{Mama Moment} Being the Parent at Music Class

July 16, 2014

Tweet My son Parker has been attending my early childhood music classes since he was just six months old, which I’ve written about here before. Since I’ve always been the teacher, either my mom or my husband has been with him during class. But this month, I’ve had the opportunity to be “the parent” while […]

Around the World We Go

July 15, 2014

Tweet Love, love, loooove this singable story! Big thanks to my teacher friend (and huge supporter of Listen & Learn) Rene for sending me a copy of this book, which I’d previously never heard of. I’ve been getting lots of use out of it lately, and hopefully you can too. Around the World We Go […]

Let’s All Wave Hello

July 8, 2014

Tweet One of the things I love most about offering classes is that when I plan them, I end up writing a bunch of new songs. My current early childhood class was no exception; I wrote no fewer than 10 new songs for it! So over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing them with […]

{Mama Moment} Coming Full Circle

June 26, 2014

Tweet The following is a guest post by Jennifer Gossett, MT-BC, NICU MT. Jennifer is a Board-Certified Music Therapist based in Charleston, SC. She ventured into the field of music therapy after a 15-year career as a band director in public and private schools, and opened her private practice, Noteworthy Music Therapy, in 2012. Jennifer […]

We All Will Sing Together

June 24, 2014

Tweet I’ve been on a bit of a summer songwriting hiatus this month, so it was nice to sit down and spend some time writing and recording over the weekend. My baby & toddler class starts next week, so I have a lot of work to do! This particular song is actually one that I […]

I’ll See You in the Morning

June 19, 2014

Tweet Turning books into singable stories has been a little hobby of mine since my first music therapy practicum in grad school (almost 10 years ago!). I’ve used dozens and dozens of them in my work as a therapist, and now they are serving double duty in my newest career as a mom. Parker was […]

MTRT Summer Summit

June 17, 2014

Tweet For the 4th summer in a row, my Music Therapy Round Table colleagues and I devoted a few days to what has come to be called the “MTRT Summit” — where we focus on brainstorming and planning for the following year. This year we convened in northern California, where our newest colleague Matt Logan […]

In the Blink of an Eye

June 4, 2014

Tweet Just as I started to feel like I was getting a handle on this whole “working mom” thing, summer break arrived. Not that I’m complaining! Actually, I’m super stoked to have the month of June off; there is SO much happening in these next four weeks that I’ll need the extra down time. It’s […]

One Season to Another

May 23, 2014

Tweet I’ve been yapping on and on about my new digital songbook collection, Spring Into Summer, yet I’ve completely neglected to share the title song here on the blog. I wrote it just off the heels of our final winter snowstorm (I lost count back in January), when spring and summer seemed like a very […]

Can’t Hold It Back Anymore

May 21, 2014

Tweet It just doesn’t seem right to be singing about frozen fractals when it’s 80 degrees out. But that didn’t stop the melodious strains of “Let It Go” from flowing out of my fingertips today…multiple times. Don’t get me wrong: I love the movie Frozen and just about every song in it. I am thrilled […]

{Mama Moment} 15 Minute Break

May 19, 2014

Tweet This year, for the first time ever, I scheduled a break halfway through my afternoon/evening of work. The picture above illustrates how I’ve spent those 15 minutes every day since September — up until today. This week, my trusty Medela pump is going into storage until my next trip down baby lane. Since Parker […]

Early Childhood Classes are BACK!

May 15, 2014

Tweet Last winter, back when my baby was still incubating and I had all the time in the world, I launched an early childhood class based on my Listen & Learn song collection. The class was SO much fun and I loved every second of it, but unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to offer […]

“Spring Into Summer” is Here!

May 6, 2014

TweetI knew I was excited about this project when I actually looked forward to staying up late transcribing my songs into sheet music and designing the layout. I haven’t gotten much sleep over the past two weeks, but the finished product is worth it. I wanted to create a resource that reflects the sheer joy […]

{Mama Moment} Parker Rockin’

April 30, 2014

Tweet I recently participated in a discussion with other music therapist moms about songs we’ve sung to our babies, and we compiled a pretty impressive list. I did contribute to it by sharing Parker’s original favorite song, but I neglected to include the one that goes like this: Parker rockin’ in the house tonight Everybody […]

Evolution of the Listen & Learn Songbook

April 29, 2014

Tweet Almost five years ago, a music therapist named Michelle Erfurt approached me with the idea to create a Listen & Learn songbook. I had only been writing and sharing songs for a few months, but I was excited to take the leap into publishing. We worked our tails off for months — I wrote […]

Spring Into Summer: Preorder Now!

April 28, 2014

TweetSpring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner, which makes this Midwestern girl VERY happy! In the midst of the most epic winter ever, I knew I wanted to create a resource to celebrate the warmer seasons, which is how Spring Into Summer: Warm Weather Songs for Kids came to be. […]

                      


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