September 2008

Tunes I Like

September 29, 2008

It would be nearly impossible to use only my own music in my work with children; besides, I wouldn’t want to! There are so many great singers and songwriters who are producing top-notch children’s songs – it would be a waste not to take advantage of such resources. When I’m looking for fresh material, iTunes […]

Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter

September 29, 2008

The sun has finally taken a day off, and it’s been replaced by storm clouds and raindrops. As much as I love sunny days, I am looking forward to singing a different weather song today. “Rainy Day” hasn’t had much airtime since the spring, so it will be fun to dig it back out. Take […]

Where Are Your Manners?

September 28, 2008

Yesterday it was all about appropriate language…today we’ll continue in that vein with a song about using good manners. Children receive constant reminders to say “hello”, “please”, “thank you”, and “you’re welcome”, so after a while, they can start to tune them out. What better way to teach manners than with a song? Manners, manners, […]

Friendly Words

September 27, 2008

An issue that comes up frequently when working with children is the use of appropriate language. I wrote this song for a student who had a habit of saying “pee-yew, you stink!” whether the person did or not (and most of the time, luckily, it was the latter). Now we sing this song together, and […]

On the Radio

September 26, 2008

If you’re interested in learning more about my work as a music therapist, you can listen to a radio interview highlighting a session that I led at The Autism Program in Springfield. The interview was conducted for WUIS, the University of Illinois – Springfield radio station. Scroll about halfway down the page and click on […]

Another Sunny Day

September 26, 2008

It’s been a beautiful week here in central Illinois, and actually, with the exception of a few days here and there, the weather has been consistently sunny and warm all month. You know how excited I am about the advent of fall, but I am definitely enjoying these last few summer-like days. There’s nothing better […]

Brushin’ My Teeth

September 25, 2008

To round out tonight’s three-part self care series, here’s a song that teaches the correct way to brush teeth. This can be a difficult task, so anything to make it a little more fun can help. The tune is recognizable and catchy; you’ll most likely find yourself humming it tomorrow :) Check it out: I’m […]

This is the Way We Wash Our Hands

September 25, 2008

Another essential self-care skill: hand washing. The lyrics are repetitive, making it easy to learn and fun to sing. All while the child learns how to correctly wash his or her hands! That is my goal: to make learning enjoyable, so that it doesn’t feel like learning. Here’s the song: Sheet Music: $1 This is […]

To The Bathroom I Go

September 25, 2008

This week I’m featuring a three-part series on self-care songs. I receive requests from teachers all the time for songs about using the bathroom, keeping clean, and other related topics, so I thought I’d share them with you. So here goes Part One: Potty-training. It’s not a fun job, but it has to be done. […]

More About Me

September 24, 2008

You’ve learned a little about me, but I’d like to tell you more. Specifically, how I got here and why I do what I do. Here goes: I grew up singing. At home, school, church, community theaters, anywhere they’d let me, really. By high school, I knew that I wanted to pursue music as a […]

Fall Into Fall (Part 2)

September 24, 2008

This is a song I wrote last year, and I was happy to take it back out this fall. This song can be used to reinforce location of body parts, while at the same time teaching that not all scarecrows are scary. It was inspired by the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz — one […]

Fall Into Fall (Part 1)

September 24, 2008

Say goodbye to summer…it’s day two of fall and that gives us lots to sing about! I had no trouble coming up with this song, since there are so many great things about fall. Today I asked my students to share their favorite aspects of fall, and these were the most popular answers: jumping in […]

Slowly But Surely…

September 23, 2008

…my voice is returning to normal. I am hoping to be able to record a few songs tonight, so check back in the next couple days for new additions. In the meantime, here’s a question for you: what types of social story songs would you be interested in hearing? Recently I wrote one about getting […]

Coming Soon

September 19, 2008

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been dusting off my autumn-related songs and adding some new ones to the pile.  I’ve already shared “September” with you, but there are many more, including “Fall Into Fall,” “Pumpkin, Pumpkin,” and “Scarecrow Song.”  I’ll be featuring these over the next month just as soon as I kick this […]

A New Look

September 18, 2008

If you are a returning visitor, you’ve no doubt noticed the changes I’ve made to the site. I just wasn’t inspired by the previous design, so I gave it a major overhaul this week and am very happy with the results. I hope you are too! I’ve been hard at work on my latest collection […]

September

September 5, 2008

It’s so hard to believe that September is here, and that the school year is in full swing. Over the past twelve months, I have written a song for each one of them which wraps up all the highlights of those thirty-something days into a neat little package. The first I’ll share with you is […]

                      


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