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Morgan May '05 Practices Music Therapy at Bridges of Indiana

April 15, 2011

94067April 15, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Morgan R. May, a 2005 graduate of DePauw University, is a music therapist at Bridges of Indiana in Terre Haute, which celebrated the opening of a second office in that Indiana city on Wednesday.  The human service agency is dedicated to providing quality services for the aging population and individuals with disabilities.

Of May, a story in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star states, "A board certified therapist, she obtained undergraduate degrees in psychology from DePauw University and music therapy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and has worked with Bridges of Indiana since graduating last May. She's also certified in guitar and piano therapy .Music therapy can address a wide range of issues, she said, explaining that guitar and piano work require finger dexterity and fine motor skills useful in people needing physical therapy. In people suffering traumatic brain injury, singing is also productive. Speaking and singing actually use different parts of the brain, she said, explaining that one activity can serve as therapy for the other in patients whose speech has been impacted."

The article by Brian Boyce adds, "May said she uses a wide 51209variety of instruments to suit the patient's need, including percussion. Songwriting and lyric discussion are also employed. 'If using a trumpet helps, I’ll use a trumpet,' she said."

The complete text can be found at the newspaper's website.

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