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 […]

Burning the Midnight Oil

March 20, 2014

Tweet For almost my entire adult life, I have been an early riser. My alarm went off at 5 am every weekday morning, and then I’d go to the gym, come home, and spend the next couple of hours writing, working on songs, or other creative projects. Those morning hours were when my brain worked […]

Grow, Flower, Grow!

March 17, 2014

Tweet I’ve been working with children long enough to know that movement is ESSENTIAL to a well-rounded music therapy group or early childhood class session. I’ve used all kinds of movement props, including scarves, streamers, bean bags, stretchy bands, to get my kiddos moving. A few months ago, I added a new movement prop to […]

So Glad I’m Here

March 14, 2014

Tweet No matter how many original songs I write, there will always be a few covers that stay in my rotation solely because I love them so much. One of those is a sweet little tune I’ve used as a greeting in my early childhood music classes many times. “So Glad I’m Here” is a […]

Rewriting Rodgers & Hammerstein

March 13, 2014

Tweet My local community theater held auditions for The Sound of Music this month, and I had several students try out. That meant lots and lots of “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favorite Things” — though I didn’t mind at all, since it’s one of my favorite musicals. (A bit of trivia: I played Louisa von Trapp […]

Our Team is Growing!

March 12, 2014

TweetIt’s time, friends. My private practice and teaching studio, which I started without really meaning to, has come a long way in 7 years. What began as just a few private clients and students has grown into a full-time job, providing enough additional business for a second music therapist and a very long waiting list. […]

Meeting Pokey LaFarge

March 4, 2014

Tweet There we were, in the St. Louis airport Starbucks across from our gate at 5 am, when I leaned over and whispered to my husband, “I think that’s Pokey LaFarge!” “Pokey LaWho?” was his response. But he encouraged me to go over and say something to him, so I did (with baby Parker in […]

Music Therapy in the NICU

February 24, 2014

Tweet In all my years of studying and practicing music therapy, I never had any interest in medical music therapy. The idea of working in a hospital seemed pretty intimidating, and just not for me. Of course, that’s what I said about working with kids — originally I had my heart set on seniors with […]

Friday Fave: Erin Ebnet’s “May You Find”

February 14, 2014

Tweet I haven’t written a “Friday Fave” post in over nine months, but I’m bringing it back today for good reason. Please do your ears a favor and check out my friend Erin Ebnet’s gorgeous debut full-length album, May You Find. I met Erin, a fellow music therapist, at the 2012 AMTA national conference in […]

                      


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