March 2012

Friday Fave: Being Elmo

March 30, 2012

Earlier this month, my dad told me to check out a documentary on Netflix called Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. I found his suggestion to be a bit random, but he insisted that it was quite entertaining and I would enjoy it. So I finally watched it, and he was right — I enjoyed the […]

March Sponsor Shout-Outs!

March 29, 2012

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: Some exciting news from Emily Sevcik of Songbird Serenade: “This past month […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

March 27, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs are available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. I have a confession. Here goes: I don’t really love the rain. Rain means no sunshine, […]

I Love the Rain

March 26, 2012

Spring not only brings a change in the weather, but it also brings a change in mood. At least, that’s true for me and many of my students — like me, lately they’ve seemed just a little more smiley and excited than usual. Day after day of sunshine and warmth has been amazing! But I […]

Friday Fave: Night of Music Therapy

March 23, 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost six years since I finished my graduate coursework in music therapy at Illinois State University. But lucky me, because I get to go back this weekend and hang out with music therapy students at their student organization’s Night of Music Therapy. It really does seem like just […]

Student Spotlight: Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”

March 22, 2012

I can pretty much predict the songs that will be the most requested by students in my studio by what is popular on the radio. Let’s just say that this has been the year of Adele: over the summer it was “Rolling in the Deep”, in the fall it was “Someone Like You”, and the […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

March 20, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs are available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. Waking up to a beautiful, sunshiney day was made better this morning only by the fact […]

Wake Up!

March 19, 2012

That’s exactly what I need to do…because after a long day that started at 4 am and included traveling by plane followed by a full schedule of lessons and music therapy, I need to find the energy to catch up on lots of work! But the long weekend I spent in Mexico with my husband […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

March 13, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs are available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. When I set out to write a song all about making eye contact, I figured I […]

Look Into My Eyes

March 12, 2012

One of the goals that I’m constantly targeting with many of my music therapy students is eye contact. And while there are many ways to build this into other interventions and activities, I’ve never written a song specifically for this purpose…until now. I kept the lyrics very simple and very repetitive, with one main directive: […]

Friday Fave: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

March 9, 2012

My collection of singable stories has grown considerably over the last few years, and continues to do so as I stumble upon new stories and receive suggestions from colleagues and readers. But I can credit my latest addition — and the tune that goes with it — to the parent of one of my music […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

March 6, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs are available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. Well, I think I must have jinxed myself by writing this song, because just moments after […]

Marching Into Spring

March 5, 2012

Okay, okay…so spring is still several weeks away. But since it officially begins in March, I couldn’t restrain myself from writing about my second favorite season. I first used the “march into spring” play on words in my March song, and it amused me enough to base an entire song upon it. As I started […]

Friday Fave: Blessed by Brenna

March 2, 2012

Brenna Westlake was born in December with with a rare skin condition called Harlequin Ichthyosis. Brenna’s skin lacks a certain protein which helps it form correctly, and instead it was formed as thick, white scales with ridges all over. Since her birth, Brenna has proved to be a fighter and won the hearts of my […]

                      


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