There are a number of ways you can celebrate music therapy week and promote our profession. Here are some ideas courtesy of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy:
*Display Music Therapy banners in high traffic areas
*Post a Music Therapy fact sheet at nursing stations and general bulletin boards
*Place a table display about Music Therapy on tables in the cafeteria, lobby, staff lounge, or waiting room. Include a schedule of Music Therapy Week events.
*Show videos (from the CAMT library, or of your own work) in the cafeteria, lobby, staff lounge or waiting room.
*Invite staff and residents to join you in performing in a noon hour concert. Distribute fact sheets to the audience.
*Organize a lunch-hour contest of music-related activities for staff. Award prizes donated by local music stores.
*Set up a display board (which you don’t have to supervise) at a visible location in your facility.
*Prepare a display of recordings, Music Therapy literature, instruments, and adaptive devices that you can supervise over a lunch hour.
*Offer an education session on a specific client population of your expertise, and include experiential of techniques and activities used in your sessions.
*Submit an article profiling Music Therapy service and staff to the in-house newsletter.
*Hold a Music Therapy Services open house in your treatment area, including displays, demonstrations, background music and refreshments.
*Host a day of music; schedule volunteers, staff, family and/or residents to play for a set amount of time for the day.
*Have daily noon hour concerts. Invite local music students to play each day throughout the week.
Happy Music Therapy Week!