May 2010

Friday Fave: Memorial Day Weekend

May 28, 2010

This weekend is, first and foremost, a time to honor the men and women who died while serving in the military.  But for many people (including me), it is also the unofficial kick-off of summer.  Even though I have two days of school left next week, it still feels like summer begins tomorrow. That might […]

The End is Near…

May 27, 2010

The end of the school year, that is!  There are a few big events at the school where I work which signify that summer break is upon us.  One of those events happened just yesterday and is my very favorite of the whole year. It doesn’t get much better than having all of the students […]

Anywhere, Anytime

May 26, 2010

I’ve been working closely with one of my school’s speech therapists for the last couple of months, and the other day she came to me with a new song idea. She told me that she was sitting in church, singing the African American spiritual “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” with the rest […]

Sunday Singalong: Ready, Set, Wait!

May 24, 2010

I really wanted to film this week’s video outside, but unfortunately my cameraman (aka my husband) was taking a nap after a long day of yard work and soccer.  My usual studio setting will have to do for today, but there will be more outdoor videos in the near future! I chose “Ready, Set, Wait!” […]

Friday Fave: Episode 4 of Our Podcast

May 21, 2010

The Music Therapy Round Table is a monthly podcast series hosted by myself, Kimberly S. Moore, and Michelle Erfurt.  In case you haven’t already read the back-story, here’s a recap: Michelle and I met back in 2008 after she visited my blog.  Kimberly and I met in mid-2009 through Twitter.  The three of us came […]

Introducing Single Song Downloads

May 20, 2010

Many of you have asked, and I listened! Whereas previously only full album downloads were available, now you can purchase only the Listen & Learn songs you really want.  Of course, you still have the option to download the entire album, but your feedback has made it apparent that single song downloads are your preference. […]

Stop, Think and Do

May 18, 2010

The teachers at my school often ask me to write very specific songs to enhance their classroom lessons.  After all, my job as a music therapist is to support each classroom’s progress toward established goals and objectives.  Last month I was asked to write a song featuring the phrase “stop, think and do”.  This is […]

Sunday Singalong: You Belong With Me

May 16, 2010

Last summer, I wrote a post about Taylor Swift and explained why I’m such a big fan.  Almost a year later, my feelings haven’t changed, and neither have my voice students’.  In addition to classical, Broadway, and art songs, I always sneak in a pop or country song here and there.  Taylor is usually at […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

May 16, 2010

One of my favorite Listen & Learn songs – “That Yellow Bus” – is fun, simple and effective when it comes to easing the transition on and off the school bus.  The sheet music for this song is now available to members…learn about becoming one today! Members, click here to access this post.

Friday Fave: Champions for Children

May 14, 2010

I write frequently about children with special needs and the work I (and all of you professionals and parents) do to make their lives better.  But today I want to talk about another group of children: those who have been sexually and physically abused.  This is somewhat of a taboo topic in our society, because […]

Kappa Delta Recognizes Music Therapy

May 13, 2010

When I found out I was going to be featured in my sorority’s national alumnae magazine a few months back, I couldn’t believe it.   I’ve been reading the Angelos of Kappa Delta since I graduated from Rollins College in 2004, and am always amazed by the wonderful things that Kappa Delta women across the country […]

Before & After

May 11, 2010

One of the best decisions I ever made was moving my private practice from “the road” (traveling to my students’ homes) into my own home-based studio.  This has allowed me to work with many more students on a daily basis, because no longer do I need to build commute time into my schedule.  I can […]

Time to Rhyme!

May 10, 2010

Children are surrounded by rhyme: they’re in picture books, songs, nursery rhymes, and on the television shows they watch.  And although rhyming comes naturally to lots of kids, the concept itself can seem somewhat foreign. This was the case with one classroom in particular at my school; a speech therapist came to me looking for […]

Sunday Singalong: Mother’s Day Edition

May 9, 2010

When I started brainstorming for this week’s “Sunday Singalong” video, I knew I wanted to do something special for Mother’s Day.  I just wasn’t sure what, exactly.  Then I remembered a song that I wrote for my mom last April on her 50th birthday, and I had a plan.  I chose some of my favorite […]

Friday Fave: Boomwhackers & Black Eyed Peas

May 7, 2010

Today’s “Friday Fave” comes to you courtesy of fellow music therapist Kat Fulton, who lives and works in San Diego.  I had the pleasure of meeting her at last year’s AMTA Conference, and we’ve since stayed connected through Facebook and Twitter.  Kat is an expert drum circle facilitator and is truly an innovator when it […]

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Summer

May 4, 2010

As soon as warm weather sets in, I know I can count on lots of outdoor music therapy sessions with my classes at The Hope Institute.  In fact, I came in from one just now!  That is one of my favorite things about spring; the sunshine and warm breeze motivate my students to sing a […]

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