Last week, the Wall Street Journal contacted me about a phone interview for an article on music and dementia. I was pretty floored, excited, happy, nervous, and more. The American Music Therapy Association was the first point of reference, and I highly recommend becoming an active member if you are a music therapist.
I figured it was worth writing home about, so I wrote an email to my Dad. First he replied with a congrats email, then he had a secondary response. You see, my siblings consist of an accountant/Marine-war-vet/business-owner, an MBA/computer-programmer/physics-major, an engineer/Marine, and then there’s me the oddball musician (and the only one to move out to California from The Deep South, the only one who is left-handed, the one known as the “delicate leaf” in the family and quite a bit sensitive). Here’s my dad’s secondary response~
That’s my Dad, the jokester =) Not so sure I’m a business person just yet, but I’m working on it. Actually I’m enrolled in an AWESOME online Business School (B-School), and it won’t be long before I will call myself a business person without reservation!
In fact, I shared the B-School link on Facebook and Twitter last week, letting everyone know that “some amazing things have happened” since watching some B-School videos. Well, *this* was one of the amazing things that happened. I couldn’t tell you the details last week because this WSJ article just came out today.
Here’s the story: The B-School coaches (Laura and Marie) published a video about “getting on the NO train.” That means, if you are an over-achiever, extremely connected, and crazy-busy professional lady (like myself), then your first response to new opportunities should be NO. You want to say NO immediately so that you leave super huge amounts of space, time, and energy available for even better stuff, the “absolutely YES” stuff.
Sounds counter-intuitive, but it feels so relieving to say NO when usually I say YES. So I said NO to everything that came my way that day, and there were a lot of turned-down opportunities! Apparently I had plenty of space wide open and available for awesome opportunities to sweep me up into the blue sky because…. The very next day, this Wall Street Journal article (an “absolutely YES” opportunity) came into my radar. Coincidence? I think not.
You gotta check out B-School if it’s up your alley!
Enrollment closes Monday night at midnight, so don’t wait too long to decide. More questions? Contact me at Kat at SoundHealthMusic dot com. Enrollment is closed. Maybe next year!
The Wall Street Journal article is entitled “Don’t Write Off Dementia Patients,” and here’s how it starts:
Watching a loved one with dementia reach the final stages is heartbreaking. But you don’t have to give up on maintaining a meaningful connection with that person. Read the entire Wall Street Journal article…
The author Ms. Gerencher did a wonderful job putting the article together. She interviewed me for an hour! The only detail I would change is that families can offer music in a supportive way to loved ones (without a doubt!), but “music therapy” specifically is facilitated by professionals. I’m sending much gratitude to Ms. Gerencher for reaching out to American Music Therapy Association and the music therapy community for this article!
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