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 your child’s heart. Check out her specials on new and gently used music books and games here and save up to 60%. Be sure also to visit Miss Leslie’s wonderful blog, where she shares articles and videos to help people incorporate music into their lives.
Opus Music Education is one of Listen & Learn’s newest sponsors! Opus Music Education offers a searchable database of music teachers in California and affordable private music lessons in virtually every instrument. Every first music lesson is always free. Opus also offers Opus Music Worksheets, a database of high quality, free printable music education resources, including free music theory worksheets, free music flashcards, free music business forms, and many other free music learning resources for music teachers, music students, and parents.
August has been a very exciting month for OnlinePianist, as they have just recently celebrated 150,000 registered members. This is the place to learn piano online! They are about to launch their new player at the beginning of September, as well as a new design for the entire site with a new and improved piano tabs section. All registered members will get a free two-week trial on the new premium player.
Theta Music Trainer 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. They’ve added five new music games over the summer, as well as many new features for teachers and students. It’s now easier for teachers to assign games for homework, check student progress on games and submit feedback. You can check it all out at trainer.thetamusic.com.
Margie La Bella, a music therapist and educator, manages Music Therapy Tunes and now officially has videos on her website! And you can now download physical CDs, as well as MP3 “albums”! Another new feature is that you can choose your fave five songs for $5 or top ten tunes for $10 ( in MP3 form.) All in time for the new school year. Lastly, her CDs are in the upcoming Kimbo and Music is Elementary Catalogs!
Susan Seale of Make Me Musical is one of many co-authors in The Gratitude Book Project: A Celebration of Personal Heroes, and this September it will be available as a free e-book at her blog. If you nurture children through the arts, then check out Make Me Musical. Join Susan Seale as she shares games, songs, orchestrations for use with early childhood and primary ages.
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 just completed August in-service trainings and is now accepting bookings for the 2011-12 school year, including August 2012. If you’d like more information, be sure to visit this link.
Music therapist and songwriting extraordinaire Amanda Ellis of More With Music offers free song lyric sheets with chords marked along with any song customers who wish to purchase. Visit Amanda’s blog, where she consistently shares educational and memorable songs for children. Her latest is A Shape Called a Circle, with many more to come as the school year gets underway.
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, the Music Therapy Maven, has been extremely busy of late! Not only did she recently launch Music Therapy Pro (with myself and Michelle Erfurt) but she is also starting her doctorate at UMKC. I’m sure Kimberly will be chronicling this new journey in her blog and newsletter, so be sure to join and follow her adventure!
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 has an exciting new focus! Fundraising! Do you own a non-profit, or do your kids have to fundraise for their extra curricular activities? Why not raise some money and be able to offer a healthy alternative to cookie dough or wrapping paper? This fundraising opportunity will be selling healthy coffee! I bet almost everyone you know drinks coffee, why not offer them a healthy alternative? If you are interested in more information, please contact Stephanie Shehan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Erfurt is quite the busy bee, between running her Music Therapy Tween blog and Music Therapy Tween etsy shop. If you’ve ever wondered how she manages to do it all, not to mention provide spectacular music therapy services, consider checking out her latest project (with Kimberly and I), Music Therapy Pro.
Music Therapy Connections kicked off its fall session just last week! Lessons and music therapy services are in full swing, and there’s already lots of great progress (and music) being made. A huge thank you to all the parents who have been referring their friends and family to Music Therapy Connections.
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