It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors. If you haven’t visited each and every one of their websites yet, let me tell you…you’re missing out on some fabulous resources!
Make Me Musical is a blog and practical resource site created by Susan Seale. Susan advocates a “whole brain—whole heart—whole child” perspective on working with children. She is accustomed to sharing this developmental perspective via live workshops, private teacher-coaching sessions, curriculum publications and speaking engagements. Make Me Musical is her newest, creative, support-other-people adventure. Make Me Musical blog posts are filled with songs, games, child-friendly orchestrations and process-planning. Join Susan at Make Me Musical for some joyful inspiration in your work with children through music, movement and creativity!
Have you heard about the Soundbeam? This seriously cool system detects the distance, direction and velocity of body movements in a defined space, and translates these body gestures into control signals for creating electronic music or manipulating multimedia. It’s being used in special education, music therapy, the music classroom, museums, and science centers…and you can learn all about it at the website of our newest sponsor, SoundTree.
A huge congrats goes out to Jen Sokira of Involve Me Music for her recent Presidential Achievement Award at this year’s NER-AMTA Conference. If you keep up with Jen’s blog, you’ll understand why she was the perfect recipient! Check out some of her recent posts: Understanding Students with Rett Syndrome, Tips for Recorder Success, Popular Music, and many more.
Music therapist Amanda Ellis of More With Music is at it again, whipping up fabulous new songs and resources for music therapists and educators. Need a song about colors, how a bill becomes a law, energy, or spring? Amanda’s your gal. (Psst…she’s also extremely crafty. Amanda has offered to make pillows for my studio and I’m so excited!)
Stefanie Anderson Eckert, MM, MT-BC is the owner of A-Z Music Therapy Services, which provides services to individuals with disabilities in San Antonio and South Central Texas. Stefanie works in many different settings, including schools for children with autism and assisted living facilities. Her website offers additional resources and contact information for individuals interested in her services.
Kimberly Sena Moore recently participated in the Posit Science FB Q&A as part of Brain Awareness week, so be sure to check out her answers to lots of fascinating questions here. Also, her drumming article was published on PediaStaff and is not to be missed. I’d also like to share some pretty exciting news about Kimberly: this month she was officially accepted into the music therapy doctoral program at University of Missouri – Kansas City! Congrats to the Music Therapy Maven herself!
Cathy Harrison’s songs “Blue Skies”, “Taxi, Taxi”, and “Let’s Go to the Market” are still available for download at just 50 cents each. A reminder that DVDs of her new musical show will be available on her website soon for $15. Be sure to check out her musical lesson plans in the areas of math, language, social studies, science and much more.
Rhythm Ring rocks! If you haven’t picked up your own Rhythm Ring yet (they are only $5 each!) then you need to drop everything and get one. I love mine, and use it all the time with my students, at gigs, and even in my “Sunday Singalong” videos. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements.
Joyfull Cup is creating quite a buzz in the music therapy world and beyond! Last month I got to taste this healthy coffee for myself, and now other music therapists are following suit. Follow the link to get in touch with Stephanie Shehan, a music therapist who can hook you up with delicious Organo Gold — it sure beats boring old Folgers in the morning ;)
Michelle Erfurt recently made a BIG announcement: the Erfurt Music Resource is being retired so that she can focus all of her efforts on the Music Therapy Tween, the ultimate online location for music therapy information. The Music Therapy Tween’s public kick-off event was held at the Midwestern Region of the AMTA Conference earlier this month. Be sure to check out Michelle’s great products for the traveling music therapy professional on her Etsy page.
Music Therapy Connections is gearing up for a big move into its brand new studio! As most of you know, my private practice underwent a big renovation recently, and my students (all 55+ of them!) will be receiving their lessons and music therapy in the new space at the start of the summer session.
Are you interested in becoming a Listen & Learn sponsor? You can get the full scoop on sponsorship, including all the perks, right here. (Bonus: I’ll even create your ad graphic for you.) Sign up and get your first shout-out in May!