March 2011

Studio Renovation: Progress Update #1

March 31, 2011

This is what I came home to on the first day of my studio renovation.  Eek!  A hole in the wall!  But that meant I was one step closer to a beautiful new waiting room, even though it’s not looking quite so beautiful in this picture. By the end of the very next day, our […]

It’s Time for Us to Go, Oh-Oh-Oh!

March 30, 2011

The end of a month-long Church Mice session is always a little bittersweet.  On one hand, it’s nice to have Sunday afternoons to myself again until the next session begins; on the other hand, I miss the fun times with my sweet kiddos.  I mean, just look at those faces! My helpful husband came to […]

The Art of Scheduling

March 29, 2011

My guess is that I’m in the minority when I admit that I actually enjoy scheduling music therapy groups, individual sessions, and lessons.  Sure, it can be a huge headache; but there’s something extremely satisfying about making it all work (after lots of erasing and rearranging).  It’s sort of like a puzzle, and I love […]

Birthday Fun for My Studio’s Mascot

March 28, 2011

Even though Sadie spends her afternoons romping around with her cousin at my in-laws’ house (so as to keep her occupied while I work with students), I still refer to her as the official Music Therapy Connections studio mascot.  After all, my students know her and ask about her all the time, plus she’s my […]

Sunday Singalong: Boogie Baby

March 27, 2011

This song was a staple right out of internship, when my repertoire was still small and I hadn’t yet thrown myself into heavy-duty songwriting.  So my students heard it a LOT that first year, and it climbed to the top of the “hits list” right away. But as my repertoire grew and most of the […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

March 26, 2011

This weekend, my projects include creating custom birthday CDs for some little ones.  This is one of my favorite things to do, from selecting the songs to designing the cover art.  One song I always include is The Happy Birthday Song, which I personalize for each child by including his or her name and age. […]

Friday Fave: Planet Waves Pro String Winder

March 25, 2011

You know what’s really NOT fun?  Trying to string an acoustic guitar without this handy little tool.  I know, because I’ve done it both ways.  And I had no idea what I was missing, until I shelled out the $8 and realized how much time and elbow (wrist?) grease I’d wasted previously. The Planet Waves […]

Studio Renovation: The “Before” Pictures

March 24, 2011

Yesterday, I came home to a giant hole in my house.  That may sound like a bad thing, but I promise…it’s not!  Renovations for my new studio are now officially underway, so I thought I’d better share some “before” snapshots of the space in its original condition.  Note: click to enlarge pictures. My dog Sadie […]

12 Songs Every Music Therapist Should Know

March 23, 2011

We all know that the contents of our repertoire depend on the populations with which we work. But there are just some songs that transcend populations, and can be used in almost any setting — whether in a school, private practice, nursing facility, hospice care, or otherwise. Your list might look different from mine, but […]

Change is In the Air…And My Studio!

March 22, 2011

This week not only marks the beginning of spring, but also the beginning of a BIG project at my house.  I’ve hinted at this in my newsletter, but now the cat is coming out of the bag: my studio is moving! Yep, that’s right…my home studio and private practice is moving from its current location […]

Mammals In the Water (A Custom Song)

March 21, 2011

First came The Texas Pledge song, then Help Me, Rhombus, followed by A-Z (What You Mean to Me).  My #1 customer when it comes to custom songs is Rene, and she was back this month in need of a song that combined info about water mammals with specific speech sounds.  Thus, “Mammals in the Water” […]

Sunday Singalong: Wave Goodbye to Winter

March 20, 2011

It’s here!  It’s here!  Hellooooo, SPRING!  My students and I have been singing Wave Goodbye to Winter all month long in anticipation of the new season, and though I had planned to feature this song in last week’s video, laryngitis got in the way. As you can tell by listening, the song was written to […]

25 Reasons To Get Excited About Spring

March 19, 2011

Who else is as thrilled as I am that spring is just one day away?  It’s been a long winter, and I’m not one bit sad to see it end.  So in the spirit of celebration, here are my top 25 reasons to get excited (as if you weren’t already) about spring. Morning coffee on […]

Friday Fave: Weekend in Chicago

March 18, 2011

Confession: this post has nothing to do with music therapy, education, or children.  But I’m so excited for my trip to the Windy City this weekend that I couldn’t resist writing about it.  It’s been a long winter full of work-related weekend obligations, which means this trip — which has NOTHING to do with work […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

March 17, 2011

Right around this time last year, I was getting ready to spend a week in a professional recording studio, making my first studio album.  I do most of my recording in my home studio, and what I learned from my studio experience definitely applies in both types of settings.  If only I’d known them before […]

Overcoming the Mid-Afternoon Slump

March 16, 2011

My job is exhausting, both physically and emotionally.  It requires high energy, the continuous use of my voice, and lots of movement, as do most jobs that involve working with children.  My typical day as a music therapist is long and busy without much downtime factored in, so can you blame me for being a […]

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