October 2010

Sunday Singalong: 20 Slides, 20 Seconds

October 31, 2010

For those of you who were hoping for one last Halloween video today…sorry to disappoint! The truth is that after an entire month of Halloween songs, I’m ready for a change.  Today’s video is quite a departure from my usual “Sunday Singalong” fare; I gave this presentation earlier in the week at Springfield’s Pecha Kucha […]

Friday Fave: Pecha Kucha

October 29, 2010

Pecha whatcha?  That’s what I said when I was first told about this event, which was held for the second time around last night in my city.  Pecha Kucha originated in Toyko back in 2003 and is the Japanese term for “chit chat” — which is basically what the event is all about. The idea […]

Sway Like a Tree

October 27, 2010

As much as I enjoy fall — the changing leaves, the cooler temperatures, and the beginning of the holiday season — it always makes me a little nostalgic for summer (my one true love when it comes to seasons). This song came about as the result of a brainstorming session for new movement activities.  I […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

October 26, 2010

I’m always a bit reluctant to admit that aside from rewriting the words and title of Halloween Stew, I’m not the mastermind behind it. Thank you, Hap Palmer, for writing such a great Halloween song (originally titled “Witches’ Brew”) all those years ago! I had to share one last spooky song before Thanksgiving tunes take […]

Orange & Black Are All Around

October 25, 2010

During this last week leading up to the 31st, I’m squeezing in as many Halloween songs as possible — both here and with my students.  “Orange and Black” is one I wrote recently and have been singing all month. Since so many of the classrooms are decorated to the nines for Halloween, we play our […]

Sunday Singalong: I Like Halloween

October 24, 2010

The title of this post is a bit deceiving, because as I’ve stated — oh, a thousand times or so — I don’t really like Halloween at all!  But I put on a happy face for my students this time of year, and sing “I Like Halloween” with plenty of (believable) enthusiasm. Lisa Casciola, MT-BC […]

Friday Fave: Sticky Productivity

October 22, 2010

My favorite method of staying organized and on top of my life is making lists.  But sometimes it’s just so much more convenient to scribble a note on a sticky pad and stick it somewhere I know I’ll see it later…like on my computer.  I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that my computer screen […]

Peanuts Pumpkin Carols

October 20, 2010

I have a Halloween tradition with one of my classrooms at school, and that is singing Peanuts Pumpkin Carols the week leading up to the big day.  What are Peanuts Pumpkin Carols, you ask?  They are a group of cleverly penned Halloween songs set to the tune of traditional Christmas carols. So “Deck the Halls” […]

Five Little Monkeys Play Hide & Seek

October 19, 2010

It’s been a while since I shared a singable story with you all, so here’s one that I’ve been enjoying with my students lately.  It’s called Five Little Monkeys Play Hide & Seek, and I bought it because this monkey book has always been such a hit. What I didn’t realize when ordering the book […]

Custom Song: The Texas Pledge

October 18, 2010

Did you know that Texas state law requires all students to memorize and recite the state pledge each day at school?  Neither did I, until I received this email from Rene, a Listen & Learn reader from the Lonestar State: What I have wanted, what my kids have requested for several years, is a song […]

500th Post!

October 18, 2010

I opened up WordPress this morning with the intention of posting a brand new custom song when I realized that I’ve hit the big 5-0-0.  That’s right: 500 posts in just a little over two years.  Holy smokes! Here are a few more numbers to share with you.  Since Listen & Learn began in September […]

Sunday Singalong: Vocal Rest Edition

October 17, 2010

My plans for a brand-new “Sunday Singalong” video were thwarted by this icky cold I’ve been fighting for a week, and I am not happy about it.  I haven’t been doing any singing this weekend, but I have been busy writing…including my first guest post at Kids Sing Studio! Lisa Casciola, MT-BC, is the owner […]

Friday Fave: Association Memberships

October 15, 2010

This week, professional association membership has been a hot topic in the digital world among music therapists.  It all started when music therapist Kat Fulton posted a link to an article she wrote in which she listed 10 reasons why she is a member of the American Music Therapy Association. Kimberly, Michelle and I (also […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

October 14, 2010

Here’s another Halloween song for the ghouls and goblins of Listen & Learn Plus! I first shared it here at Listen & Learn (along with an adorable picture of two little girls from my Church Mice class in their costumes) last October. This isn’t the last Halloween song I have up my sleeve…there are more […]

Get in on the Music Therapy Round Table!

October 13, 2010

Do you listen to the Music Therapy Round Table?  It’s a free monthly podcast hosted by myself along with fellow music therapists Kimberly S. Moore and Michelle Erfurt.  While normally our communication takes place via the internet and Skype (we live in three different states), next month we’ll be coming together in person at the […]

The Right-Left Song for Shakers

October 12, 2010

I heard the original version of “The Right-Left Song” for the first time last fall when Kimberly Sena Moore presented it at AMTA National Conference. Kimberly has a great video of this song, which was actually written by another music therapist named Michelle Hardy. I’ve used it many times as Kimberly demonstrates in her video […]

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