June 2011


June 30, 2011

This crew right here? It’s my family…well, one side at least.  All 13 of us will rendezvous in Denver this weekend for a little 4th of July family reunion — the first since this picture was taken at my brother’s rehearsal dinner back in November. Thinking about seeing my family brought to mind some of […]

How Much is Too Much?

June 29, 2011

Self-employment can be scary at first. After making the decision to leave my full-time job in order to expand my private practice and teaching studio, I did what I thought was the most logical thing, and took on as many new students as I could. More students, more income, less worries…right? But what I didn’t […]

Keep Calm and Play On

June 28, 2011

A few months back, my friend Michelle Erfurt wrote a blog post about framed motivators.  I tucked this idea away in the back of my brain, and came back to it when it came time to start decorating my new studio. I knew I wanted some frame motivators sitting right on top of my piano, […]

Microphone Stand = Music Stand?!

June 27, 2011

I tried to keep my newest piece of equipment under wraps until today’s blog post, but I couldn’t help but give my Facebook friends a sneak peek over the weekend.  I’m just wayyy too excited about my new microphone stand mount for the iPad 2! I wish I was one of those people who has […]

Sunday Singalong: Play the Cabasa!

June 26, 2011

I love the cabasa because not only is it totally fun to play, but it is also multi-sensory. The unique sound it produces, coupled with the tactile input, makes this one of my most frequently used instruments during music therapy sessions. Play the Cabasa serves as a great introduction to this instrument, but there is […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

June 25, 2011

I took advantage of the amazing weather yesterday by having a rehearsal outside. As we ran through our set list for today’s gig, I watched the trees rock back and forth in the breeze and couldn’t help but think of this song. “Sway Like a Tree” was inspired in part by my honeymoon to St. […]

Friday Fave: Kids Sing Studio

June 24, 2011

After almost three years of blogging (and over 700 posts), it still amazes me that some people think of me as an “expert” on certain topics related to studio teaching, songwriting, and music therapy.  Yet I continue to receive emails and comments from people thanking me for my resources and advice.  (Not that I’m complaining […]

Getting Flashy

June 23, 2011

When I was growing up, my voice teacher would have me bring cassette tapes to my voice lessons.  We would record warmups, new songs, and sometimes even full lessons so that I could practice more effectively at home throughout the week. In college, I bought a handheld voice recorder for the same purpose, thought not […]

MusicNotes App for iPad

June 22, 2011

I’ve been using MusicNotes.com to purchase instant sheet music downloads for over five years now.  In fact, I’m a member of the MusicNotes Digital Club, which means I save 10% on every piece of music I purchase.  (That may not sound like much, but when you buy as much as I do, it adds up.) […]

June Sponsor Shout-Outs!

June 21, 2011

It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors.  After compiling this shout-out, it’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, resources for music therapists were few and far between.  Please be sure to check out all of sites below. Our newest sponsor […]

My Biggest Misconception About Private Practice

June 20, 2011

It’s after 10 pm, and I’m just now getting around to writing today’s blog post.  So much for having more spare time now that I’m completely self-employed.  Looking back just a few weeks, I was naive to think that owning a full-time private practice was going to allow for a more flexible schedule. It’s one […]

Sunday Singalong: The Summer Song

June 19, 2011

After all the crazy-hot weather we’ve already experienced, it’s hard to believe that the official start of summer isn’t even here yet. But it will be on Tuesday, so I wanted to give you a little jump start. I think my summer song embodies the happy laziness I feel (when I’m not super busy working, […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

June 18, 2011

One of the main ways I gauge the success of a blog post is how many Facebook “likes” it gets. 5 is nice, 10 is great, and 15 is pretty awesome. The Jason Mraz/Jonas Brothers mashup I posted earlier in the week — well, it was “liked” and shared 21 times. That’s why I’m sharing […]

Friday Fave: An Amazing Pop & Rap Duo

June 17, 2011

I’m not gonna lie…I’m a little obsessed with Karmin.  My husband is the king of viral YouTube videos, and when he showed me the one I’ve posted below, I couldn’t get over this girl’s rapping abilities — not to mention her beautiful voice.  The girl is Amy, and her fiance Nick makes up the other […]

Elephants and Deer Grow Big Ears

June 16, 2011

No, this isn’t a lesson in zoology.  “Elephants And Deer Grow Big Ears” is actually the sentence I teach my guitar students to help them memorize the order of strings (lowest to highest) on the guitar. When I first started learning to play, I just memorized E-A-D-G-B-E.  But in the middle of a 7-year-old student’s […]

Mashup: Jason Mraz Meets the Jonas Brothers

June 15, 2011

The first time my student Carrie and I listened to the Jonas Brothers song “Introducing Me” during her lesson, I told her that it reminded me of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.  Every time we worked on the song, I remarked that we should do a mashup of the two tunes. It only took two […]

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