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What to tell your kids on the way to their piano recital

 Some kids get nervous before piano recitals. Some are bouncing off the walls with excitement. Some are eerily serene. Regardless of the emotions your child is displaying or how many times they’ve performed, here are five simple reminders to help them prepare for their big moment on stage. 


1. When you sit down, make sure you are comfortable. Spread your arms out over the keys to make sure you are centered. If the bench needs to be adjusted, just wave your teacher over for help. This is NOT a problem and is better than being uncomfortable. 
2. Sit up tall and make sure your feet are ready if you are using the pedal.
3. Take at least one big breath and blow out all your air. Finally, when you’re ready, take another big breath and play with love and pride. Don’t forget to breathe while you play.
4. Don’t forget to bow and smile when you’re done. Even if you made a mistake, you should feel very proud and your bow is the chance for you to thank the audience, your family and your teacher for all their support. 
5. Support your peers. The other students performing have worked just as hard as you. Be a good audience member by sitting quietly and paying attention. Root for them, clap for them, and when the show is over, toast your punch with them! Recitals are a great time for you to hear new music that you might like to learn, so make note of any favorites. 

“Using” vs “Working-In” Music in Music Therapy? Huh? Is there a Difference?

Dr. John Carpente's Developmental Music Health Blog


Hi all,

Just jotting down some quick notes/thoughts on a topic that continuously pops up for me as a clinician, supervisor, and educator: the concept of music being used versus music being worked in in therapyOne word treats music as a thing, and the other as a verb. For me, the differences are pretty significant, and are a critical factors in establishing my identify as a  music therapist. The purpose of this post is to flesh out some questions and encourage dialogue. These ideas, thoughts, and questions are….See the entire blog at our new home! And don;t forget to subscribe! 

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Harmonic Healing

Harmonic Healing

“Kopshy says that at its core, music therapy capitalizes on the innate healing properties of sound. “Our brains are designed to respond to music, and we just take advantage of that,” she says. It’s not for everyone, but it can be particularly helpful if a patient has an affinity for music. “It’s motivating, and music is cool and fun for kids.” Music has universal appeal, and therapists like Kopshy are working to apply that versatility to help people overcome their struggles through engaging in music.”

This story highlights music therapy with autism by University of Oregon students, Jayati Ramakrishnan, Tiffany Han and Jiaqi Ye.