Monthly Archives: April 2011

I Wanna Be a Billionaire…

I realize i’m totally late on this, however, I’m starting to come around to this song. I think it can be a really great song tool for therapy.  Tons of possibilites here:

  1. Rewrite the lyrics
  2. Write verses about what a client would do if they were a billionaire
  3. Great song for adolescents… hospitals, eating disorder, sibling bonding
  4. Could be interesting if done with a group (eachperson contributes a thought)
The chords are really simple… after some diggin…and it can be played on guitar or uke!
I wanna be a billionaire so friggen bad
Buy all of the things I never had
Wanna be on the cover of Forbes Magazine
Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen
Oh everytime I close my eyes
I see my name in shining lights
A different city everynight Oh My I swear
The world better prepare, for when I’m a billionaire

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“California Girls Were Unforgettable…

…but nothing comes close to the Golden Coast”

My life flipped on it’s side last Saturday! I was asked to join Dr. Barbara Reuer and her MusicWorx Inc. team down in sunny San Diego.. and I was THRILLED. I made a quick decision and decided there is no other place I could imagine myself. I will be completing my clincal internship under one of the most well respected business women in the music therapy profession… and can we say, “West Coast represent!?”

So here I am… FINALLY 2 days left of undergraduate classes- 3 weeks until my graduation date. I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now, and so much as developed over the course of these 13 months.  It’s so rewarding to see your hard work and dedication pay off.

I can’t wait to begin blogging from San Diego, CA  (5 weeks!) and documenting all my adventures.  I’ve found a great little apartment that sits literally a hop away from the beach in gorgeous Mission Beach… and I have my whole life to look forward to.  It’s thrilling to gaze into the future and guess how the next year or so will develop, and to KNOW that just shortly after my next birthday (Nov 27th) I will officially be a MT-BC.

Now… I just need a base tan. 😀

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Lub Dub Dub… I’m a Hitting a Drum: Drum Circle Facilitation

I just had one of the most incredible experiences in my student career to date.  Unfortunatley, it was completely unexpected (like most good things, I suppose), and I didn’t get much time to think or prepare.  I was casually walking to my percussion methods class for music therapy when a stampede of middle and high schools charged past.  What happened next? My percussion professor says, “Sarah, they will be joining our class today… since you’re the senior do you think you can give a short presentaton on what music therapy is… and then lead them in a drum circle?” ummmm…. Why yes, yes I can.

I had the opportunity to advocate for our profession to 65 young students who before speaking to them, probably didn’t know what music therapy was. Sure they were to shy to ask questions, however, it’s in their minds (and I like to think my super cheery and excited disposition will help them to make the right decision- Music Therapy!).

I was able to facilitate the drum circle and encorage my other classmates (mostly freshman :)) to get up and try facilitating as well… and what a great job they did! I don’t know if I would have had the courage to do that 5 years ago! I was so proud.

I feel like I picked up a few tips from this experience that I would like to share:

  1. 1, 2, 3, 4 are your new favorite numbers.  They cue beginnings, ends, and in-betweens.  It creates a sense of expecation for those that your leading the experience with.
  2. Don’t be afraid to be animated. If your shy facilitating, your circle will reflect that right back to you… it’s called… REFLECTION (a lovely therapy technique).  Jump, lift your arms, run around… get that group going!
  3. Vary it up= there is always a steady eighth note pulse to a drum circle… don’t be afraid to change tempos, dynamics, and rhythms during your time up there.
  4. Leave room for solos.  Some are willing, some are not… but put it out there.
  5. Try to use as few verbal cues as possible.  The longer the experience lasts, the less you’ll have to use your mouth because group members will for sure start to pick up on cues and body language.

There you have it.  It your EVER given an opportunity to lead a drum circle… don’t pass up on it. It’s truly an experience!


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