In this episode, Mai talk to us about some of the issues within music, music history, and music therapy. Mai about the history of therapeutic uses of music dating back to 3,000 years ago, specifically from non-European cultures. She discusses the issue of this missing history due to ethnocentrism, its impact on music therapists, as well as its impact on music therapy in action. We also dive into the lack of diversity within the field of music therapy and the repercussions this is having on our field, our therapists, and our clients.

Mai Abe, MT-BC, is the founder of Creative Vibes Music Therapy, which provides music therapy sessions for people of all ages and abilities. Her passion for music and people started at a young age, which led to a dual degree in clarinet performance and psychology at the Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester. The decision to pursue music therapy culminated from a desire to honor the whole process of music making, rather than focusing on the end result. She went on to pursue her Master of Music Therapy Equivalency at Loyola University New Orleans, and completed her internship with Expressive Therapies Utah. Her mission with Creative Vibes is to enhance the strengths of each individual by fostering and modeling authenticity, vulnerability, and openness in our music together. 

You can find out more about Creative Vibes and the work Mai does on her websiteFacebookYouTubeInstagram, or email her at

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