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 […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 4

February 13, 2015

Tweet I first met Natalie Mullis way back at the beginning of both our music therapy careers, when she emailed me about a song I posted on my blog. Since then, we have followed similar professional paths by leaving full-time jobs at facilities to open our own private practices. She became a mom to a […]

Say Something (Loudly & Quietly)

February 10, 2015

Tweet I sat down a few months ago to write a song targeting the goal of appropriate voice volume for one of my music therapy clients. As I brainstormed, the song “Say Something” by a Great Big World immediately came to mind (quite possibly because 3 of my voice students were working on this at […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 3

February 6, 2015

Tweet Confession: I’ve been waiting impatiently for this day all week…not because it’s Friday, but because I’m SO excited to share this episode of the podcast. It’s funny how being a mom helps create an almost instant bond between two people, and I felt that immediately during my interview with music therapist Amanda Clay. I […]

This is for YOU, Because You’re a Leader

February 4, 2015

Tweet In my almost 10 years of experience leading early childhood music classes, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many others who do similar work. We’re therapists (of the music, physical, speech, developmental, and occupational sort), music educators, music specialists, general education teachers, volunteers, parents, and the list goes on. But the bottom line […]

{Guitars & Granola Bars} Episode 2

January 30, 2015

Tweet Happy Friday! This week has been pretty wonderful for many reasons, but in large part thanks to the emails, comments and social media feedback I’ve received about the new podcast. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about putting it out into the world…especially since it is geared to my colleagues who […]

The Empathy Song

January 27, 2015

Tweet A few months ago, my wonderful teacher friend Rene came to me with an idea for a song. She uses music quite a bit in her classroom, and wanted to do so in teaching and reinforcing the concept of empathy. I tried to put the definition and description of empathy into words (that rhyme, […]

Guitars & Granola Bars: A New Podcast

January 23, 2015

Tweet A funny thing happened in the last six months or so: I became addicted to podcasts. Although I’ve been co-hosting the Music Therapy Round Table podcast for five years now, I never thought to branch out beyond the few music therapy podcasts out there to which I subscribe. But after one of my favorite […]

I Have a Bean Bag

January 20, 2015

Tweet This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned what a HUGE fan I am of the movement props created by Bear Paw Creek. Their stretchy bands and connect-a-bands are both staples in my collection, and I just recently added their bean bags as well. There are so many ways to incorporate bean bags into my […]

Taking Music Therapy Mainstream

January 15, 2015

Tweet January is Social Media Advocacy Month in the music therapy world! This year’s theme is re:VISION, and many bloggers, including myself, are sharing our own stories about how we advocate for music therapy. For the first 7 years as a practicing music therapist, my work has been contained within schools, facilities, and my home […]

The Year is 2015

January 7, 2015

Tweet How is it possible that this is the 8th “song of the year” I’ve written since becoming a music therapist?! When I wrote my first one way back in 2008, I thought about how challenging it would be to write a new song that essentially says the same thing — just with a different […]

Hello, New Year!

January 5, 2015

Tweet Happy New Year, friends. I hope 2015 is off to an amazing start for you. This year has already been a bit of a whirlwind for me — we ended 2014 by moving into a new house and started 2015 surrounded by lots and lots of boxes waiting to be unpacked. Needless to say, […]

{Mama Moment} Letting Go a Little

December 18, 2014

Tweet I had known all along it was coming, but I wasn’t prepared for just how difficult it would be. And as great as I knew it would be for my little social butterfly, that didn’t make it any easier. But it was time. Last week, Parker started daycare. We had been planning for this […]

Christmas Song Round-Up!

December 17, 2014

Tweet It’s holiday crunch time: those last few days before winter break when I try to fit in as many seasonal songs and activities as I can, because I know I won’t have the chance again for an entire year. I love, love, love Christmas time, especially the music, which is why I have been […]

A New Addition on the Way

December 16, 2014

Tweet Almost exactly two years ago, I shared the news that I was expecting my first baby. It’s hard to believe, because that feels like just yesterday, but I’m thrilled to announce that baby #2 is coming in May! I wrote all about finding out the news on my family blog, where I plan to […]


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