June 2012

Friday Fave: Tuneful Teens

June 29, 2012

When I first started out as a new music therapist, the population that intimidated me the post was the tween and teen crowd. I felt very comfortable working with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, but it took me awhile to feel just as comfortable with the older students. Even today, it takes more […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

June 26, 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. Back when I worked at The Hope Institute, I had a name chart hanging up in […]

Find Your Name

June 25, 2012

Like so many others, this song was written specifically for one of my music therapy students. She is working on identifying her name from a field of several others, so now we sing Find Your Name at the beginning of each music therapy session. The visual I use is pictured above, and was super easy […]

Friday Fave: Third Floor Music Festival

June 22, 2012

Can I tell how you excited I am about tonight? The Third Floor Music Festival is an event being put on by our local arts center here in Springfield, and I’m thrilled to be included in the lineup. 10 of Springfield’s most talented musical acts will be performing at the festival, and frankly, I’m still […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

June 19, 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’m really glad I wrote this song (and this one, too) — because that means I […]

They Are the People Who Watched Us Grow

June 18, 2012

I hope you all had a lovely Father’s Day, whether you were celebrating your own dad, other dads in your life, or YOURSELF! Yesterday I shared a special video tribute that I made with the help of Listen & Learn readers and my students’ families, so be sure to check that out if you didn’t […]

A Video Tribute to Dads Everywhere

June 17, 2012

I can’t tell you how much fun I had collecting the photos for this video. After putting out a request to my newsletter subscribers and families in my studio, I received tons of emails not only containing photos, but also the stories behind them. The same thing happened last month when I created my Mother’s […]

Friday Fave: The Pencil Trick

June 15, 2012

Yesterday during Sergei’s piano lesson, we were working on C chords. Forming chords is a new concept to him, and when he was having trouble getting his 2nd and 4th fingers to stay out of the way, I introduced him to the pencil trick. I’m not sure where I came up with this idea, but […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

June 12, 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. You know what’s pretty awesome? Watching and listening as a huge group of 2, 3, and […]

We’ll Tap and Tap…and Tap Some More!

June 11, 2012

This week, I decided to give one of my OLD songs some NEW life. Tap Tap Your Rhythm Sticks has been a staple of mine since I wrote it way back in 2008 (here’s the original blog post to prove it!) and believe it or not, it’s by far my best-selling song out of the […]

Friday Fave: It’s a Round Table Reunion!

June 8, 2012

The gang is back together again! Last summer we had our first-ever “Meeting of the Minds” in Florida, and this year we’re on my home turf in Springfield, Illinois. The Music Therapy Round Table is a podcast hosted by myself, Michelle Erfurt, and Kimberly Sena Moore.  We’ve been working together from our respective states (Illinois, […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

June 5, 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. As you read this, I’m enjoying a little summer getaway in Austin, TX. It’s hot outside […]

“S” Is For Summer

June 4, 2012

Okay, so maybe it’s not technically summer yet…but ask any kid what season it is and they’ll most likely tell so! It definitely feels like summer has arrived, now that school is out and I’m enjoying a nice little summer break. “S” Is For Summer was actually written as a custom song for a child […]

Friday Fave: Let the Birthday Festivities Begin!

June 1, 2012

Don’t go wishing me a happy birthday just yet, because the big day isn’t actually until Tuesday. But who doesn’t love an extended celebration…especially when it’s a milestone year? No, I’m not turning 30 quite yet, but this is the beginning of the LAST year in my 20s, which is a pretty big deal! My […]

                      


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