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Music Therapy for Children with Selective Mutism A research report on the process of music therapy as an alternative non-pharmacological treatment for children with selective mutism Though selective mutism has a low prevalence, it can be debilitating for children and contribute to poor mental health outcomes for years to come. Common forms of treatment include Behaviour and Speech Therapy, as well as pharmacological interventions. Currently, clinicians and researchers are exploring music therapy as another form of treatment for selecti
Published: October 23, 2023
Soothing, Sucking, and Songs Exploring growth in music therapy for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Canada and new research on music therapy as care for infants and their families For infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Grand River Hospital (GRH) in Kitchener, Ontario, change is in the air; they can hear it. Certified Music Therapist (MTA) Tyler Reidy, recently initiated a NICU music therapy program at the GRH, making it the third NICU music therapy program in Ontario. Reidy works wi
Published: October 23, 2023
The Meaning of Music Therapy A music therapist’s reflections on the relevance of music therapy as an essential service in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic For many, the COVID-19 pandemic was a time for reflection as individuals, workforces, and society. It is through these reflections and active responses we grow as people, workplaces, and society. In a recently published article for the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Certified Music Therapist (MTA) Taylor Kurta, exemplifies the value of reflection as she o
Published: October 23, 2023
Authenticity as Music Professionals Examining overlaps and intersections in the practice of authenticity among music therapists and other music professionals How do you experience authenticity as a professional? This was one of the questions researchers asked a music therapist, music educator, and music performer in their study, “The Experience of Authenticity Across Three Music Disciplines; Music Therapy, Music Teaching and Music Performance.” Recognizing that the interpersonal dimension of authenticity is central to
Published: October 23, 2023
Spotlight on Music Therapy and Cancer On February 4th, 2023, individuals across the globe will join to commemorate World Cancer Day ( to spread awareness and increase support for individuals suffering from cancer. As this day of recognition approaches, we take time in this issue to shine a spotlight on current research in music therapy and clinical stories of music therapy practice in caring for individuals with cancer. The Research Highlighting recent research findings and reviews summariz
Published: January 27, 2023
Music Therapists and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Why We Are Integrating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into All Aspects of CAMT by the CAMT EDI Committee The Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) has a proud history of incorporating positive social developments into our processes and practices. In harmony with this tradition, CAMT is moving forward with an agenda of embracing the core values of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).  What does this mean?   CAMT is reviewing and updating our policies and processes to reflect these values, such as equanimity, justice, and community,
Published: January 4, 2023
The Gift of Music Therapy How musician and popstar Shawn Mendes is using his success to bring the gift of music therapy to others “I wonder what it’s like,” a lyric from Shawn Mendes’ hit song Wonder, is likely a query of many young children staying in the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario who are curious about music therapy. Thanks to Mendes, now more children will get to find out just what music therapy is like. Mendes has donated $1 million to the hospital, launching the “Wond
Published: November 15, 2022
The More we Come Together… Reviewing “Addressing issues of mental health in schools through the arts: Teachers and music therapists working together” as a music therapist and teacher For many years, music has been incorporated into classroom learning in various capacities. More recently, music therapy has played an increasingly important role in fostering social, emotional, and academic skills among school children. But what would the impact be on student mental health if teachers and music therapists came tog
Published: November 15, 2022
Language Matters Addressing the use of systemic language in music therapy practice in Canada As an allied health profession, music therapy in Canada has predominantly embraced the language and views towards individuals and health that are well-established within Western healthcare. A consequence of this relationship is the adoption of Euro-centric and ableist perspectives that become apparent in music therapy literature, research, and practice. Canadian music therapists Amy Clements-Cortés and Joyce Jin
Published: November 15, 2022
Collaboration is Key Exploring music therapy research and music therapy practice and why they need to work together For Kyurim Kang, postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, music therapy research is her passion. She is driven by a desire to understand the scientific basis for the effectiveness of music therapy. In this blog post, Kang shares with readers some of the foundational research on how music activates the brain. She highlights the connection between resear
Published: November 15, 2022


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