Counting My Blessings on Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015

It’s been a wild ride of a year, and I haven’t had much time to take a step back and really think about all the reasons I have to be thankful. But if ever there was a time to do so, it’s today. My husband took the kids to his parents’ house for breakfast, so […]

Free Download + Thanksgiving Super Sale!

November 24, 2015

You guys, I am so excited about Thanksgiving. I look forward to this holiday every year, but this one is special — it’s my daughter Mia’s first Thanksgiving, and my son Parker is old enough to (mostly) understand why we’re celebrating. I always offer some type of deal or discount here at Listen & Learn […]

Bear Says Thanks

November 21, 2015

One of my favorite books to read to Parker is Bear Snores On, because I love the way the words flow and the phrase “…and the bear snores on” repeats. So when I was browsing online and found that there were other books in this series, I got really excited. I was in search of […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 44

November 20, 2015

Like last week’s episode, this one was also recorded live and in person at the AMTA national conference in Kansas City. It features one of my favorite people, Emily Wangen, who has so much to share related to both her personal life and her career in music therapy. I think you’ll be just as inspired […]

#AMTA15: Conference Recap (With Pictures!)

November 18, 2015

Another year, another wonderful national conference under my belt. I can’t believe this was my 7th — it seems like just yesterday I was a new professional attending #AMTA09 in San Diego. This was my second time attending conference with a baby in tow, and I was extremely fortunate to have my mom with me […]

Thanksgiving Sensory Feast

November 16, 2015

The following is a guest post by Marilyn Webster. After Marilyn told me about this activity she created and led, I mentioned that I would love for her to share it here on the blog. I’m so glad she took me up on it! Hi, my name is Marilyn Webster, and my daughter has been […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 43

November 15, 2015

This episode is super special, because it’s the first in the entire series to be recorded in person! I spent the past several days in Kansas City at the 2015 AMTA national conference, and my guest this week just happened to be there as well. I got to spend a good amount of time with […]

Better When I’m Dancing

November 10, 2015

My business partner Katey recently shared with me a video of Meghan Trainor’s song “Better When I’m Dancing” from The Peanuts Movie and asked if I had heard it. I hadn’t, but I loved it and knew immediately I wanted to adapt it for use in music therapy sessions and classes. I might have had […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 42

November 6, 2015

I soooo enjoyed interviewing this week’s guest, and it wasn’t just because of her fantastic southern accent :) Jodie Ross has a thriving career as a music therapist, and her enthusiasm for her work comes through in our conversation. Jodie also has some wonderful insight to share when it comes to parenthood, despite being new […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 41

October 30, 2015

Listening to this week’s guest tell her story, I was struck by how many similarities there were with my own: we both went into turbo drive building our businesses during pregnancy, had quick deliveries just a few days after our 30th birthdays, and now have daughters who are only 4 days apart in age. Jennifer […]

Good, Good, Good Goodbye

October 29, 2015

When I write a hello or goodbye song, I make sure I reeeeally like it, because most likely I’ll end up singing it for YEARS. Case in point: my rotation of these includes songs I wrote during my internship (over eight years ago). But I’m always adding to that rotation, because it’s nice to have […]

The Intern’s Corner

October 27, 2015

In addition to growing our team and moving into a new facility this fall, we also started a university-affiliated internship program. Katey and I made the decision to do so last winter; we spent months interviewing, filling out paperwork, and getting all of our ducks in a row to welcome our very first intern. Alisabeth […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 40

October 23, 2015

I have to credit this week’s guest for introducing me to the world of podcasts, because I didn’t really even know they existed until she suggested we start one almost exactly six years ago. Kimberly Sena Moore and I met virtually through social media back in 2009, became fast friends at AMTA conference a few […]

My Small Business Story: Part 4

October 22, 2015

Last week, I shared Part 3 of this series, in which I’m giving you the full scoop on how I went from having a full-time day job and a small private practice on the side (headquartered in my car) to now co-owning a thriving business with a facility of our own and a team of […]

Five Orange Pumpkins

October 19, 2015

Between singing about them with my clients, admiring them with my two-year-old, and seeing them everywhere, it sort of feels like pumpkins have taken over my life…and I’m okay with that. It’s fall, after all, and pumpkins are the orange ambassadors of this season. I’ve written many a song about them, and this one is […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 39

October 16, 2015

I was feeling pretty good about myself when I went back to teaching early childhood music classes this summer, a mere 5 weeks after my daughter was born. And then I had my mind blown by this week’s podcast guest; suddenly my “quick” return didn’t feel quite as impressive. It’s no secret that business owners […]

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