February 2011

My Favorite Things (A Singable Story)

February 28, 2011

When I was in high school, you could find me in one of three places during the summer: my job at Baskin-Robbins, the neighborhood pool, or on the stage of the Muni Opera, an outdoor community theater here in Springfield. I have lots of great memories from the 10+ shows I was in at the […]

Sunday Singalong: Red, Yellow & Green

February 27, 2011

Happy Sunday! I had a bit of a hard time trying to decide which song to feature in this week’s video. There was the option of another Valentine-related tune since this is the last Sunday in February, but truth be told, I’m ready to move past this month and get to March (specifically Spring). There […]

The Ins & Outs of Running a Studio

February 26, 2011

Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader with a few questions regarding the business and practical aspects of running a music therapy and teaching studio. Thank you for all you do for music therapy advocacy and encouraging music therapists with ideas. Your energy and ideas inspire me to be more creative in […]

Friday Fave: Getting Things Done

February 25, 2011

This book was recommended to me by the lovely Music Therapy Maven at the perfect time in my life.  Last year around this time, I was just a little stressed (and by a little, I mean so much so that I wrote this blog post).  But I listened to the audiobook version of Getting Things […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

February 24, 2011

On Valentine’s Day, I posted a song I wrote for my friends’ wedding last year called You Are Loved. The thought had not even crossed my mind to use this song in a therapeutic setting until I received an email from Michelle Erfurt. She mentioned that she could use it with her hospice patients, and […]

Turn the Beat Around

February 23, 2011

Why yes, I am referring to that old song made famous by Gloria Estefan in the 90s.  I used to love it way back in the day, especially trying to sing along with the crazy fast syllable-full verses. While I was brainstorming new instrument songs last week, this one just popped into my head and […]

Nurturing a Creative Burst

February 22, 2011

It’s happened to you before: all of the sudden, you feel the urge to create.  Whether it’s a blog post, a song, a piece of art, or otherwise, the creative juices have hit you full force.  So how do you keep the momentum going until you have a finished product to share with the world? […]

Adapted “Rhythm of Love” Lyrics & Chords

February 21, 2011

I covered this song in yesterday’s “Sunday Singalong” video, and have been getting requests for my version of it ever since.  What a compliment!  So for those of you who want to use it with your own students or just for fun, I’ve got you covered. Click below for a free download of my adapted […]

Sunday Singalong: The Rhythm Of Love

February 20, 2011

I heard this song for the first time as I was driving home from work a couple of weeks ago, and I was immediately hooked.  It was simple, beautiful, and happy…my three favorite ingredients when it comes to music.  I knew then and there that I just had to add it to my Sunday Singalong […]

All Keyed Up!

February 19, 2011

It’s that time of year again…my chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Festival!  As a member, I have the opportunity to invite my students to participate; I’m super excited for the 9 who will be playing in the piano solo category on Sunday.  I kept the group small this year being a […]

Friday Fave: Dropbox

February 18, 2011

I love this illustration (source), because it totally reflects my feelings about Dropbox and how it has changed the way I share files.  I split my work between my laptop at home and my laptop at work, so up until recently, I’ve relied on USB flash drives, sending emails to myself, and uploading files to […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

February 17, 2011

Look in any of of my bags, purses, or coat pockets, and you’ll probably find a handful of my business cards.  I carry them with me everywhere I go for one reason: they work.  Seriously!  I first connected with many of my friends, readers, customers and clients this way, which leads me to believe that […]

Happy Birthday, Music Therapy Round Table!

February 16, 2011

It’s a big month for the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, because we are celebrating our first birthday.  It seems like only yesterday that we tossed around the idea in San Diego at the 2009 AMTA Conference, and now here we are…13 episodes deep. We’ve been contemplating a website redesign for the last couple of […]

Spanish Songs, Blues & the Oud

February 15, 2011

I’ll bet you’re wondering what these three things have in common…right?  These are the topics about which I learned (along with many other music therapists) at last weekend’s CMTE, Multicultural Music for Music Therapists. The event, held at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, was a fabulous collaboration between music educators and […]

You Are Loved

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know that lots of people regard this as a “Hallmark holiday” and I do, too…for the most part. But there’s nothing wrong with having an excuse to show the people in your life — not just a significant other — just how much you care about them. One of my favorite […]

Sunday Singalong: Happiness Runs

February 13, 2011

Yesterday, I introduced you to my music therapy intern, Karen.  Today I’m sharing one of the songs she adapted and has been using in her sessions this month.  I fell in love with it the first time I heard her sing it, and thought it would make for the perfect “Sunday Singalong” video this Valentine’s […]

                      


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