I am beginning a new journey under the banner of MusicTherapy365. This doesn’t mean that you will get a post everyday, simply that music therapy is an aspect of my life I cannot ignore, on a daily basis.
Who Am I?
My name is John Lawrence. I am a music therapist and educator from Canada where I have been in private practice for the past 15 years. My professional interests include: Music therapy (MT) with geriatric clients and persons with Alzheimer’s type dementia, Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) and the historical and developing world of MT. As an educator, I am interested in Online learning, Web. 2.0 and 3.0, Hybrid educational environments, Open software and open platforms, and social networking communities such as Twitter and LinkedIn.
What do I expect to achieve by blogging?
I’m very glad that you asked! As I indicated above, “I am interested in the historical and developing world of music therapy“. I am also a lifelong learner who likes to share what I have found. I am hoping that my blog will allow you to better connect with, and understand the world of music therapy. I also hope that it will become a valuable resource for current and aspiring music therapists as I share technological and innovative solutions for clinical and business issues that arise from time to time.
What are my credentials?
These days, anyone can start a blog and write about anything that interests them. That said, I do have some specific qualifications that provide justification for this new endeavour. I have been a music therapist in private practice for the past 15 years after obtaining a Master’s of Music Therapy degree from Temple University. I have been instructing an “Introduction to Music Therapy” course at several post-secondary institutions and have found that I relish the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills as a teacher. I have chaired, and will be chairing, the organizing committee for the Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT). If those mean nothing to you as credentials, then I will simply say – I’m a bit of a rebel from Edmonton, AB CANADA who likes to “stir things up”!
That’s it for now – stay tuned for further blog postings. If you need to reach me in the meantime, here are some possibilities:John Lawrence MMT, MTA Edmonton, AB CANADA E-mail: email@example.com Alternative E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: John Lawrence Twitter: @JLisaMT LinkedIn: John Lawrence MMT, MTA