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July 15th: 6:00 – 7:30 pm Central Time Presentation
7:30 – 8:00 pm - Networking, resource sharing, and community building
Presenters: Brianna Larsen, M.A., MT-BC, NMT Fellow; Melissa Spiess, M.M., MT-BC, NMT Fellow
Description: Vocal and physical injuries are common for music therapists yet rarely talked about. Most music therapists were not educated on how to properly prepare their bodies and voices for the athletic demands of their jobs. Consequently, many MT-BCs experience acute and chronic injuries. Learn what common repetitive use injuries music therapists can have and strategies to prevent and recover from them.
Brianna Larsen received her music therapy degree from the University of North Dakota and completed her Master’s Degree from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College. She has presented on the importance of physical and vocal self-care for music therapists. She has advanced training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and as a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow. Brianna has provided services to a wide variety of populations including neonatal intensive care, hospice, pediatric and adult intensive care units, palliative medicine, rehabilitation, Parkinson’s exercise groups, and older adult groups. Brianna experiences great joy in learning the unique stories from each person she meets. She enjoys playing French horn in a community orchestra and playing soccer in her free time.
Melissa Spiess, a board-certified music therapist, founded Living Spirit Therapy Services, LLC in 2008. Melissa completed her music therapy equivalency degree in 2003 and Master of Music from Western Michigan University in 2006. She is a Fellow in the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapists. Her areas of expertise include neurorehabilitation for stroke, TBI, and spinal cord injury; Parkinson’s Disease; older adults; hospice; and wellness. She has presented locally and nationally on music therapy. In her spare time, Melissa loves exploring natural places with her family.
100% of the donations raised through this presentation will be contributed to the Living Spirit Therapy Services Pay It Forward Campaign to support free or reduced cost music therapy sessions for low income, rural, and minoritized older adults in Minnesota living in private homes.
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