The back to school season is underway…are you as swept up in the craziness as I am? Not only am I getting ready to send my son to kindergarten next week, but I’m also in the midst of preparing for new groups, classes, and music therapy sessions.
The following is a guest blog post by Lisa Barnett, a fellow music therapist and songwriter in Michigan. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your wonderful resources with us!
When my business partner Katey and I sat down to plan our next continuing music therapy education course, the topic was a no-brainer. We chose to focus on the items in our toolbox that we use every single day across the board, from our baby classes to our individual music therapy clients to our older adult groups.
One of the most versatile instruments in my musical arsenal is definitely rhythm sticks. There are SO many things you can do with rhythm sticks, and SO many goals that can be targeted, too!
Lucky for us, Listen & Learn Music has some great goal-oriented songs designed to be used with rhythm sticks, and included in the collection are songs suitable for the youngest of clients as well as middle schoolers.
I love a good movement prop, especially one that doubles as an instrument…so when I saw these wrist jingle bells from Bear Paw Creek, I knew I had to have them. Not surprisingly, they’ve been a big hit with my students!
Of course, a new movement prop calls for a new song, and I was immediately inspired to write “Jinglin’ High Five” once I received these beauties. I wanted to play upon the fact that these jingle bells can be worn while also addressing several goals at the same time.
This year in planning for summer at Music Therapy Connections, our music therapist Alisabeth came up with a fantastic idea. She set out to create an enriching experience for both the students and staff with whom she works in a school setting, all while celebrating popular American music over the last 100+ years.