September 2011

Friday Fave: Ultimate Guitar Tabs App

September 30, 2011

It’s been awhile since I wrote about one of my favorite apps, so that is exactly what I’m doing today. Tabs is an app for both iPhone and iPad by Ultimate-Guitar.com, which is my go-to source for chords to just about any song you could ever think of. The app itself costs $2.99, but there […]

Count On Me

September 29, 2011

Just recently, I was discussing with another music therapist how difficult it can be to find songs by popular artists that are appropriate for use with our students. The very next morning while working out at the gym, this song popped up on my iPod…and I have to say I was surprised to find out […]

How Do I Love My Job? Let Me Count the Ways.

September 28, 2011

Yesterday during my presentation at the Sharing a Vision conference, I may have gotten a little carried away explaining just how powerful music can be, and how much I love what I do. If the attendees walked away having learned nothing at all (which I hope is not the case!), at least they will have […]

Sharing a Vision

September 27, 2011

Early last spring, I was invited to present at Illinois’ statewide Sharing a Vision early childhood conference. I’ve been looking forward to it ever since, and today is the day! My presentation, Music Therapy Techniques for School, Home & Play, is set to begin in just a couple of hours. I’ve given similar presentations at […]

September Sponsor Shout-Outs!

September 26, 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: Do you have a young child who wants to play the piano, […]

Sunday Singalong: The Scarecrow Song

September 25, 2011

Singing this song always puts a smile on my face, because it reminds me of one of my former students at The Hope Institute who absolutely LOVED it. He got such a kick out of singing it and finding each body part as it was mentioned in the song! It’s fun to pull out all […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

September 24, 2011

One of my favorite “jobs” (I put that in quotations because it doesn’t really feel like a job at all) is leading the early childhood music class at my church. I’ve written about Church Mice many times on the blog, because often the songs I write are meant specifically for that class. But that has […]

Friday Fave: It’s Fall, Y’all!

September 23, 2011

Happy “First Day of Fall” to you! Summer is officially over, and I have resolved to stop whining about it and fully embrace the new season. After all, it’s hard to deny that this early autumn weather is absolutely spectacular. Last week, I featured the song Fall Into Fall in my Sunday Singalong video, so […]

Student Spotlight: “The Best Day”

September 22, 2011

It’s no secret that I <3 Taylor Swift. Maybe she’s not the best live performer or most diverse artist, but she writes catchy songs that are fun to sing and I don’t mind my students looking to her as a role model. There is no doubt that her music is the most frequently requested in […]

Hidden Treasure Revealed

September 21, 2011

Most people might look at this picture and see an old piano and bench. That’s what my students saw…until I opened up the bench at the end of their lessons or music therapy sessions to reveal the hidden treasure they now look forward to each week: That’s right…stickers. The $1.99 variety you find at Michael’s, […]

Do You Give Out Your Digits?

September 20, 2011

To potential clients, that is. (I promise I’m not trying to pry into your personal life!) I made the decision to include my phone number on my studio/private practice website last spring when I was really trying to grow my business, and now am going back and forth about removing it. Here’s the thing: I […]

The 2011 Edition of Imagine is Out!

September 19, 2011

After reading the inaugural issue of Imagine — the first online magazine dedicated to early childhood music therapy — last September, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next one. Luckily for me and the other music therapists of the world, it’s here! Once again, I had the opportunity to submit an article to be included in […]

Sunday Singalong: Fall Into Fall

September 18, 2011

Fall officially begins on Friday, and I’ll tell you what: I’m going into it kicking and screaming. But it’s going to keep getting darker earlier and chillier whether I like it or not, so I might as well just accept it. I wrote “Fall Into Fall” almost three years ago, maybe I’ll come to terms […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

September 17, 2011

Scrolling back through the archives of Listen & Learn Plus, it seems that too much time has passed since I last posted a fun movement song. These are a staple of just about every music therapy session and early childhood music class I facilitate, and this one in particular has always gone over very well. […]

Friday Fave: We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 2001

September 16, 2011

When I look at this picture of my best friends and I at our high school graduation, I find it extremely hard to believe that ten years have passed. We’ve taken many pictures like it since — at each other’s bridal showers, weddings, baby showers, and other milestone events. And I’m sure we’ll take lots […]

My Musical Space: Susan Seale’s Musicalia

September 15, 2011

Last spring, I chronicled the renovation of my new studio right here at Listen & Learn. I asked readers for decorating and organizing suggestions, and was thrilled to receive a boatload of ideas from the wonderful Susan Seale, who has a music and movement education studio of her own. The pictures Susan sent me of […]

                      


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