Hello world. Ms.CJ here! Okay well, to be honest with you, it’s always me writing, but I choose to stay in the 3rd person. Why?
Because one day this web address will be where “Resident Musical Autists” can blog away, (under The Musical Autist pseudonym) sharing their thoughts and sharing their music. I don’t want this to be about me. For now though, it *is* just me writing….Ms.CJ, who is most cordially and humbly yours.
Anyways! *WE* are very excited to announce that Ms.CJ was asked to be on The Music Therapy Show with Janice Harris! Janice is known as ‘the mother’ of all music therapy blogging and has one of the most established, online reputations in the world, as a Board Certified Music Therapist.
Here’s the link, if you wanna take a listen. The Music Therapy Show with Janice Harris, July 22nd, 2011. Janice & Ms.CJ are already planning another BlogTalkRadio interview in the next couple months. Ms.CJ sure has gotta lot to say! This first interview was merely opening the box…
So, the field of Music Therapy (abbrev. MT) is relatively small, when you compare it to its cohort fields of speech, occupational and physical therapies. Facebook and Twitter easily connected Ms.CJ to every music therapist who strives to have an online presence. Gosh, once she goes to her first AMTA Nat’l Conference in Atlanta this Fall….. well now *that* is going to be fun for her to meet all her MT friends in real time.
Okay so wait, wait…..we hope you are not thinking, “are Sensory-Friendly Concerts music therapy??” Because the answer is NO. Ms.CJ will repeat… NO, Sensory-Friendly Concerts are NOT music therapy.
Then why was she interviewed on The Music Therapy Show? Because Ms.CJ is in a graduate-certificate program (at Shenandoah Univ. the only program of its kind) to become a Board Certified Music Therapist, and like she just said….the field of music therapy is relatively small. MT’s from around the world are noticing what she is trying to do here at The Musical Autist! People want the scoop.
And the field of Music Therapy is not just small – but VERY LOVING! Out of all the MT’s Ms.CJ has connected with, in the past two years, many are quite interested and supportive of the things she has been doing in the Neurodiversity Movement.
Basically, the majority of people that read this blog fall within two camps. (1) People networked in the Neurodiversity Movement within the Autism Community, and (2) Board Certified Music Therapists networked through social media.
The exciting part, which Ms.CJ would now like to acknowledge, is that she truly believes this web address has the potential to further align these two camps. How does she know that they could be even more aligned?
One very small, very simple reason.
Her Neurodiversity iconic friends are not mutually connected with her Music Therapy iconic friends….on (what we like to call) The Facebook Machine. Wha?
You know like, Ms.CJ makes a point to notice who is friends with who in the world. Well, at least on our society’s “larger than life” social media technology.
Ms.CJ has spent the past two years simply observing, and pursuing these online relationships, both with Music Therapists and Autistics alike, through blogs and social media.
The Musical Autist (soon to be non-profit organization) has the potential of standing in that gap. Especially for musically autistic people to be able to share their gifts, without the risk of being exploited by the media.