Special needs, creative possibilities, highest potential
Music Therapy is the structured use of music to accomplish non-musical goals. Access Music Therapy, LLC offers in-home and in-school music therapy sessions as well as HealthRHYTHMS Drum Circles and Group Guitar Lessons in the Duluth, MN and Superior, WI areas. Check out my site, and contact me with any questions. Jody 218-349-1792.
I have the honor of working with some fabulous kiddos! Their parents have allowed me to share bits of their music therapy sessions with you to help build awareness and education about the power of music therapy. Enjoy! Please leave your feedback in the comments section below.
Saturday, April 20th 12-4:00 Jody will be at the YMCA in Duluth for the Healthy Kids Day. There will be a lot of fun to have! Check out the YMCA page for more information. Access Music Therapy will be giving out a free music CD to the first 40 people who visit the booth. Learn all about Access Music Therapy’s offerings for the summertime! There will be AMT’s Hand-made Super Stylin’ Guitar Straps for sale, and a drawing for a prize! Come and check it out!
“What a fun job!” That’s what I hear everyday when I tell people in the community what I do for a living. It really is! I get to sing, provide comfort, brighten people’s spirits, teach new skills, make new community connections, and all through the use of music. Amazing!
In the next few months, I am scheduling presentations to raise more awareness about music therapy. On March 20, 2013, I am speaking to the Superior Rotary Club at Barker’s Island in Superior, WI. at 11:45am. On a weekly basis, I attend a BNI (Business Networking International) group where I offer education and information about music therapy and AMT’s services. It has been a great way to increase MT awareness.
If you know of a group that would love to learn more about music therapy, please email me below. I would love to present!
I am very excited to announce that Access Music Therapy, llc, has launched it’s e-store called AMT Store! AMT Store offers guitar accessories starting with hand-made guitar straps. Check it out, buy one for a child or yourself, and please tell your friends and family about it. I will be adding more to the stock of items as time goes by, so check back often. If there is a special pattern or character fabric that you would like used on a guitar, contact me below, or email, and I will see what I can do to custom-make your order. Enjoy!!!
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I have been doing a lot of creating lately. I’ve been making hand-crafted gifts for my family for Christmas as well as items that I can offer to music therapists, clients and the general public who love to play the guitar. I am almost ready to offer hand-crafted guitar straps. I have a teaser photo of what they look like above. I will have them individually pictured and available to purchase for $20 and shipping on my store site within the first week of the 2013 year! I’m so excited to share these with you. If there is a certain character or fabric you would like a strap made from, email me, and I might be able to accommodate your request. Read more
Being an entrepreneur is exciting and a lot of work. Longs hours, hard work, and persistent dedication has been the key to success and satisfaction in operating my own business. Through the generations of my St. George family, I have seen this spirit of success. There have been a number of business owners in my family. Read more
iPads and other tablets are a major step in the digital evolution. Today’s digital tools can help the children learn and be ready for the next generation of skills and tools. But, for some, these tools can be difficult for families to obtain due to the cost. I was recently asked to write a letter for a county waiver program to cover the cost of an iPad for one of my music therapy clients. I was not aware of this type of funding. I use an iPad in my music therapy practice, so I definitely understood the benefits, and was happy to write the letter. They also had a letter from the speech therapist explaining the benefits from her point of view as well. In researching some information on the subject, I came across some great resources that I thought parents and other professionals who work with special needs children should know about. I will share them here… Read more
As a music therapist, I hear the statement, “My fingers hurt when I play!” When learning how to play the guitar, it’s very important to practice in order for your fingers to have that motor memory to find the chords. Of course, it’s tougher to practice if the fingers are more painful than needed. There are ways to adjust the guitar stings to make it less painful on one’s fingers. I find if I adjust the strings making it more enjoyable for the client to play, then the client will practice more. I have recently adjusted the strings on a client’s guitar, and have included pictures and instructions on ways to make the strings closer to the fret board, making it easier on the fingers. Read more
As many of you can see, I have updated my website. CHEERS! The reason was due to an unexpected upgrade with the WordPress Thesis Theme to the 2.0 version. I thought it would be fairly easy. Wrong! I found out that in my upgrade, I lost everything. Unsure of what nasty button I pressed, I decided that starting over was my best bet. It was easier than trying to fix the technological problem which was above my skill level. This novice web designer is very satisfied with the outcome of her decision! Thesis 2.0 is very slick, and it is much easier to make my ideas come alive on the screen. All of the coding functions and formatting that had been difficult to do in the past are now very easy to create. For example, the number of columns, different style columns, different header formats, widget functions, comment areas, and so much more, are a SNAP! Can you tell?! I absolutely love it! Read more
In grad school, I had the opportunity to put together an ethnography project. Being that I live in Duluth, MN, which is so close to the Ojibwe reservations, I chose to research and write about the Ojibwe Native American culture and music. I spent a lot of time researching, reading, listening, viewing videos about their culture, and attending an amazing, colorful powwow. With everything I’ve learned, I have decided to share a portion of the section on music and how it relates to my work as a music therapist in the community. If anyone is interested in other areas of this research paper, contact me and I will share them. In addition, I am very open to any comments, suggestions, or corrections to my research. I tried to gain a thorough perspective of the Native American culture, specifically the Ojibwe people. But, as most are aware, there is a lot of information out there. click to read more!
Welcome to Access Music Therapy, LLC! You can find loads of information about music therapy on my site. I love the field of music therapy, and have ever since I learned about the field in 1999. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact me!