It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors. I’m extremely proud to feature all of the following resources here on the blog — please take a few minutes to check them out below:
I was thrilled to run into the owners of Mundana Music Therapy earlier this month at AMTA conference in Atlanta! Kimberly Thompson and Megan Resig are the fabulous music therapists who run this private practice in Portland, OR and manage the popular blog by the same name. Check out their Wellness Wednesday column, join them on Facebook, and follow Kimberly and Megan on Twitter.
If you would like to get your young children started on piano lessons, you can start teaching them at home, even if you have no music training. All you need is a keyboard or piano and You Can Make Music at the Keyboard, Young Beginner Book I. Leslie Denning, better known as Miss Leslie, is a piano teacher and early childhood music education specialist, who has put together a package that makes it easy to teach piano at home. Through colors, audio, and video, you and your child will learn to recognize the keys on the piano, notes on the staff, and rhythmic and melodic patterns. There are many fun activities to reinforce the feeling of steady beat, musical direction, and high and low. This method is written for children from 3 to 7 and may also be used with children who have learning disabilities. To find out more, go to Preschool Piano with Miss Leslie.
Opus Music Education offers a searchable database of music teachers in California and affordable private music lessons in virtually every instrument. Every first music lesson is always free. Opus also offers Opus Music Worksheets, a database of high quality, free printable music education resources, including free music theory worksheets, free music flashcards, free music business forms, and many other free music learning resources for music teachers, music students, and parents.
OnlinePianist has launched a very attractive Christmas deal:
6 Premium months FREE when buying a yearly package
3 Premium months FREE when buying a six months
1.5 Premium months FREE when buying a three months
In addition, they also allow their users to buy a unique gift card if they want to buy it for someone else for Christmas. Find all of the details here!
Theta Music Trainer will hold their second annual Winter Competition on January 11, 2012. The competition is open to all and free to enter. Amazon gift certificates will be awarded to the Top 5 finishers. For more info on the competition, click here.
Margie La Bella, a music therapist and educator, manages Music Therapy Tunes will soon be posting several Channukah and Christmas videos with chords, lyrics, and benefits. She is also preparing a monthly newsletter that will include free mp3s of the songs on her videos and her sampler CD. Lastly, Margie is looking for new activities to post on her lessons page and would be happy to trade a music therapy activity (all ages) for a song of the sender’s choice (music be a music therapist or SMT.) from one of her CDs. You can send activities to Margie@musictherapytunes.com.
Make Me Musical Make Me Musical is a blog and practical resource site created by Susan Seale. Susan advocates a “whole brain—whole heart—whole child” perspective on working with children. She is accustomed to sharing this developmental perspective via live workshops, private teacher-coaching sessions, curriculum publications and speaking engagements. Make Me Musical blog posts are filled with songs, games, child-friendly orchestrations and process-planning. Be sure to sign up for Susan’s free monthly newsletter while you’re there!
Have you heard about the Soundbeam? This seriously cool system detects the distance, direction and velocity of body movements in a defined space, and translates these body gestures into control signals for creating electronic music or manipulating multimedia. It’s being used in special education, music therapy, the music classroom, museums, and science centers…and you can learn all about it at the website of our wonderful sponsor, SoundTree.
Involve Me Music: Solutions for Music Educators provides a blog, individual and group consultation services (live and via phone and skype), workshops and presentations. Board-certified music therapist Jennifer Sokira offers a down-to-earth and practical perspective, with the intention of helping music teachers develop relationships with their special education students, allowing them to better participate in, enjoy, and benefit from music education. Be sure to sign up for the free Involve Me Music newsletter.
More With Music is a song resource website where parents, teachers, and therapists can find songs to help teach the students in their lives. Amanda Ellis manages More With Music and works as a full-time music therapist in a public school setting with students ages 5-22. Her recent blog posts have been focused on Movin’ Around the World. Each Monday, Amanda posts a song about one of the 7 continents. There are only 3 more continents to go, so be sure to stop by soon! Songs posted on More with Music can be purchased online for 99 cents each and song sheets (complete with guitar chords and lyrics), are free by request. Do you need a song to help teach a skill or accomplish a specific goal? Amanda also takes requests and can write songs for specific goals and skills by request. It all starts with an email to email@example.com.
Stefanie Anderson Eckert, MM, MT-BC is the owner of A-Z Music Therapy Services, which provides services to individuals with disabilities in San Antonio and South Central Texas. Stefanie works in many different settings, including schools for children with autism and assisted living facilities. Her website offers additional resources and contact information for individuals interested in her services.
Kimberly Sena Moore, the Music Therapy Maven also co-manages Music Therapy Pro while simultaneously pursuing her doctorate at UMKC. Join Kimberly’s newsletter to keep up with the latest music therapy happenings, musings, and much more! Be sure also to like her Facebook page, Neurosong Music Therapy Services.
Rhythm Ring rocks! If you haven’t picked up your own Rhythm Ring yet (they are only $5 each!) then you need to drop everything and get one. I love mine, and use it all the time with my students, at gigs, and even in my “Sunday Singalong” videos. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements.
Joyfull Cup has an exciting new focus! Fundraising! Do you own a non-profit, or do your kids have to fundraise for their extra curricular activities? Why not raise some money and be able to offer a healthy alternative to cookie dough or wrapping paper? This fundraising opportunity will be selling healthy coffee! I bet almost everyone you know drinks coffee, why not offer them a healthy alternative? If you are interested in more information, please contact Stephanie Shehan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Music Therapy Tween recently got a face lift! Check out the new look and see what Michelle Erfurt, the tween herself, is up to. Also, be sure to take a look at Michelle’s specialty: Boom Totes! These boomwacker bags were a huge hit at the national music therapy conference earlier in the month, and are selling like hotcakes. Order yours today.
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