August 2011

To Teach, Or Not To Teach

August 31, 2011

Before I go on, let me qualify that title: whether or not I will continue teaching lessons is NOT the question. But it’s a curious topic amongst music therapists. Yesterday, I had a brief conversation with one of my music therapist friends about teaching lessons. It seems that there are two different camps in our […]

August Sponsor Shout-Outs!

August 30, 2011

It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors. I’m extremely proud to feature all of the following resources here on the blog — please take a few minutes to check them out below: Music With Miss Leslie is the place to nurture the song in […]

Spotify = Total Game Changer

August 29, 2011

I freely admit that I am a total junkie when it comes to technology — particularly technology that I can use to make my work easier. I have highlighted a few of these in the recent past (Music Teacher’s Helper, Dropbox, Gigbook) and now I’m adding another to that ever-growing list: Spotify. When I first […]

Sunday Singalong: Greyson Chance

August 28, 2011

Greyson Chance is the “it” boy of the moment, if you ask just about any of the tween and teen girls in my studio. I first learned of him when he made it big performing the Lady Gaga song Paparazzi on the Ellen Degeneres show, but didn’t hear his name again after that…until I was […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

August 27, 2011

Today is my mother-in-law’s birthday, and guess what she asked for from me? A CD for the month of September that she can play in her special education classroom. Well that’s easy enough! I made monthly CDs for each classroom to supplement our weekly music therapy sessions when I worked at The Hope Institute, so […]

Friday Fave: A Fantastic First Week!

August 26, 2011

After writing on Monday about my first day back to work (and official full-time self-employment), I was hoping today’s “Friday Fave” would be a celebration of a successful first week back. And guess what: it is! I still have today’s lessons and music therapy sessions to go, but I’m optimistic that they will go just […]

8 Songs for the School Day

August 25, 2011

Going back to school at the end of the summer is a big adjustment for most kids. I know not only from the experience of working in a school setting for 4 years, but also from talking with my students’ parents as they are in the midst of this transition right now. The start of […]

Excuses, Excuses

August 24, 2011

One of the things I secretly look forward to at each lesson I teach is hearing the clever (and sometimes not-so-clever) excuses my students come up with to explain why they haven’t practiced. I think I get such a kick out of them because I was once in their shoes: a busy kid who really […]

The Keyboard Search is On

August 23, 2011

Okay, people: I need your help! The time has finally come to buy a new portable keyboard. The hand-me-down Yamaha my mom gave me a couple years ago has served its purpose, and will continue to do so in my studio’s waiting room, but I’m in the market for an upgrade. Yesterday I put out […]

Here We Go!

August 22, 2011

Early morning workout? Check! Coffee? Check! Game plan? Check! Am I ready to get back to work today or what? Check! After two long, lazy weeks of vacation, the thought of seeing all of my students this week makes me giddy with excitement. Not only does teaching lessons and providing music therapy keep my brain […]

Sunday Singalong: The Lazy Song

August 21, 2011

After sharing the lead sheet and chords for my adapted version of “The Lazy Song” last week at Listen & Learn Plus, I’ve had this song on the brain. I suppose it’s fitting, considering I’ve been on vacation since August 5 and gotten a little too used to living the lazy life! Every time I […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

August 20, 2011

Out of the many, many songs that I’ve written, Clean Up Time seems to be one that sticks in people’s heads. I suppose that is a good thing, since the goal of the song is to remind kids to clean up after themselves. This is another one of those tunes that is easily adaptable to […]

Friday Fave: Giggin’ Out

August 19, 2011

One thing I look forward to every summer is having the time to play a few gigs here and there. I very rarely get to do so during the school year (although I’m hoping that changes with my new schedule this year), so it’s been a special treat to perform around town pretty frequently these […]

Vacation = Procrastination (And That’s Okay!)

August 18, 2011

This year, I did something smart: I didn’t pretend that I was going to be super productive during my two-week vacation. I’ve done it in the past — made lots of grandiose plans and committed myself to big projects — but yet it just never seems to pan out. I’m only human, and vacation was […]

Back to School…But Not For Me

August 17, 2011

For the first time in five years, I will not be returning to school tomorrow with the rest of my former colleagues at The Hope Institute. It’s a strange feeling, for sure. People have been asking all summer how it feels to be completely self-employed, but I haven’t really been able to give a good […]

Thoughts on Professional Development

August 16, 2011

It’s the 3rd Tuesday of the month, and that means it is time for another episode of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast! This month we’re talking about professional development. Check out what Kimberly, Michelle and I have to say on this topic — including our own personal definitions of professional development, what we count […]

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