July 2011

Sunday Singalong: Three is a Magic Number

July 31, 2011

I don’t know what it is about these Schoolhouse Rock songs, but they’ve just been invading my head lately! Two in one summer, sheesh. (Here’s the first video, from a few weeks back.) But it’s true, what I said in the video — I’m reminded of this song each time a couple I know has […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

July 30, 2011

After moving into a newly renovated studio this summer, I realized that there were several other aspects of my teaching and music therapy that could use some updating as well. I stopped using written assignment sheets and graduated to electronic notes sent via email, I implemented online tuition payment and scheduling, and I added an […]

Friday Fave: GigBook

July 29, 2011

I’ve recommended today’s Friday Fave pick to countless people already, because they’ve all been curious to ask about it when they see me using it. This particular resource is one that I use on a daily basis, whether I’m teaching a lesson, providing music therapy, or performing at a bar. It’s an iPad app called […]


July 28, 2011

Yes, I’m channeling Carly Simon as I write this blog post. The week ahead is full of things I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time, and frankly, all this anticipation is making me a little stir-crazy! So in an attempt to ease the butterflies, I’m laying it all out here for you. FYI: […]

Goodbyes Are Never Easy, Are They?

July 27, 2011

Monday was a tough day. I had to say goodbye to two of my very first students ever as a professional music therapist. Addy was only a few months old when she started participating in my music therapy group, and Jordynn, her big sister, was my #1 helper during our group time as well as […]

5 Days and Counting…

July 26, 2011

Perhaps you’ve already heard. But if not, head on over to musictherapypro.com Why, you ask? Because we’re letting the cat a little further out of the bag with a brand new pre-launch video, that’s why!

July Sponsor Shout-Outs!

July 25, 2011

It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors. I’m happy to announce the addition of several wonderful new resources — please take a few minutes to check them out below: Music With Miss Leslie is the newest Listen & Learn sponsor! Check out her specials […]

Sunday Singalong: The Crawdad Song

July 24, 2011

I have one of my former classrooms at The Hope Institute for introducing me to this song. They had heard it on a children’s CD and asked if I could sing it during music therapy, and I happily obliged. I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this song — other than what […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

July 23, 2011

I love my fruit shakers, and so do my students. That’s why I’m always coming up with new ways to incorporate them into music therapy sessions — like, for example, in the case of the adapted Banana Boat Song I shared earlier this week. But I’m going old school with today’s resource…way back to the […]

Friday Fave: Heat Wave!

July 22, 2011

It seems like all anyone can talk about this week — both on Facebook and in person — is how darn hot it is outside. Here in central Illinois, we’ve been under a heat advisory since Sunday…but the truth is, I don’t mind one bit. Yep, I’m one of those people who likes it hot. […]

A Quick Fix Can Make All the Difference

July 21, 2011

Can you guess why Dawson looks so happy in this picture? It could be the fact that he LOVES guitar lessons so much…or it could be that we’ve finally figured out a way for him to comfortably play his guitar. That box underneath his feet was such a simple solution, but it has made all […]

Do You Keep Parents in the Loop?

July 20, 2011

I have found that some methods are more effective than others when it comes to keeping parents up-to-date with their music students’ progress.  As in, my old method didn’t work so well…but luckily, my new one does. Old method: I sent a form home in each student’s binder outlining that day’s assignments, practice tips, and […]

Psst…Have You Heard?

July 19, 2011

For the last month or so, there’s been a countdown going in the sidebar of this website. Have you noticed it? Those who have clicked on it already or who receive my newsletter already know what the countdown is all about. Today, my colleagues (Michelle Erfurt and Kimberly Sena Moore) and I have added a […]

Tally Me Some Fruit!

July 18, 2011

Last week one of my students’ parents mentioned that her daughter was really into “Day-O” — otherwise known as The Banana Boat Song, by Harry Belafonte.  Oh, and my student wondered if there was a version about oranges, too…which of course had my wheels turning immediately. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate my fruit […]

Sunday Singalong: Angry Birds Theme

July 17, 2011

Recently my almost-three-year-old nephew and I were sitting together in the backseat of the car. I had my iPhone out, and he asked if we could play Angry Birds. So I opened the app and handed the phone over to him, at which point he asked me (ok, ordered me) to “turn on the music!”. […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

July 16, 2011

Last week at Listen & Learn, I shared a few of my favorite vocal warm-ups in this Sunday Singalong video. I’ve been meaning to write them out for my voice students, and finally got around to it this weekend…so naturally I’m passing them along to members of Listen & Learn Plus! Not only did I […]

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