Why I Love Tuesday Mornings

May 12, 2015

Tweet While I initially created the Listen & Learn for Little Ones early childhood class just over two years ago, it wasn’t until last July that I was able to get it up and running on a continuous basis. Ever since, I’ve spent almost every Tuesday morning making music with young children and their parents […]

Can’t Live Without My…Ukulele!

May 12, 2015

Tweet I’m currently participating in the #MusicTherapyBlogger challenge, hosted by Julie Palmieri at Serenade Designs. This week’s blogging prompt is to write about something that works in our everyday lives as a music therapist, and I didn’t have to think twice about that. At 38 weeks pregnant, it’s no surprise that I have a GIANT […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 16

May 8, 2015

Tweet Julie Palmieri is a people person. Of course, this is one of the characteristics that makes her a great music therapist, but her people skills when it comes to online interaction make her especially good at the specialized work she does. Julie specializes in helping fellow music therapists build, grow and rock their online […]

A Lesson in the Importance of Self-Care

May 7, 2015

Tweet This is how I spent a good portion of last weekend: in a hospital gown, with my giant 36.5-week pregnant belly strapped to monitors. It wasn’t pretty, friends. That’s what happens when self-care goes out the window. You find yourself in the hospital due to severe dehydration, mystery fevers, and painful contractions. I’m extremely […]

“What’s Your Songwriting Process?”

May 7, 2015

Tweet Songwriting has always been a big part of my work as a music therapist, because I like to use mainly original compositions in my sessions, groups, and classes. Not a week goes by that I’m not coming up with a new song here and there. Between just having released a brand-new songbook, hosting a […]

My Latest Songbook Collection is Here!

May 5, 2015

Tweet I am so happy to announce that as of today, my new songbook collection — Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! — is available in its entirety. I have been working SO hard over the last couple of months writing and recording 12 brand-new songs that I think you will love and be able to […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 15

May 1, 2015

Tweet Jennifer Sokira is one of those people who you’ll meet and feel like you’re old friends after talking with her for just a few minutes. I know that was the case for me when I met her at AMTA national conference a few years back. We were introduced through mutual friends, and stayed in […]

Welcome to the World, Baby

April 28, 2015

Tweet I welcomed my first baby (that’s him at five days old) to the world a little shy of two years ago. Not long after he was born, I was inspired to write the song “Welcome to the World” for all of my friends and family who were having babies of their own. I’ll be […]

Gather ‘Round the Drum

April 27, 2015

Tweet Last week, I announced my new songbook — Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! — which releases on May 5. But I wanted to give a taste of this brand new song collection, so I made 3 of the 12 tunes (along with the sheet music) available when you preorder. One of those tunes is […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 14

April 24, 2015

Tweet What stood out to me the most during my interview with Brittany Scheer was her infectious positivity. This was one of those conversations I left feeling inspired and optimistic, simply because Brittany has such a great attitude towards her work, family, and life in general. One of the podcast-related projects on my list is […]

Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum!

April 21, 2015

Tweet 2015 has proven itself to be the year of inspiration for me so far. I started it off with a brand-new podcast, then launched my first-ever songwriting challenge (still one day left to join!), and most recently, I’ve been hard at work on a new songbook collection — the follow-up to 2013’s Tapping, Shaking […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 13

April 17, 2015

Tweet This was one of those episodes I didn’t ever want to end — that’s how fascinated I was by my guest this week. My interview with music therapist and doula Kate Taylor is especially timely as I begin planning for the birth of my daughter, which is only a few weeks away. I’m familiar […]

I Have a Balloon Ball

April 16, 2015

Tweet I’m pretty sure I’ve reached “fangirl” status when it comes to Bear Paw Creek‘s movement props. This is the 4th song I’ve written specifically for one of their products, because they are SO perfect for my early childhood music classes. I’m just now getting around to using the balloon ball in my upcoming session, […]

The Songwriting Challenge

April 15, 2015

Tweet Songwriting, whether for work or just for fun, is one of my favorite things to do. But I won’t lie: it can be a challenge. Finding the time, motivation, and creative energy required to write a good song doesn’t always come easily. Luckily, I have an advantage in that I’ve been at it for […]

{Mama Moment} Singing Our Way Through The Day

April 14, 2015

Tweet The following is a guest post by Amy Kalas Buser, MM, MT-BC. Amy is the owner of Wholesome Harmonies, LLC, where her mission is to support other music therapists in their work with children and teens of all abilities. by providing quality resources to inspire creativity. She offers E-Books, songs and blog posts that […]

Week of the Young Child

April 13, 2015

Tweet This is a good name for all 52 of ’em in my calendar, between my work and little one at home. But each year in April, a week is devoted especially to celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. “Week of the Young Child” is sponsored by the National Association for the […]


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