Being a Music Therapist During the Holiday Season

Well, Christmas has passed and the New Year is almost here. To my fellow music therapists out there: Congrats! You’ve almost made it through the holiday season!

The holidays bring so much joy, cheer, excitement, and fun; they always provide for an interesting music-making experience. This is my first holiday season as a music therapist, and I’ve noticed just a few things:

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Transitioning from Fall to Winter

The switch from fall to winter can be very unclear, especially living in the Midwest. I know that when I was a student, I considered the season to be winter as soon as the first snowfall began. However, that is not always true! In fact, some of our schools here in Springfield have already had snow days this year, and it’s still technically fall until December 21st.

It’s truly felt like winter for several weeks. The season will soon be in full swing, and we need to be ready for it!

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Movement Songs to Regain Group Focus

Movement Songs to Regain Group Focus | Listen & Learn Music

Music is such an exciting time, especially for little ones. Sometimes our young group members get caught up in their excitement and lose their focus on what the rest of the group is doing. This can have a spiral effect and soon the group can feel out of control. How do we handle these situations?

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Session Planning in a Specialized School Setting

The Other Eight Reindeer | Listen & Learn Music

With the holiday season now in full swing, I recently started utilizing holiday-themed sessions with my students at a specialized school for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

This won’t be the first time I have used Listen & Learn material in this setting. These songs provide great opportunities for growth and learning, and have truly shown to be effective for the students there. 

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