Friday Fave: Italy, Spain and Home Again

You’ve probably noticed that aside from my weekly song posts, the blog has been pretty quiet over the past couple of weeks. I don’t like to go without posting for long, but this time I had a good excuse: I was on vacation in Italy and Spain!

My husband and I had the time of our lives traveling through Rome, Florence, Venice and Barcelona. And while initially I had planned on keeping a daily journal on my personal blog, it turned out that we were way too busy for that. But I did manage to write about the first few days, as well as a final recap of the vacation along with links to all of our photos:

Italy, Spain and Home Again

I’ve only been home for a few days, but I’m finally starting to get over my post-vacation blues and back into the swing of things. I’m looking forward to having a productive Labor Day weekend, followed by the beginning of the fall session here at the studio on Tuesday.

This summer was a blur of hard work (from both myself and my students!) and fun; a European vacation was the perfect ending to my favorite season. How are you spending the final weekend of summer as we know it?

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The Lollipop Bop Album Cover

I think part of the reason the lollipop drum is so darn popular amongst children (and adults, for that matter) is because of its visual appeal. After all, it’s hard to resist playing an instrument that looks like a big piece of candy.

I wrote The Lollipop Bop to address several goals in music therapy, including hand-eye coordination, grasp, playing a steady beat, following directions, and fine motor control. Isn’t it cool how you can work on so many skills while playing and singing such a fun song?

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The Lollipop Bop

The Lollipop Bop

Last summer, my nephew Mason came over for a little music-making session with his aunt Rachel. My father-in-law caught some of the action on camera, including the photo above of Mason playing away on the lollipop drum.

I’ve been using this instrument a LOT lately in my music therapy sessions, which inspired me to write The Lollipop Bop. It’s the first lollipop drum-specific tune in my collection, and I’m digging it! Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.


The song has a bit of a retro feel to it, right? It just makes me want to pick up a lollipop drum and bop along to the music. Unfortunately I won’t have a chance to try it out with my students until the fall session begins next week, but I’m already looking forward to doing so!

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Off to School Album Cover

I’ll admit it: I was one of those kids who LOVED going back to school. Picking out school supplies, planning my outfits, even getting my first homework assignments of the year…I looked forward to all of it.

However, I know full well that LOTS of kids aren’t nearly as enthusiastic as I was about the beginning of a new school year. The positive, upbeat nature of this song is meant to give a little bit of a boost to those students for whom going off to school is more difficult.

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Off to School!

Off to School

It’s that time again: most of my students are off to school today! So in honor of this momentous occasion, I decided to give one of my older songs a bit of a facelift.

I wrote “Off to School” way back in 2009, and you can read the original blog post here. It’s been a staple at this time of year ever since, and I figured that because I get so much use out of it, many of you probably can too.


Feelings are mixed amongst my students about returning to school. While many of them are excited to see their friends again, some are struggling with academic and social anxiety. These feelings are completely normal, and will hopefully dissipate over the first few days and weeks.

While my kiddos are off to school today, I’m enjoying another beautiful day in Italy! Make sure to stop my by personal blog for a daily recap (with photos) of my travels.

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