I don’t know where to begin this post, because I have been away from my blog way too long.
Long story short, I had a full-time non-music therapy work until April in addition to taking care of my “not-so-baby-anymore-but-surely-toddler-now” daughter. I’ve tried to be in front of my Mac and type something, but have found myself being so exhausted. I gave myself a little break from the blogsphere. Again.
Then I have finally started to get back to the great land of music therapy since last month. Last night, I had an opportunity to present music therapy at a brain injury support group and it was AMAZING to get to know a little about the audience and share about music therapy with them.
I loved the way the support group facilitator suggested to ask the audience a question, “What is music therapy to you anyway?” at the beginning and I elaborated my presentation based on their comments. I was feeling like, “Why haven’t I done presentations in the past this way?” I have always tried to be interactive and be sensitive about what the audience wants to know, but this time it was better because my presentation could become much more “audience-focused” ever thanks to the suggestion by the facilitator and I was less “just delivering my message”. The audience seemed to be fascinated by learning what music therapy actually does and can offer and I couldn’t stop grinning 🙂
And to be honest with you, THE question “What is Music Therapy?” used to haunt me at dinner tables with family and friends, doctor’s offices, or anywhere I go. It’s not that I didn’t want to talk about music therapy (of course not!) but that it was so challenging to sum up what we do in a short conversation. I have my own version of elevator speech for “What is Music Therapy?”, but in the end I tend to get excited to talk a lot about it and sure enough, I realized I was talking non-stop for a while… 😛
Now you know why I was away from this blog and music therapy for a while. I’ve been feeling something was so missing. I did not have many enough opportunities to answer to the question, “what is music therapy?”.
Focusing on music therapy brings one greatest thing- I have more time with my daughter and family!
I feel I’m “home” again.