May 2011

Sayonara, Studio!

May 31, 2011

On Friday afternoon, the spring session ended and I taught my LAST LESSON EVER in the original Music Therapy Connections studio.  My lovely student Grace was happy to pose in a few pictures commemorating the occasion and showing off the extremely empty digs. The very next day, my helpful (and strong) brothers-in-law came over to […]

Memorial Day is For…

May 30, 2011

…honoring those who have served our country.   …spending time with the ones we love.   …yummy food on the grill.   …kicking off the summer!   I hope you’re lucky enough to have as beautiful weather as I do on this Memorial Day.  I’m getting ready to take my dog for a walk, and […]

Sunday Singalong: Katy Perry’s “Firework”

May 29, 2011

I usually go solo at The Hope Institute’s graduation ceremony, but I decided to change it up this 5th and final time around. So I invited my singalong bandmates to join me for a more upbeat song that I knew my students and coworkers would love. And boy, was I right.  The packed room was […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

May 28, 2011

After posting a video tour of my studio last week, many of you wanted to know: what are all of those books in that blue bin? Never before have I listed my entire collection of singable stories — all 56 of them — here on the blog. But that changes today at Listen & Learn […]

Friday Fave: Best Going-Away Gifts Ever

May 27, 2011

Never in my professional life have I felt more loved and appreciated than this week.  I knew going into my last week of music therapy sessions with my students (most of whom I’ve had for the past 4 years) that it would be tough, but they’ve made it even tougher by showering me with well […]

My Final Hurrah

May 26, 2011

This morning, one of my co-workers asked me if I was ready for my “final hurrah” at The Hope Institute, and I thought that made a great title for this post. Four years ago, I started a new tradition at Hope: an all-school spring singalong.  I rounded up some of my musician co-workers and started […]

How I Would Summarize My Life in 6 Songs

May 25, 2011

This post is inspired by JoAnn Jordan, music therapist and author of the blog Musical Gems.  She’s reading the book The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin, which prompted her to ponder this question: If I had to summarize my life in six songs, what would […]

Video Tour: Music Therapy & Teaching Studio

May 24, 2011

After two great years in my home studio, we’re down to the last 4 days. It’s hard to believe! Originally I was planning to wait until the end of the week (which is also the end of the spring semester) to move most of my things into the new space, but I decided to make […]

Three Rockin’ Birds

May 23, 2011

When I first found these canary sticks, I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d use them — I just knew I had to have them. They are easy to “play” and the bird chirping sound they make is pretty realistic. They sat unused for a few months, but I finally decided to try them out with […]

Sunday Singalong: Building a Treehouse

May 22, 2011

Rhythm sticks aren’t the most exciting of instruments, but this song makes them a little more fun…don’t you think?  My little church mice would agree: they’ve been hammering, sawing, and painting in rhythm to it for the last few weeks. Charity Kahn and the Jam Band have a pretty great collection of music that gets […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

May 21, 2011

I made the decision to go full-time with my teaching studio and music therapy private practice last fall, months before I made it official and announced it publicly. I didn’t feel comfortable doing either of those things until I was sure my business could bring in a full-time income — in other words, I needed […]

Friday Fave: My New Blogging Gig

May 20, 2011

I received an email from my friend Lisa Casciola a few weeks back, telling me to apply for the open blogger position at Music Teacher’s Helper.  Talk about a dream job: write 1 blog post a month, and in return receive a free unlimited subscription (worth $49/month) to Music Teacher’s Helper (the online software that […]

May Sponsor Shout-Outs!

May 19, 2011

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! Margie La Bella, a music therapist and educator, manages Music Therapy Tunes is the newest […]

Studio Renovation: Progress Update #4

May 18, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since I posted a progress update on my new studio, and here’s the reason: there hasn’t been much progress :(  Well, unless you count the fact that my waiting room couches have been delivered and are in place. The truth is, I’m limited in the things I can do at […]

I Like the Way You Shake!

May 17, 2011

I first had the idea to adapt the song “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” for instruments a few years back.  Originally, it was a song for tambourines or bells, but I re-recorded it this spring as a shakin’ tune. Each color has its own verse, which means that my students get their […]

5 Movies I Watch for Inspiration

May 16, 2011

This past weekend, while my husband was out of town for yet another bachelor party, I spent both Friday and Saturday evenings parked out on the couch watching movies with my dog. (Easy A, The Back-Up Plan, 50 First Dates, and Zombieland, if you were curious.) Lo and behold, all of that movie watching inspired […]

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