As we begin 2016, we often take a moment reflect on the past and think about the future. (Tis the season for resolutions.) But instead of planning for the future or replaying our past, what would happen if we spent 2016 being present. So much of our mental energy is spent worrying about what will come or rehearsing what has already been. Let's all take a moment to "hit the pause button" in life. To breathe. To be. To listen within. Let's enjoy 2016 for what it is and resolve to stop resolving.
Music Journey's music therapist, Nicole Hahna, was interviewed for an article in the Ellwood City Ledger by Patti Stone. The article highlighted Music Journey's focus on the use of The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) in working with clients with various psychological needs. In the interview, Nicole discussed her use of GIM with survivors of abuse, trauma, and domestic violence.
To read the full article, go to: http://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/news/local_news/music-therapy-can-help-with-psychological-issues/article_fe9137c5-14b3-5f91-873c-ae20a7a0815f.html.
Additionally, Nicole was interviewed by WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR Station, for her work as Co-Chair of the PA Task Force on Occupational Regulation of Music Therapy. As Co-Chair, Nicole helped to organize 2 Music Therapy Resolutions sponsored by Senator Folmer and Representative Deasy as part of the 2nd Annual PA Music Therapy Hill Day.
To read the full article, go to: http://wesa.fm/post/pa-house-and-senate-recognize-music-therapy.
Yes, fall is upon us and Nicole and I are making our way around the Pittsburgh area answering questions about our work in Music Therapy, The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and Expressive Arts Therapy. Next week, we will be joining select healing arts practitioners from around the Burgh at the, Hillman Cancer Center's Integrative Oncology Wellness Fair. This will take place Thursday October 23rd from 12:00 - 4:00 PM across the street from the Hillman Cancer Center in the UPMC Shadyside conference center.
Learn more from Dr. Lanie Frances director of Integrative Oncology at the Hillman Cancer Center speaking with local news about the event http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/10696067-integrative-wellness-fair-preview/
We here at Music Journey, LLC are honored to be part of this event that includes: Art Therapist Doctor Lori Mackey, massage therapist Jacqueline Algaier, http://www.sanctuaryhealth.massagetherapy.com and our friends at Music for Life http://www.musicforlifepgh.com among others. This event is free and open to the public. So drop by, say hello, and register for some nice door prizes!
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Music Journey, LLC is excited to announce the release of our Fall 2014 Newsletter: http://www.musicjourney.net/news.html. Enjoy!
Music Journey, LLC is excited to take part in this Saturday's Fall Festival in the borough of Ben Avon. The event takes place on Saturday, September 27th, from 10-4. If you are in the area, please stop by and visit our booth. We will have information on music therapy and you will have an opportunity to ask Music Journey's music therapists any questions you might have about our services. We look forward to seeing you there!
We hope you can join us for our Spring 2014 groups!
It's a new year and a new day. A day for all of us to take a mindful moment to review and rekindle our excitement about our lives. Nicole and Aaron of Music Journey, LLC want to send love and light to everyone as this New Year begins. As we reflect on this New Year's Day, we are reminded of the importance of self-compassion, self-care, and self-forgiveness. In one of the mindfulness music therapy groups that Aaron runs, he works on helping people to develop ways to become mindful with poems, music, and meditation. On this New Year's Day, we hope you all create an opportunity to be mindful and appreciate the moments you live in.
Please check back for announcements of music therapy groups forming in the New Year.
We were excited to join 40 music therapists and music therapy students from around Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Tuesday October 22nd for the first PA MT Hill Day. The Pennsylvania Music Therapy State Recognition Task Force organized the event. The purpose of the Hill Day was to focus attention on the need for clients to be able to access music therapy services in all counties in the state.
Nicole and Aaron, along with a team of others, met with multiple house and senate members of the Pennsylvania legislature. Specifically, meetings were held with representative from house district 27, Dan Deasy and with state senator Matt Smith of the 37th district where Music Journey's practice is located. We greatly appreciate Representative Deasy and Senator Smith's time and willingness to discuss how music therapy is impacting the lives of people in their districts.
Here are a few facts about music therapy around PA: There are nine universities and colleges that have music therapy training programs in PA with three of those currently offering graduate training in music therapy. Pennsylvania citizens in 41 counties are receiving music therapy services. Music therapists in PA are working with a wide variety of clients. Specifically, music therapists are helping people with developmental disabilities, mental health problems, neurologic impairments, chronic illnesses, people with hearing, vision and speech impairments, and others in the processes of terminal illness. Overall 412 music therapists are committed to helping improve the lives of people of all ages through out Pennsylvania. A total of 41,000 Pennsylvanians receive music therapy annually.
We here at Music Journey are looking forward to continuing this advocacy effort in the coming months. Stay tuned for more information regarding future music therapy advocacy actions.
We are excited to announce that Music Journey, LLC is moving from our Sewickley location to our new Ben Avon location.
Here is our new address:
7115 Church Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15202
We will post pictures soon of our new space....so stay tuned!
We'd like to give a big thanks to Mickey Hart, known for his drumming for the Grateful Dead and for supporting music therapy over the years. Tomorrow, August 15, 2013, the Mickey Hart Band is doing a show at Mr. Small's Theatre in Millvale, PA. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Rhythm and the Brain Project. Come join Music Journey tomorrow, before the show, and visit our booth to learn more about music therapy. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. For more information on the show, go to: https://mickeyhart.net/shows/?event=32350.