Joe Bailey, Jr, MM, LPMT, MT-BC
Joe Bailey Jr., MM, LPMT, MT-BC has over a decade of music therapy experiences providing music therapy services in Atlanta, Ga. Joe is a percussionist at heart and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion from South Carolina State University and also earned a Master of Music in Music Therapy from Illinois State University. Joe is the owner of BaileyBeatsMusic LLC, and separately provided music therapy for adult mental health and developmental disabilities individuals at Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta, self-contained students with special needs in Fulton County Public Schools, and outpatient rehabilitation therapy at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Joe is also board certified music therapist and a licensed professional music therapist in the state of Georgia.
Natalie Generally Kirk, MMEd, LPMT, MT-BC
Natalie Generally Kirk, MMEd, LPMT, MT-BC is a licensed, board certified music therapist and a certified music teacher in the state of Georgia with over 15 years experience working in the school setting and private practice. She is the owner of Small Steps Music LLC and provides music therapy services in Fulton County Public Schools. Natalie earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Emory University and a Master's in Music Education and Music Therapy Equivalency from The University of Georgia. She has served in a variety of state, regional, and national roles within the field of music therapy, including President of the Music Therapy Association of Georgia (MTAG) and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the South-Eastern Region of AMTA (SER-AMTA). Natalie currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).
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What is Music Therapy?
The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program." Music therapy is used to address a variety of needs, including mental health, physical health, cognitive growth, and social needs. Music therapy can also provide opportunities for the following:
- Positive changes in mood and emotional states
- Sense of control over life through successful experiences
- Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music
- Anxiety and stress reduction
- Exploring personal feelings and therapeutic issues such as self esteem or personal insight
- Expressing oneself both verbally and non-verbally
- Developing coping and relaxation skills
- Supporting healthy feelings and thoughts
- Resolving conflicts leading to stronger family and peer relationships