The Wheels on the Bus

January 23, 2014

Tweet I’m always on the hunt for books I can sing with my students, and my collection of singable stories has grown exponentially since Parker was born. While I love to write my own melodies for books that don’t already have one, I like having plenty of “ready-to-sing” classics on hand. This month while I […]

{Guest Post} We Are…MUSIC THERAPISTS!

January 14, 2014

Tweet I’m excited to be participating in the 4th annual Music Therapy Social Media Advocacy Month! Check out the posts I’ve shared in years past (2011, 2012, 2013) and then below, you’ll find a special guest post by Judy Simpson. When I started my career as a music therapist in 1983, it was not uncommon […]

Reclaiming My Songwriting Mojo

January 7, 2014

Tweet Over winter break, I had the opportunity to spend almost an entire Saturday writing and recording music. It was AWESOME. It reminded me of my life before baby, when my weekends were almost exclusively dedicated to musical projects. And while life is a million times better with this guy in it, I do miss […]

2-0-1-4 (No Less, No More!)

December 31, 2013

Tweet I wrote my first song about the year way back in 2008, and now, 6 years later, I have a collection of songs I’ll never be able to use again. BUT they did each get put to good use almost every day for an entire year, which is why I keep writing a new […]

2013: A Year in Review

December 30, 2013

Tweet Hands down, 2013 has been the best year of my life thus far. The first half was spent anticipating the birth of my first child; the second half has centered around watching my baby boy grow and develop right before my eyes. Needless to say, when it came to my work I was a […]

{Mama Moment} Pianist in the Making

December 3, 2013

Tweet From the time he was just one month old, Parker has been a huge fan of his kick ‘n play piano. He’s spent countless hours on that mat, kicking away at the keys to the point where I have every single tune completely memorized. It’s where he first learned to grab at toys, and […]

#AMTA13: Conference Recap (With Pictures!)

November 27, 2013

Tweet Another conference is in the books! While this was not my busiest, or most stressful, or most exciting conference on record, it was definitely the most interesting. Being a mom, not to mention having my baby there with me, put a whole new spin on the conference experience. I was lucky enough to have […]

#AMTA13 is Next Week…What!?

November 15, 2013

Tweet I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow November arrived and that means it’s almost conference time. It will be my 5th year attending the American Music Therapy Association’s national conference, which is in Jacksonville, FL this time around. I’ll be arriving on Monday night, because on Tuesday I’m attending the NICU-MT institute;  can […]

Video Download: 10 Days of Thanksgiving

November 11, 2013

Tweet My first Thanksgiving post of the season! I love, love, love this time of year and the songs and activities I have to go along with it. The 10 Days of Thanksgiving is my favorite of all, which is why I blog about it year after year. This time around, I decided to do […]

{Mama Moment} First Favorite Song

November 10, 2013

Tweet Since the day we brought him home from the hospital, Parker has been exposed to lots of music. (Shocker, right!?) I’ve sung him all the traditional children’s songs — it took me a month to be able to get through “You Are My Sunshine” without crying, thanks to those lovely postpartum hormones — but […]

Stir Them in My Halloween Stew

October 30, 2013

Tweet The inspiration for the song “Halloween Stew” goes back over twenty years to my elementary school days. My music teacher introduced us to “Witches’ Brew” by Hap Palmer, and it has stuck in my head ever since. I first adapted his original song a few years ago, here’s a video I made of my […]

My House: An Interactive Songbook

October 25, 2013

Tweet It’s been awhile since I’ve been this excited about a music therapy resource. When Lisa Barnett of Songs to Grow On first contacted me about her new songbook, I was intrigued…but it wasn’t until I received my copy in the mail that I realized just how useful it would be in my practice. My […]

Black Cat

October 21, 2013

Tweet During a recent music therapy session, a student’s mom mentioned that her daughter does well with “echo” songs (she used the “Mahna Mahna” song as an example, and even played a video of my student singing it with her sister). I did some googling to find a few echo songs we could use in […]

Down By the Beach

October 7, 2013

Tweet “Down By the Bay” was one of the first songs I was required to memorize during my internship, and I used it ALL THE TIME in sessions to work on all kinds of goals: rhyming, fill-in songwriting, echoing, and other language skills. It’s a go-to song because it’s versatile, fun to sing, and can […]

Fall Freebie Alert!

September 20, 2013

Tweet If you aren’t familiar with Tuned Into Learning®, then there is no better time to hop on over and check out this amazing resource. Their collection of music for special education is unparalleled, and I am beyond flattered to have the opportunity to offer one of my songs as a free download today. Get […]

The Dolphin Song

September 16, 2013

Tweet I’m doing a little happy dance as I type this post, because I finally have a new song to share after a several months long songwriting hiatus. I can’t tell you how good it felt to go through the process of writing, recording, and most importantly, using this song in a music therapy session. […]

                      


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