The first time I Skyped (yes, this is a legitimate verb), it was with some of my family who live in Denver, including my 3-year-old niece and 1-year-old nephew. It was so much fun; I got to hear Kaitlin sing some songs, and see how big Jacob had gotten since the last time they visited. And the best part is that it was completely free. Technology = amazing.
But it wasn’t until recently that I used Skype for professional purposes, and now I’m hooked! I met two of my good music therapy friends, Kimberly S. Moore and Michelle Erfurt, through the internet, and got to spend time with them in person at the AMTA national conference last November. While we were in San Diego, we decided to “get together” monthly to bounce ideas off one another and just talk MT. We had our first Skype meeting in December, and another one last night. As a result, we’re now working on an exciting project in which Skype will play an important role.
After last night’s meeting with Kimberly and Michelle, I spent some time Skyping with a music therapy student in Georgia who found me by way of Twitter and has since connected with me on Facebook. (Gotta love social networking.) Erin writes a blog that recently turned its focus to music therapy, so we had a lot to chat about.
So many aspects of my personal and professional life rely on technology and the internet, which makes me wonder: how did people ever get by without it?! If you browse through my previous Friday Faves, you’ll notice that many of them are some piece or type of technology, from the iPhone, to Garageband, to my awesome microphone. We’re living in the digital age, and I’m loving every minute of it!