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 is OnlinePianist. OnlinePianist is the only animated piano tutorial online, where you can find the biggest index of piano lessons for piano music of all genres. It is also the only online piano website which enables its users to choose the piano songs which they desire to know how to play. Every piano tutorial includes free piano sheet music and notes, piano chords table, lyrics and more. You can browse all the latest popular songs by category or just search for the one you want — it’s most likely there! Be sure also to visit the OnlinePianist blog.
Listen & Learn also welcomes Theta Music Trainer to our circle of sponsors. This unique website will help train your ear with fun music games, sharpen your sense of pitch and tone, unlock the hidden patterns in music, and strengthen your music theory skills. Games such as Vocal Match and Speed Pitch will keep students entertained while teaching the fundamentals. Music teachers and students receive special discounts for full-access subscriptions to Theta Music Trainer.
Margie La Bella, a music therapist and educator, manages Music Therapy Tunes. Margie offers countless resources on her blog, including music therapy songs to teach language skills, social skills, and conceptual skills. There are over 100 lesson plans to read and use in your own practice, lyrics and chords for all of her songs, and useful info for parents, teachers, student music therapists and professionals. Be sure to check out Margie’s free download, her YouTube channel, and connect with her on Twitter.
Susan Seale of Make Me Musical, a blog filled with songs,games, child-friendly orchestrations, research and planning info is getting ready to head off to Salzburg, Austria soon. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to study at the Mozarteum surrounded by the beauty of the Austrian Alps in the town where the Sound of Music was filmed, check in at Make Me Musical throughout July. Susan will be sharing her stories and European teaching goodies on her blog.
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 wonderful sponsor, SoundTree.
Jen Sokira, the music therapist who provides valuable music education information at Involve Me Music, has this to share: “I have begun my new Involve Me Music newsletter and am hoping that everyone will want to subscribe :-) New subscribers will receive a free audio course called Music Education Inclusion Success in Five Steps where they will have a chance to review the school year that just ended and get their juices flowing for next year. Also, newsletter subscribers will get the first peek into my new programs and products being launched this summer!”
Here’s what music therapist and songwriting extraordinaire Amanda Ellis of More With Music had to say this month: “I’m finishing up my last days of my first year as Music Therapist with Pitt County school system in Greenville, NC. I was hired in August 2010 as their first, full-time music therapist. In spite of a huge caseload (serving 35 low incidence classrooms via direct service and consult model), I feel it was a great year and I was able to infuse a lot of academic topics with music. Several of the teachers gave great feedback about how the music therapy activities motivated their students and they now use music and music therapy activities daily in their classrooms! I’m looking forward to a summer of taking some time off, working on more songs (of course), more blogging and a little traveling here and there.” Thanks Amanda, and keep up the helpful songs and blog posts.
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, better known around the internet as the Music Therapy Maven, is the go-to music therapist for business and private practice advice. Just last week she revealed her #1 business mistake, and how you can avoid making it, too. Learn more about Kimberly by reading her article, My Life in 6 Songs, and be sure to subscribe to her newsletter for tips on running a private practice, plus her free productivity primer e-book.
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 a company run by Stephanie Shehan, a fellow music therapist who I first “met” via Twitter. Her tagline is “Where music therapy, wellness, and coffee blend” — clever, no?! In addition to her music therapy practice, Stephanie offers a healthy alternative to regular coffee that has me intrigued. To learn more, visit her informative website.
The Music Therapy Tween is Michelle Erfurt, a music therapist and self-admitted hobby addict who has channeled her love of crafts into a successful business. Have you visited Michelle’s Etsy store yet and browsed her helpful items for other traveling music therapists? Most recently, Michelle has shared blog posts about her most-used websites, a television show that helps with her work, and tips for driving in gated communities.
Music Therapy Connections started its summer music therapy and music education session recently, and was thrilled to welcome over 30 new families to the studio! If you haven’t already, please be sure to stop by the website and take a look at the new studio overview, or better yet, visit Music Therapy Connections’ Facebook page to check out the complete photo tour.
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.) Sign up now and get your first shout-out in July!
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