2013 Maegan’s Music Therapy Adventures

 

Meeting Robert at Sundance with the Americans for the Arts

Meeting Robert at Sundance with the Americans for the Arts

 

This has been a great year for me and for much attention to the field of Music Therapy. I have posted some of the press that has covered a lot of the big events that have happened this year on this word press, but here is a little recap.

In the spring of 2013 our Music Therapy department was invited to give a week long conference in Montpellier France at one of the oldest Universities in France. It is known as the first medical school in Europe and still has some of its medieval asthetics and antiquity. We were invited to go with some the professors, students and the director from the Sam Houston State University Music Therapy department. My colleague and I also were able to tour around the region and speak at several rehabilitation hospitals to see how they do things in their country as well. More importantly we were able to hang out with our old friend and former intern in the wine country in Anduza France and…taste the wonderful wines and cheeses in the area…OF COURSE! This was a work trip of a lifetime and I am so thankful that I was chosen to go, work and enjoy.

I thought that after that adventure away from my regular life and family that I would take a little break from traveling for work this year….that is until I was invited by Robert Redford and Robert Lynch with the Americans for the Arts to come and speak and be a part of a small thinking tank at a roundtable in Sundance resort this past Fall. Earlier in the year, I had requested of my supervisor to help me say “no” more this year when asked to travel and speak, but when I told her of this opportunity she said, “You can’t say NO to Robert Redford”. I knew that she was right and I took her advice and said YES! I am so happy that I did. On this trip I was able meet with so many other wonderful artists. One being a past time favorite musician, Ben Folds. He has also been a great advocate for the Music Therapy field, so it was a great time talking with him about his ideas for the future of music and a new generation of musicians.
I met some awesome film makers (Fine Films),actors, composers, the the active Surgeon General, several other amazing musicians and last but not least Robert Redford.

It was such an honor to be invited to his home. He has done such outstanding things for the arts and is a true humanitarian. He had wonderful things to say about the work I get to do with music in the medical field. He so down to earth and such a fun person to be around. In my last post there are more details about what I was doing at Sundance in Utah. I just wanted to share this picture and remember the moment.

You never know where life will bring you. The media wave that I got to ride over the past few years has brought me into new beginnings connecting me with many others that are trying to make a difference in this world in their time here. Most importantly, we are now getting to do our own clinical research in the Music Therapy deptartment at TIRR. My colleague and I won grant money with in our hospital system. I have waited many years to do this and it is finally happening. So, look forward to more stories, adventures and hopefully research publications for Neurologic Music Therapy to come.

Happy Holidays everyone,

Mae

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