April is National Guitar Month! It is also National Poetry Month, Stress Awareness, as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and National Humor Month. Apparently we even have weekly celebrations: The first week of April is Library Week, and also Read a Road Map Week, the second is Garden Week, the third is Organize Your Files and Medical Labs Week, and the final is Administrative Assistants and National Karaoke Week. There’s already a lot for music therapists and private practitioners to celebrate or use as inspiration for our clinical work!
04/01/16 April Fool’s Day
04/02/16 Children’s Book Day
04/02/16 Reconciliation Day
04/08/16 MWR Regional Conference begins, ends 04/10
04/09/16 Name Yourself Day
04/14/16 GLR Regional Conference begins, ends 04/17
04/16/16 National Stress Awareness Day
04/17/16 Blah, Blah, Blah Day
04/18/16 Your 2015 taxes are due! (Hopefully you’ve filed earlier than today!) Plus, if your 2016 income tax isn’t being withheld (e.g. self-employed, independent contractor, sole-proprietor, etc.), you should also pay the first installment (for the first quarter) of your estimated 2016 tax.
04/27/16 Tell A Story Day
04/28/16 Great Poetry Reading Day
04/28/16 NER Regional Conference begins, ends 04/30
04/30/16 National Honesty Day
Let’s practice guitar – pick it up every day this month! Practice those barre chords, your repertoire, improvisation, and having fun! Let’s help clients write poems and put them to music! Let’s discuss self-awareness, emotional expression, stress management, and relaxation techniques. Let’s consider the need ways music therapy can support those who have been abused. Let’s read books! Let’s sing our way through the country through various themed activities. If you attended my recent Private Practice session, you may remember to “water the garden” every day, perhaps documenting in a timely manner, cleaning the dishes, or whatever routine tasks you must do regularly but don’t need to be concerned about! These holidays and the rest mentioned above are great reminders to be the best we can be. They offer inspiration for conversation topics and session plans. Enjoy!