October 2009

Friday Fave: Halloween!

October 30, 2009

Coming down with the flu can really set a girl back, you know? I’ve spent the last two days catching up on the work I should have been doing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, when instead, I was laying in bed with a fever, cough, and headache. But thankfully, I am all better now and […]

Shapes are Everywhere

October 27, 2009

Shape identification is a skill I’ve addressed through music with countless students, and I think I’ve also lost count of the songs and activities I’ve used for this particular goal area. There are plenty of songs out there about shapes, but I decided to write my own so that I could choose which shapes I […]

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October 27, 2009

Today, I share a cool new trick I learned for saving YouTube videos for use in PowerPoint and other applications on your computer. This info is available for Listen & Learn Plus members…learn about becoming one today! Members, click here to access this post.

State Journal-Register: Lyrical Learning

October 26, 2009

I couldn’t have asked for a better feature about music therapy than the one my local paper published in today’s edition. Many, many thanks to Ann Gorman, who spent the good part of a day interviewing and observing me, and wrote the wonderful article. It is available online, but I also wanted to share it […]

Music Therapy in the News…Again!

October 25, 2009

It has been a great year for music therapy in Springfield. Not only did our local news feature my work in August, but tomorrow, the State Journal-Register is running an article about it. As part of the interview they did with me, they also recorded a short video. I wish it included a few other […]

Friday Fave: Facebook

October 23, 2009

When I joined Facebook as a 21-year-old graduate student back in 2004, I would have laughed at you if you’d told me that one day, my mother and I would be Facebook friends. Fast-forward to five years later, when I am Facebook friends with not only my mother, but her friends, my dad, my former […]

On the Horizon

October 22, 2009

Beginning in January, I will be offering consultative music therapy services through my private practice, Music Therapy Connections. Consultative services, you ask? Though I go into great detail on the MTC website, I’ll sum it up here in just a few sentences. When a student comes to my studio for one-on-one or group music therapy, […]

The Birthday Song You Haven’t Heard (Part 2)

October 21, 2009

When it comes to ending a music class or music therapy session, I have plenty of goodbye songs from which to choose. But last year for Maggie’s birthday party, I wanted to do something a little different. So instead of ending the music portion of her party with a goodbye song she already knew, I […]

The Birthday Song You Haven’t Heard (Part 1)

October 20, 2009

Last year I had the pleasure of helping two of my favorite church mice, Maggie and Samantha, celebrate their birthdays. Not only did I lead music time at both girls’ birthday parties, but I also made them special CDs with some of their favorite songs included. The girls’ mom has asked for birthday CDs again […]

Friday Fave: Model Me Kids

October 16, 2009

Today’s edition of “Friday Faves” is brought to you by Twitter, because that is how I discovered Model Me Kids. Little did I know that many of my students already knew all about Model Me Kids, and used their videos at home. From their website: Model Me Kids® is dedicated to producing high quality teaching […]

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October 15, 2009

Problems related to payment are something that every small business faces from time to time, and a music therapy practice or teaching studio is no exception. In this post, titled “No Payment, No Problem? Not so Much”, I share some of my tried and true tips for combating such issues with members…learn about becoming one […]

‘Dem Bones, ‘Dem Bones

October 15, 2009

How about a Halloween song that almost everyone knows, or at least has heard once or twice? It’s actually an old spiritual, but over the years has become a staple for this time of year. Most of my students instantly recognize this when I begin singing or playing one of the many versions that has […]

Time to Say Goodbye

October 14, 2009

Goodbyes aren’t easy. There’s nothing fun about parting with a relative or friend, whether its for a few short days or for an extended period of time. But if saying goodbye is difficult for you, think about how it must feel for a child who has severe separation anxiety issues. Many of the children I […]

Sneak Peek

October 13, 2009

Two weeks ago, I spent some time in Kimberly Smoot’s photography studio with my buddy, Jake. Kimberly donated her talents to my CD (the one I will be giving away to families of children with autism and other disabilities) and I just couldn’t wait to give you all a sneak peek. This is the only […]

Costumes on Parade

October 12, 2009

It’s time to announce the third and final winner of the Halloween song topic contest. Congrats to Mrs. Gee, a fellow music educator, for her great idea! She had this to say: One of the schools where I work used to do a parade of costumes. I think it would be neat to let kids […]

All the Candy I’ll Eat

October 12, 2009

When I was a kid, the best part of Halloween was coming home from trick-or-treating, dumping my bag of candy on the floor, and taking inventory of all the goodies. My brother and I would sort out our candy and make trades, and then I usually proceeded to eat way more candy than one should […]

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