October 2008

A Song for Halloween Day

October 31, 2008

Greetings, and happy Halloween! Because it is a special day, Friday Faves has been postponed until next week (sorry!). You probably know by now that this isn’t exactly my favorite “holiday,” but that hasn’t stopped me yet from writing and sharing my collection of sometimes spooky but mostly silly Halloween songs. Today’s song leans a […]

Witch’s Brew

October 30, 2008

One of the songs I very distinctly remember singing in elementary school was called “Witch’s Brew.” It had movements and everything, and it was a class favorite that we looked forward to every year. Even as an adult more than fifteen years later, I still remember all the words and movements, and imagine my surprise […]

Custom Listen & Learn CDs

October 27, 2008

You’ve probably noticed by now that all of the albums here at Listen & Learn are available for download. But what if you want to pick and choose which songs you’d like to purchase? The answer is a Custom Listen & Learn CD! Any of the songs I post on Listen & Learn are up […]

Ugga Bugga Boo!

October 27, 2008

Halloween is on Friday, so I have just a few days to share a couple last minute songs with you. Today’s song can actually be used year-round, but it’s great at Halloween because of it’s title and lyrics – Ugga Bugga Boo! The phrase is silly and fun, and so is the song itself. It […]

Up Close and Personal

October 26, 2008

I tried my best not to seem distracted this week, but the truth is, I was busy preparing for my first non-theatre/non-classical/non-children’s music (that’s a lot of non’s!) performance ever. My audience was a little different than what I’m used to on a daily basis…in fact, since I performed in a bar, my students wouldn’t […]

Friday Fave: Flute Beatboxing

October 24, 2008

I stumbled upon this YouTube video a couple weeks ago, and I was completely mesmerized. I think beatboxing is an amazing skill, so to throw a flute into the mix is pretty gosh-darn impressive. The floutist’s name is Greg Patillo, and he is part of a group called PROJECT, whose sound is self-described as “a […]

Ten Little Ladybugs

October 23, 2008

Over the last few years, I have amassed quite a collection of books that I use with my students. I always keep my eye out for books with bright, colorful pictures and engaging content, but most importantly, the words must rhyme or have a lyrical quality. This is a must because rather than just read […]


October 21, 2008

As I mentioned last week, my husband and I went on a quick getaway this weekend and while we had a great time, it’s always nice to get back into the regular routine. This week is already off to a busy start, with an even busier weekend ahead…I’m performing this Friday evening, playing for a […]

Friday Fave: CD Baby

October 17, 2008

A random google search several weeks ago led me to a site called CD Baby, which is an online music store for independent musicians who want to sell their albums. Intrigued, I did some exploring and came to the conclusion that this site may be one of the greatest resources out there for musicians who […]

You Are My Sunshine

October 16, 2008

Last night, my good friend Victoria brought her guitar over for an impromtu jam session. Vic has just started learning, but she’s already picked up lots of chords and can keep up amazingly well for a beginner! She asked me to teach her a few tunes, so I thought I’d start with one almost everybody […]

Musical Scarf Activity

October 15, 2008

I’m back again today to share a song that I wrote to use with my youngest children in music therapy. I like to stick with a general theme each month, so October focuses mainly on fall and Halloween-related topics. This particular song accompanies a scarf activity, in which the child is asked to listen for […]

Listen & Learn in the Blogosphere

October 15, 2008

Hi all! Just wanted to stop by and mention that Natalie Wickham over at the Music Matters Blog, who I featured yesterday, posted a wonderful write-up about Listen & Learn on her blog this morning. It is such a great feeling to be included in a community full of amazing people and rich resources!

Spotlight: Music Matters Blog

October 14, 2008

As a music therapist and piano/voice/guitar instructor, I am always looking for great resources on the internet to teach, inspire, and motivate me. When I came across the Music Matters Blog, I knew this was one of those resources. Natalie Wickam, a piano teacher in Kansas, is the author of the blog, and her insightful […]

Cloudy Day

October 13, 2008

It’s Monday, but I’m not in school…because it’s Columbus Day! Thanks, Christopher Columbus, for discovering America, and creating an excuse for a day off to do all of the things I didn’t have time for this weekend. This work-week is an especially short one for me, as my husband and I will be spending a […]

Sunday Night Lullaby

October 13, 2008

At the end of many of my therapy sessions, I like to sing a calming song or two so that the transition from music is a little smoother. Lately I’ve been favoring a Laurie Berkner song called “Mahalo” (which means thank you in Hawaiian), but I have a long list to choose from. Along this […]

Marissa’s Guitar

October 11, 2008

Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful day in central Illinois, so before I go out and enjoy it, I thought I’d write a quick post. Today I want to tell you about one of my students, Marissa. I work with her both in a group and individual setting, and she is such a joy! Marissa absolutely […]

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