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First and Last Album Cover

When I was writing this song last week, I started thinking about all the name-related songs and activities I’ve done with my students throughout the years. Not a single one involved last names; in fact, I don’t recall even discussing the concept of last names at all.

That’s why I’m so glad one of my music therapy students has the goal of learning BOTH parts of her name — because now I have a song I can use regularly just for this purpose. First and Last gives the student (or multiple students, when working in a group) several opportunities to say their first and last names, and also explains the difference between the two.

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First and Last

First and Last

I work a LOT on names with my students. Saying, spelling, and identifying their names are common goals in music therapy, and I have songs for all three. However, I didn’t yet have a song for the latest name-related goal that was recently brought to my attention: identifying and knowing the difference between first and last names.

Up until now, the focus has always been on the first name…but one student in particular has mastered this and is moving on to bigger and better things. So I came up with a no-frills song about the different parts of our names.


Although knowing her middle name is not included in the current goal, I threw it in so that when I use this song with her or another student down the road, the option to include it is there.

I’ll be using “First and Last” mostly in individual music therapy sessions, but it could easily be utilized in a group setting, as well. For more name-related songs, click here and here.

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Count Your Blessings Album Cover

Many of the Thanksgiving songs I’ve written are centered around the idea of being thankful. (The rest are centered around turkey and all the other yummy foods we eat on the BIG day.) This particular tune combines the concept of thankfulness with counting skills.

While Count Your Blessings makes no mention of stuffing or mashed potatoes, it does give some examples of the blessings in our lives, which you could easily replace with your own. In addition, this song gives kiddos a little practice with their counting — by 1, 2, 5, and 10.

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Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings

I really wanted to write another Thanksgiving-themed song this week, but I was feeling a bit stuck. After 4 years of churning them out effortlessly, I realized I was out of fresh ideas. But a little writer’s block never stopped me before; I was bound and determined to celebrate the holiday with one more new tune.

By Saturday, I still hadn’t come up with an idea. Later that night, I was over at my parents’ house having dinner and White Christmas (one of my favorite movies of all time) was on television. As Bing and Rosemary crooned about counting their blessings, I had a thought: what about a song that literally does just that?!

And that’s how Count Your Blessings came to be. Each verse gives an example of some of the blessings in our lives, and then comes the actual counting — by 1, 2, 5, and 10. You know I love a good multifunctional song, and this one definitely falls into that category.


I envision this song serving as a great conversation starter about the things in our lives for which we are thankful, although you could also just focus on the counting aspect. Another thought I had was having students draw pictures of their “blessings” to be counted, especially if they are just beginning to grasp the concept of counting by multiples.

As we get down to the wire, don’t forget about all the other Thanksgiving-themed tunes available to you. You can find my collection here, and there is still time to use discount code “givethanks12” to receive 20% off The 10 Days of Thanksgiving.

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Family Is Album Cover

I’m one of those lucky people who has lots of family nearby and gets to see them on a regular basis. I know that not everyone is so lucky; when I worked at a residential school for children, many of my students didn’t get to see their families very often at all…sometimes not even at the holidays.

But that didn’t mean we couldn’t talk and sing about what our families mean to us, especially around Thanksgiving time. I still do lots of that with my current students, though now that I work exclusively in private practice, most of their parents are sitting right next door in the waiting room during our music therapy sessions.

Nearby or far away — like the song Family Is goes — family is most important, and that’s the way it should be.

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