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Not Your Average Music Therapist is a space for music therapists who feel out of place or out of sorts to come together. Music therapy is a small field that faces lots of challenges. Why not go through these things together?! Kim Best is your host and will share stories, thoughts, and ideas around being the not very average music therapist herself. We’ll talk about wanting to leave the field, feeling like a phony, exploring new avenues, and other things on Kim’s mind. Guests will be invited on the podcast to share their stories and experiences within and outside the music therapy field. Listen in if you’re feeling kinda alone, and hopefully you’ll feel less alone through these episodes. Connect with us on Instagram here: @musictherapistpod

Not Your Average Music Therapist is a space for music therapists who feel out of place or out of sorts to come together. Music therapy is a small field that faces lots of challenges. Why not go through these things together?! Kim Best is your host and will share stories, thoughts, and ideas around being the not very average music therapist herself. We’ll talk about wanting to leave the field, feeling like a phony, exploring new avenues, and other things on Kim’s mind. Guests will be invited on the podcast to share their stories and experiences within and outside the music therapy field. Listen in if you’re feeling kinda alone, and hopefully you’ll feel less alone through these episodes. Connect with us on Instagram here: @musictherapistpod

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United States

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Not Your Average Music Therapist is a space for music therapists who feel out of place or out of sorts to come together. Music therapy is a small field that faces lots of challenges. Why not go through these things together?! Kim Best is your host and will share stories, thoughts, and ideas around being the not very average music therapist herself. We’ll talk about wanting to leave the field, feeling like a phony, exploring new avenues, and other things on Kim’s mind. Guests will be invited on the podcast to share their stories and experiences within and outside the music therapy field. Listen in if you’re feeling kinda alone, and hopefully you’ll feel less alone through these episodes. Connect with us on Instagram here: @musictherapistpod

Language:

English

Contact:

201-312-5312


Episodes

Nothing's Wasted with Andrea D'Angelo

6/28/2021
Today’s guest shares about her experience getting her music therapy degree, stepping into her first job, and following the path where life took her into life-giving work that is not music therapy. The mantra that is repeated throughout this conversation is “nothing’s wasted.” May you feel that wherever you are in your journey in or out of the music therapy field, your time and all the experience you gain is not wasted. Enjoy the episode!

Duration:00:47:31

You can do hard things

6/13/2021
You are not alone. And you can do hard things. This episode is a bit of a pep talk for you.

Duration:00:11:47

Gaining Mistakes with Brittany Tachkov

5/28/2021
With a wealth of experience comes the wealth of mistakes. Our guest this week, Brittany Tachkov, shares with us her thoughts about being a music therapist, learning, and growing. She touches upon aspects of her work in hospice care and her studies in counseling that infor her work and growth. I think we can all learn from Brittany’s thoughts! Soak up her insight and inspiration with this conversation. The Resilient Practitioner by Thomas M. Skovholt and Michelle Trotter-Mathison is...

Duration:01:13:11

This podcast

5/21/2021
Just a little update on how things are going, some chat about time and space, and ideas moving forward. I always love your thoughts and input, so after you’ve listened to the episode, feel free to share them! Grateful for every one of you who share this space together with me. Thank you for being here! Mentioned in the podcast: Oprah’s podcast Super Soul and the opener “I believe that one of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself is time, taking time to be fully present. Your journey...

Duration:00:23:03

Sit with it

4/24/2021
I learn something so much better when I spend time with it. Growth happens when I sit with it. The action I take is more genuine, honest, and real when I’ve let something work its way into my everyday. This conversation is about all of that. Here is a link of action steps to take along your journey of education, growth, and sitting with all of it: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Duration:00:29:31

Sit with it

4/24/2021
I learn something so much better when I spend time with it. Growth happens when I sit with it. The action I take is more genuine, honest, and real when I’ve let something work its way into my everyday. This conversation is about all of that. Here is a link of action steps to take along your journey of education, growth, and sitting with all of it: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Visit havenmedia.org and follow @weare_haven. "Haven is a collective of BIPOC womxn rooted towards...

Duration:00:31:39

A Client's Perspective with Tim Miller

4/10/2021
We have heard from other music therapists, but what about looking at music therapy from a client’s perspective. We don’t often have this opportunity because we are so focused on the work at hand, and we also don’t follow our clients after music therapy has ended. Get an inside look (and some inspiration for your work) at music therapy from a client’s perspective with my brother, Tim. Follow him on instagram: @tmiller95 Check out his photography at his website: tim-miller-photo.com

Duration:00:52:10

The weight of it all

4/3/2021
Life is heavy AF. Let’s talk about it. The end of this episode features the song "Letting Go" by Greg Best as a meditation. You can stream it anywhere you listen to music. Hear more at Greg's Spotify Artist Page. Proceeds from streaming any of Greg's music goes to Haven: a collective of BIPOC womxn rooted towards abolition, liberation and healing through art and storytelling. Visit havenmedia.org to find out more.

Duration:00:35:16

Find what works for you with Tara O’Brien

3/27/2021
We go on this journey through music therapy study being excited and expectant for the road ahead. But what happens when we get there? Tara O’Brien shares her story about transitioning from student to intern to professional and the challenges that she faced along the way. There’s so much more to being a music therapist beyond landing the dream job. Follow Tara on instagram: @taraobri Music, production, and editing by Greg Best.

Duration:00:57:25

Those "other" music therapists

3/20/2021
You know the ones… those music therapists who get under your skin. They bug you, annoy you, and you never want to be like them. But there’s a sneaking suspicion that you are like them, in little ways, maybe. So let’s talk about what things we can do to care for our own souls, so we can grow into the healthiest, most authentic and loving people we can be. Referenced in the show: psychologytoday.com betterhelp.com therapyforblackgirls.com blackfemaletherapists.com Music, production,...

Duration:00:19:45

Balance with Brandy

3/12/2021
I texted my friend, Brandy, to see if she’d record a spontaneous conversation with me, and here it is! I knew this one would be full of wisdom, and it sure is. Enjoy our chat around balance, American culture, peace and contentment, and beautiful chaos. Follow her on Instagram: @thebrandyjenkins Check out her website: http://brandyjenkins.com Music, production, and editing by Greg Best.

Duration:00:44:03

Take a moment (Bonus episode!)

3/9/2021
17 is my favorite number, so why not, on this 17th episode, share a little bonus in between our weekly episodes. So often we’re in a rush and onto the next things. But how often do we spend time reflecting? Take a minute right now and notice the beautiful small moments that happen, in and out of your music therapy sessions. Music, production, and editing by Greg Best.

Duration:00:09:11

Don't lose yourself in music therapy

3/6/2021
Imposter syndrome, comparisonitis, jealousy. These are big things that we feel and have to work through, but what I think it really comes down to is identity. Let’s not lose ourselves in the title and profession of “music therapist.” Music, production, and editing by Greg Best.

Duration:00:38:07

The Story Continues with Hayley Francis Cann

2/25/2021
If you don’t already know Hayley, I am so excited for you to get to know her here. She is a delight! Hayley shares with us the steps she took to get into music therapy, her first job, and a few inspiring creative projects. And the best part, she’s not done yet. Hayley talks about the feelings around burnout, imposter syndrome, and how she creatively finds her way through. I cannot wait to see what new thing Hayley does in her life and career as a music therapist. Enjoy the...

Duration:00:57:35

What if there's no music therapy job here?

2/18/2021
This episode is full of steps that you can take if there is no music therapy job near you. We are creative professionals, and we can creatively do something about that! Let’s walk together through some options and ideas for starting something new in your area. If you need an easy-to-read version of this episode, find one on my blog: kimbest.com One of my favorite resources of all time is the Therapy Business Blueprint by Kimberly Sena Moore. It’s only $17 and will serve you for many years....

Duration:00:58:24

Taking a Turn with Kaillie Wark

2/11/2021
I love hearing guests talk about their paths in (and out of) the music therapy field. Kaillie shares with us what it felt like to be a music therapist and the process she went through to explore speech-language pathology. She talks about her relationship with music, how much she loves working as an SLP, and how she still uses music when appropriate for her clients’ developmental speech goals. If you’re interested in speech-language pathology, find more info at www.asha.org If you want to...

Duration:00:44:37

A New View

2/4/2021
I just moved and have been taking in how different this new place is. The good, the bad, and everything in between… and the little things that I’m falling in love with. Sometimes it takes a change, a transition, to give us that fresh perspective we need to motivate our work and keep on going. We may need another person’s eyes to help us see the little things we’re missing. Having a new view can give you just the shift you need to enliven your work or life. Music, production, and editing...

Duration:00:19:21

The Pressure of "More"

1/21/2021
This may be a rant, but I think it’s a conversation worth having, even just for my own soul. I want to be happy where I am, with what I’m doing, right here and now without feeling the need to be more or do more. I want to stop chasing the idea that I always need to be “better” as a music therapist. It’s exhausting and makes me feel devalued where I am. So, I’m trying to tear down the idea that we will magically attain this idea of “better” and maybe what we have right now is all we need to...

Duration:00:18:13

From Student to Professional

1/14/2021
I remember feeling so lost as a new professional. I had no idea what to do, where to go, and what my options were in respect to getting a job. Employee, self-employed, hourly employee, contractor, sub-contractor. What's the difference? I break this all down to the best of my ability in this episode! If you have more to add to this conversation, leave a message under the post on this episode on Instagram @musictherapistpod. Download the exclusive PDF of career options for music therapists:...

Duration:00:45:49

Finding Your Inner Compass with Sarah Kliman

1/8/2021
This episode is rich with stories about what a music therapist may walk through in discovering themselves. In our conversation, we talk about trusting your gut, burnout, sustainable work, and so much more. Sarah is a social worker and music therapist currently working as a child and family therapist for a non-profit with children impacted by trauma and their caregivers. As an advocate for supervision, Sarah offers supervision for music therapists pro-bono on a limited basis, so jump on this...

Duration:01:09:29