October 2011

Halloween Video-Palooza

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! It’s a brisk but beautiful October day where I live — perfect trick-or-treating weather, for sure. I had a chance to see lots of cute kiddos in their costumes over the weekend, and can’t wait for all the Facebook pics to start appearing on my news feed this evening. I’ve written lots of […]

Sunday Singalong: The St. Louis Swingers

October 30, 2011

Just as the World Series started to heat up, I received this blog comment from Rene, a member of Listen & Learn Plus! and teacher extraordinaire: Will you still be my music therapist when the Rangers beat the Cards in the World Series? How about a friendly “deal.” If the Rangers win, you sing “The […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

October 29, 2011

Yes, I realize that it’s not yet Halloween, and maybe I’m jumping the gun a little by moving on to the next major holiday. But Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and I wanted to kick off the season of giving thanks with one of my original songs on the topic. Sharing this […]

Friday Fave: Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treating

October 28, 2011

Earlier this month, I was lamenting how much I would miss seeing my former students all dressed up for Halloween. I was also feeling a little bummed over not being able to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters, because I’d be providing music therapy and lessons on the evening of Halloween. However, I’m feeling much better […]

A Little DIY Recording Session

October 27, 2011

I’m a little sleepy this morning after a late night of recording…but I’m not complaining, because it’s one of my favorite things to do! So much so that I’m giving a presentation at AMTA National Conference in Atlanta next month called The DIY Approach to Recording. One of the questions I receive most often through […]

What the Glif?

October 26, 2011

Sunday was a very sad day here at Listen & Learn headquarters: after two years of trusty service, my Flip Ultra HD camcorder died. Luckily, my new camera takes HD video and came to the rescue for last week’s “Sunday Singalong” video, but using that camera as a camcorder eats up the battery almost immediately. […]

October Sponsor Shout-Outs!

October 25, 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: I’d like to give a warm welcome to our newest sponsor, Mundana […]

Halloween Song Sale!

October 24, 2011

Halloween is still a week away, which gives you plenty of time to share a few spooky (and not-so-spooky) tunes with your students or even your own children. I’ve gotten plenty of use out of my Halloween song collection throughout the month of October, and wanted to make it readily available to you — which […]

Sunday Singalong: Purple People Eater

October 23, 2011

Every October, I’d go to each classroom at my former job brimming with excitement about the new Halloween songs I’d written for my students. They always went over well. But inevitably, at the end of each class I’d hear, “Can we sing the ‘Purple People Eater’ song?” Mind you, it was usually (but not always) […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

October 22, 2011

Earlier this week, I posted a new hello song I use with several of my music therapy students. Quite a few Listen & Learn readers emailed and commented that they were interested in using or adapting this song for their own sessions, which prompted me to post it as this week’s Plus! resource. Someone also […]

Friday Fave: iPhone 4S & iOS 5

October 21, 2011

Okay, so maybe I’ve blogged about my favorite Apple products a time or two. And yes, maybe I’ve even been called an Apple fangirl on occasion (hi, Dad). But really, I have my husband to blame: he has owned every single iPhone model since the day the first one came out back in 2007. He […]

We’re Gonna Have a Good Time

October 20, 2011

Over the summer, I was working on speech goals with one of my music therapy students. The letter “g” was among her targeted sounds, so I came up with a little greeting song based on it. Well the song stuck, because four months later, we’re still singing that song — and she is nailing those […]

6 Tips for Staying Healthy Around Kids

October 19, 2011

Don’t worry; none of my tips involve wearing a face mask! This post was inspired by Linda, a fellow music therapist who sent the following question in an email yesterday: I was wondering if you could write one day about how you stay healthy when working with so many students.  I began working with over […]

All the Leaves Fall Down

October 18, 2011

Fall is such a beautiful time here in the Midwest. As much as I complain about the dropping temperatures, I really do enjoy watching the change of seasons reflected in the trees as the leaves turn all kinds of gorgeous colors. The downside, of course, is all the raking that must be done once those […]

Beatles à la Brothers

October 17, 2011

One of the highlights of my week is working with Tony and Patrick, two multi-talented brothers with a penchant for Billy Joel and the Beatles. Tony sings and plays the piano, and Patrick plays guitar and piano. Both brothers have been taking lessons with me for less than a year, but have proved to be […]

Sunday Singalong: Costumes on Parade

October 16, 2011

One of the things I’ll really miss this fall is seeing all of my former students at The Hope Institute dressed up in their Halloween costumes, parading around the school. And I’ll be working away during trick-or-treat time this year, so I will just have to live vicariously through Facebook — for not only my […]

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