improvisational music experiences to help kids with special needs grow and develop. By night she’s a genre-bending performer with a professional career filled with an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, soul, folk, broadway and classical. She lives by the ocean on Cape Cod, MA.

Check out Sarah Jane online!

Website: http://liferhythmmusic.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sarahjanesings

Other resources mentioned:

Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC: https://musictherapyed.com/courses/kat-fulton-experts-zen/

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC: https://ubdrumcircles.com

Judy Simpson, MT-BC: https://www.musictherapy.org/policy/grteam/

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