I come across many, many resources nearly every day that have even just a little something to do with music therapy, with raising children with special needs, and with living as a young adult with special needs. Many times, the connections happen via Twitter or via the comment sections on each of my blog posts. When I found this gem, I was intrigued, and I hope you will be too!
As per the website, Music Therapy Source has a purpose "to educate the interested public of the benefits and applications of Music Therapy, to support professionals and students by serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas, and to advocate for the field of Music Therapy and its professionals."
Global Perspectives, the Music Therapy Source discussion board, allows for registered users to post on various topics and interact with fellow music therapists, music therapists in-training, and those interested in the field. In addition, there are blog posts that are written for the benefit of those who use the site. Topics include Six Steps to Surviving Internship and articles such as those about providing adaptive lessons to individuals with disabilities and their benefits.
Music Therapy Source's moderator, Matt Logan , is a board-certified music therapist living in Iowa. He has experience as an adaptive lessons and guitar teacher. In conjunction with the site, he posts Youtube videos of guitar lessons in an effort to provide a resource to music therapists when finding session materials and to guide those interested in learning to play the guitar. One of Matt's videos (and my personal favorite) is shown below
As with the music therapists that are involved with social networking, Matt is committed to demonstrating the effectiveness of the practice of music therapy through the evidence that music is a powerful tool that can be used in a variety of ways and to accomplish a wide variety of non-musical goals. Be on the lookout for new items and incentives to appear at Music Therapy Source, and get excited with me to see this resource bloom and grow to be widely known throughout the profession. Many new, exciting things are underway for the endeavor, and I'm eagerly awaiting their development!