Let’s Get Visual, Visual (Aides!)

Visual Aides for Music Therapy

Visual aides are an essential part of my music therapy practice, and I use them every day. I wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me five years ago that I would spend my nights with my laminator (yes, of course I have my own laminator) making endless visual aides, but I would seriously be lost without them!

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Setting Children Up for Success

Setting Children Up for Success | Listen & Learn Music

Making music with young children is so much fun, and incredibly beneficial to their growth and development, but it’s not always smooth sailing in music therapy sessions or music classes.

Sometimes kiddos don’t follow the directions or participate appropriately, so it’s important to make sure that each child participating in music therapy sessions or music classes is set up for success so that he or she can reap the benefits of all we have to offer.

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The November Session Plan is Here!

{November 2018} Session Plan Cover

I couldn’t help but create and share my November session plan a bit earlier than usual, because I’m just that excited about the songs I’ll be using in the upcoming month. Singing about Thanksgiving with my students and clients makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, so of course, I had to include a few in this session plan.

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These Halloween Songs are Spookily Effective!

Halloween Songs for Children | Listen & Learn Music

One of the best things about fall is all of the fun holidays, and is there anything better than the spookiness of Halloween? I love hearing my clients’ and students’ excitement as they tell me about their costumes and listen to best impressions of what a ghost sounds like; their anticipation makes this time of the year even sweeter.

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Songs to Encourage Moving and Grooving

Songs to Encourage Fine and Gross Motor Movement

One of the most important things to remember when working with children is that they NEED to move. Movement songs are absolutely essential to a successful music therapy session or music class. Once children have moved and stretched their bodies (and gotten some of that extra energy out), they are ready to learn!

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More Than Just Greeting Songs

More Than Just a Greeting Song | Listen & Learn Music

One of the very first things music therapy students learn when preparing for practicum experiences and internships is a greeting song and a goodbye song. Learning those staple songs seems like an easy task, but it’s much more complex than it sounds.

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