January 2013

I’ll Play a Rhythm and You Play It Back

January 29, 2013

The little chant I came up with this month is one of the many settings I use to incorporate rhythm sticks into my music therapy sessions and early childhood music classes. “Clatter Clatter Clackity Clack” is just a framework for using all of those skills — listening, grasping, reproducing a pattern, and more — while […]

Clatter Clatter Clackity Clack

January 28, 2013

Rhythm sticks are one of those instruments I find myself including in music therapy sessions over and over again, because they can be used to address so many different skills. For that same reason, they have been a staple in my early childhood music classes throughout the years. And since I use them so often, […]

Friday Fave: BOY or GIRL?

January 25, 2013

Okay, so this post is a little more personal than usual, but this is my most frequently asked question both personally AND professionally as of late. Everywhere I go, people — my students, their parents, fellow therapists, perfect strangers — want to know: are you having a boy or a girl? The answer is inside […]

Adapting Popular Songs

January 22, 2013

In case you missed it, yesterday I posted a video in honor of music therapy social media advocacy month. Since I wanted to reach out to lots of people — not just music therapists, but those outside of our community as well — I chose to take a really popular song and make it all […]

You, Me & Music Therapy

January 21, 2013

In the music therapy world, January is social media advocacy month. During this time, music therapists all over the country use social media (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and so on) to advocate for our field, share our stories, and spread the word about music therapy. The theme this year is CONNECT — which immediately inspired the […]

Friday Fave: The Church Mice are Coming!

January 18, 2013

Three times a year, I spend the good part of a week preparing for my early childhood music class, Church Mice. The winter session begins on Sunday, so I’ve been busy this week writing and recording several new songs, burning CDs, and sending out reminders. I’ve been leading this class for the last 6 years, […]

A Whole Year of Musical Inspiration

January 15, 2013

Every single year, I rack my brain for creative yet inexpensive gifts I can give to ALL 50 of my students. This is a challenge, because I work with a wide range of children and young adults in both the music therapy and music education setting. Last year I gave out framed “Keep Calm and […]

Calling All Music Therapy Students & Interns!

January 9, 2013

My favorite kind of feedback is that from music therapy students and interns, telling me how they have used Listen & Learn resources in their practicum and internship sessions. So when I was brainstorming ideas for the new year, this is the group that immediately came to mind. I know full well that on a […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

January 8, 2013

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. Each December when I sit down to write my annual song for the new year, I […]

The Year is 2013

January 7, 2013

The year has been 2013 for almost a week now, but luckily there are 51 weeks left to use my new song! I’ve had it written and waiting to be recorded for several days, and my voice finally returned today so that I could finish it up. Hooray for health in the new year :) […]

Seeking Balance in 2013

January 3, 2013

Here’s the cold, hard truth: the transition from 2012 to 2013 has been a little rough for me. Not because I wasn’t ready for the start of a new year, but because physically, I was in bad shape. I’ve had enough cold bugs in the past that I normally stand up to them like a […]

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