Ideas to Help if Your Loved One has Dementia

The other day a good friend called to talk about her mom, Anna, who moved in with her five years ago after a dementia diagnosis. My friend was concerned that her mother was depressed. Anna was an independent single mom who never missed a day of work at her small business. But once she retired,Continue reading “Ideas to Help if Your Loved One has Dementia”

Can Emotional Intelligence be Taught Through Music?

I just wrote a new article on the use of music to teach emotional intelligence. We know that EQ is a tough thing to teach, and some people think you either have it or you don’t. It’s difficult to teach this in a classroom, because learning must be experiential, rather than cerebral, to truly learnContinue reading “Can Emotional Intelligence be Taught Through Music?”

Singing can Help Swallowing Function for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Short but sweet article talking about the effects of music therapy and singing on maintaining or even improving swallowing function for people who have Parkinson’s. The possibilities are exciting: improved quality of life and possibly even increased life expectancy!

Now in New York City and accepting clients!

I am pleased to announce that I moved to Manhattan a few months ago and have a few openings for new clients! Because my time is limited, I am focusing on working with the populations I am most passionate about serving, using Neurologic Music Therapy techniques with people who have: Parkinson’s disease Survivors of stroke TraumaticContinue reading “Now in New York City and accepting clients!”

Drumming Study Video #2

This is an example from a drumming video I made for a pilot study for people with Parkinson’s disease, working on motor skills and quality of life. Participants reported enjoying the video and one liked doing it with her eyes closed as a way to relax after a long day. I keep this video upContinue reading “Drumming Study Video #2”

Alzheimer’s & the Power of Music

Dr. Oliver Sacks is a neurologist with a talent for telling fascinating stories about his patients. In this video, he talks about the phenomena in which patients with Alzheimer’s are able to function almost normally when triggered by familiar songs or rhythm. Sacks has long been a proponent of music therapy, speaking of its powerContinue reading “Alzheimer’s & the Power of Music”

Dancing Cockatoos and a Possible Link to Speech

This video is hilarious and also fascinating. We once thought that humans are the only animals to “lock in” (entrain) in order to dance to a beat. However, Snowball the cockatoo has proven us wrong. In research by neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel, Snowball moved accurately to the beat 9 out of 11 times- an anomaly thatContinue reading “Dancing Cockatoos and a Possible Link to Speech”