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 […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 12

April 9, 2015

Tweet For years, I would lament that I was the only music therapist in my city of Springfield (luckily, that is no longer the case). But interviewing Aksana Kavaliova-Moussi for this week’s episode of the podcast really put things in perspective for me: she’s the only music therapist in her entire country. Aksana is a […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 11

April 3, 2015

Tweet Trust me when I say that you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode of the podcast. I’m always up for being inspired by others, and Danielle is one of the most inspiring people I’ve talked to in a long time. After our interview, I have a completely new perspective on things in my […]

I Love You From Your Toes to Your Nose

April 2, 2015

Tweet Bonding songs are essential to my early childhood classes, because they foster parent-child interaction and help us wind down toward the end of the session. I wrote this one specifically for my baby (0-18 month) class, though I have most definitely used it with kiddos who are a little older. Not only does this […]

Night of Music Therapy

March 31, 2015

Tweet Once upon a time, I was a graduate student at Illinois State University studying to become a music therapist. And even though it’s been almost 8 years since I sat at a desk in a classroom, I still remember the feeling of wanting to soak up every last bit of information from the music […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 10

March 27, 2015

Tweet Today’s podcast episode marks an exciting milestone: we’ve reached episode #10! When I first had the idea for the podcast, I was worried I would have a hard time recruiting guests. But to my happy surprise, I haven’t had to recruit at all — I’ve had a long list of awesome music therapy mamas […]

We’re Gonna Wave

March 26, 2015

Tweet I’m really lucky that my colleague Katey is crafty, because when it comes to anything involving sewing, I certainly am not. She volunteered to make ribbon streamers for the most recent session of our early childhood classes, and I did my part by coming up with a song for them. This is a simple […]

The Miracle Morning

March 25, 2015

Tweet For most of my adult life, I’ve been a morning person. Up until my son was born, I started every weekday with a workout, followed by coffee and a couple solid hours of productive work. I loved my morning routine, and I really did try to get back into it post-baby. But the lack […]

Clean Up Time

March 23, 2015

Tweet The concept of “cleaning up” was introduced to my son Parker when he was a little over a year old. At the end of Funshop, the weekly mommy & me playgroup we attend, they play the classic “Clean Up” song (courtesy of Barney, the big purple dinosaur) and everyone tackles their assigned area. Lucky […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 9

March 20, 2015

Tweet I have a lot to learn from Christina Stock, my guest on the podcast this week. She has two kids, a music therapy career she loves, an amazing circle of fellow mama friends right in her own neighborhood, and hobbies she shares with her super-supportive husband. But as ideal as her life sounds now, […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 8

March 13, 2015

Tweet My latest podcast guest has a background in vocal performance, owns a private practice, has a toddler son, and is expecting a baby. Sound eerily familiar!? No, I didn’t interview myself this week. Erin Lunde and I have tons in common, so it was fun chatting about many of the same challenges and victories […]


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