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. […]

Tap Dance

April 23, 2014

Tweet This song wins the “triple threat” award — it manages to combine instrument play, movement, and gradual increase in tempo — with bonus points for being super simple and repetitive. One of those tunes I whipped up on the fly and yet is incredibly handy to have in my toolbox. What I like most […]

My Go-To Song for April

April 16, 2014

Tweet There’s a certain song that I look forward to pulling out every single year. Some years, I have the willpower to wait until April; this was not one of those years. I caved in March and reintroduced my students to “Good Green Earth” by James K. I call this my go-to song for April […]

{Mama Moment} When the Cat’s Away…

April 14, 2014

TweetThis weekend, I snuck away for a little lunch and shopping date with my mom. Of course I had to check in on my little guy while I was gone, and my husband sent several photos — all of Parker playing with my instruments. “When the cat’s away, the mice will play” was the caption […]

Guitar Lessons With Amy Benton

April 5, 2014

Tweet I met Amy Benton at Illinois State University, where we were both music therapy students. I was always impressed with her talent as a guitarist and songwriter, not to mention her lovely personality. I was thrilled to find out she had moved to Springfield, and it was so nice reconnecting with her over coffee […]

“Make This Count!”

April 3, 2014

Tweet A couple weeks ago, I was talking to a friend whom I have a lot in common. Like me, Mallory Even is a music therapist, business owner, and mom. During the course of our conversation, I mentioned that I had recently started saying “no” to work-related opportunities that didn’t excite or inspire me. Mallory […]

Coming Soon: Spring Into Summer

March 24, 2014

Tweet Right around this time last year, I got the urge to create a digital songbook — the result of which was Tapping, Shaking, Music Making! Maybe this will become a yearly spring project, because I’m currently working on the next one! Spring into Summer: Warm Weather Songs for Kids will include 10 songs instrumental […]

                      


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