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 […]

My Favorite (Non-MT) Podcasts

March 11, 2015

Tweet You’d think that I would have gotten into podcasts a lot time ago, considering I’ve been co-hosting one for over 5 years now. But aside from checking out the other great music therapy-related shows* out there, I never really took the time to explore the wide world of podcasts. Until I had a baby. […]

Wiggle Your Fingers When I Say “Go!”

March 9, 2015

Tweet The first time I sing this song with a group of kids, it catches them off guard — which is exactly what I was going for when I wrote it. There they are, all ready to wiggle their fingers/toes/knees/etc. and BOOM! I drop the “W” bomb on them. No child likes to wait, but […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 7

March 6, 2015

Tweet When I think back to my internship, I really do wonder how I made it through those 9 months. As amazing an experience as it was, it was also super stressful — I was learning the ropes of being a professional music therapist, driving all over the city of St. Louis to work with […]

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Drum

March 5, 2015

Tweet During a brainstorming session for an upcoming early childhood class, my partner Katey mentioned that she had written a song about monkey sounds. She suggested picking up some cute stuffed monkeys to use as props, which sparked the idea for this song. I’ve been a longtime fan of the book Eight Silly Monkeys ever […]

{Mama Moment} Wanna Build a Snowman?

March 2, 2015

Tweet I can tell you that Parker’s answer to this question was a resounding YES. He’s been talking about Frosty nonstop since he made his debut in our home at Christmas time, so seeing him in the flesh — er, snow? — was a pretty huge highlight in Parker’s young life. But Frosty isn’t the […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 6

February 27, 2015

Tweet I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about work-life balance at the 2013 AMTA national conference, which turned out to be an informative and wonderful experience for everyone in attendance. It also made apparent just how great the need is in our field for more resources related to this topic. After the […]

Shake Those Bells!

February 25, 2015

Tweet Sometimes I come across a song I wrote YEARS ago that just needs a little facelift. Bells are for Shaking is definitely one of those songs, because it’s such an effective one for hitting so many different targeted objectives. When I sing this song with my kiddos, I’m working on following directions, motor skills, […]

10 *MORE* Songs That Make Me Feel Good

February 23, 2015

Tweet Back in the summer of 2011, I put together a list of 10 songs (current and not-so-current) that I was digging at the time. Since almost four years have passed since then, I thought it was high time that I post an updated list. I have my students, son, and Pandora to thank for […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 5

February 20, 2015

Tweet Meryl and I met way back in the day, as grad students in the music therapy program at Illinois State University. We’ve served on the board of the Illinois Association for Music Therapy together, swapped business advice, and been a listening ear to each other when it comes to all things motherhood and work-life […]

Balancing Work & Life (Or Not)

February 18, 2015

Tweet I’ve been thinking about work-life balance a lot lately. It’s a topic that I discuss on a weekly basis with guests on my new podcast, and it’s at the forefront of my mind as I start preparing for the arrival of baby #2 in three short months. I’ve been emailing back and forth with […]

“Bonding” Songs for the Month of Love

February 16, 2015

Tweet I hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with sweetness! Mine was low-key and spent hanging out with my two Valentines, my husband Zach and son Parker. It may be considered a “Hallmark holiday” by many, but there is something to be said about a day devoted to showing the ones you love just how […]

                      


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