What Did We Do Last Fall?

Music Therapy students are a very kind group of talented folks (otherwise they wouldn’t be drawn to Music Therapy as a career).  Below are some pictures of our students at Maryville’s Involvement Fair promoting the Music Therapy Student Association, and an orientation/welcome – with gifts (don’t count on ’em every year) – for shiny, new Music Therapy students.

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We’re Catching Up, Folks

Okay, a lot has happened since your lowly Blogmaster has added stuff.  In order to make things easier, I’ve mooshed together pictures of various recitals and ensembles for your viewing pleasure!  As a Maryville Music Therapy major, you are expected to perform in student recitals and ensembles to get ready for the big deal -your very own senior recital!  Our students like to shake it up a bit, including a guitar ensemble doing acoustic versions of Michael Jackson songs in zombie/Thriller type makeup.  How cool is that??? Note:  You can click on most of the pictures to enlarge

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Although the Blogmaster has been a bit remiss of late . . .

. . . it doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been A LOT of activity in Maryville Music Therapy world!!  As you’ve seen in previous posts, our MT program likes themed events!  Music Therapy Seminar class hosts their end-of-semester party, and the theme was CHRISTMAS IN APRIL!!  Following are some pictures of the great time had by all (complete with ugly Christmas sweaters!)  Music Therapy students know how to throw a party!!!


Camp Stepping Stones

Three of our current Music Therapy students and two of our alums worked at Camp Stepping Stones, a bereavement camp for children last summer.  They worked with the campers and used their comments as lyrics for a song they co-wrote unto the wee hours of the night.  This video and song is a result of their efforts.  Enjoy!!YouTube Preview Image

Creative Music Making

The Maryville Music Therapy program hosted a performance of Creative Music Making on Wednesday, April 4th in the Maryville University Auditorium.  Creative Music Making is a cooperative effort by Maryville Music Therapy program,  the St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis Arc.  The St. Louis Arc is a non-profit agency that provides support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and their families, throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. It was a truly memorable experience for our students, the musicians of the St. Louis Symphony and the clients of St. Louis Arc.

Below is a link to a YouTube video/slide show the behind the scenes efforts used in this  creative music making process.  Enjoy!

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End of Semester Party!!!

On the last day of class, the Music Therapy Seminar class hosts an end of semester celebration for our Music Therapy students.  This year was no exception.  As students hurried all week to finish up projects and study for final exams, they were able to relax and party as only our students can do!  This year’s celebration was Hawaiian themed, complete with a pot luck and dancin’!!!  To see more pictures and video from the party, check out Maryville Music-Therapy on Facebook.

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Music Therapy Students Do MRO!!! (Maryville Reaches Out)

Each year Maryville University organizes Maryville Reaches Out – where students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate their time, efforts and skills to a non-profit organization for a day.  This year, our music therapy students and faculty worked with St. Louis Arc, a non-profit, United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities,  and their families, throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Our students compiled a list of song and music based activities for the residents of St. Louis Arc, and learned and practiced the songs shortly before leaving for St. Louis Arc.

Below are some pictures of their efforts!  (double click on a photo to enlarge)  Thanks to Jacob Bizaillion for taking these awesome pictures!!


 And some pictures while at St. Louis Arc! (don’t forget to double click on the photo to enlarge!)



Music Therapy Students Sing Like Cats!!!

Well, sort of . . . yes, they are singing like cats, but only as part of Denise Lane’s senior recital (she’s the one wearing the blue dress).  Nijmeh Rapp (in the red dress)  joined her in their rendition of Rossini’s Duetto Buffo Di Due Gatti which probably means something like Duet of the Buff Kitties (okay, I’m not fluent in Italian, but I figured I’m allowed at least one guess . . .)

In any event, check out the attached video. Not just anyone can sing this and pull it off—it has to be performed with maximum ATTITUDE! 


Music Therapy on CNN!!

A recent CNN News report on Anderson Cooper’s 360 Program explored the treatment of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by showing medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta experiencing re-hab at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He described the team concept of treatment and clearly showed the role of music therapy.

Maegan Morrow, MT-BC, Sam Houston State University alum and music therapist at TIRR explained her work as she facilitated a session with Dr. Gupta as client.

On his blog, Dr. Gupta describes music therapy as his “favorite therapy!”   Visit http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/18/19059/ for the video and blog.

Julie Dean’s Senior Recital

Julie Dean presented her Senior Voice Recital on Sunday, October 17th.  Julie’s performance selections included Ghost of Corporate Future by Regina Spektor; Mandoline by Gabriel Faure; and Voi Che Sapete from Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart.  She concluded her performance Under African Skies written by Paul Simon and performed with fellow music therapy students, Jarrod Ivie, Denise Lane, Dalton Wilson and Jared Rodgers. 

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