Three Keys to Engaging Children In (almost!) Any Music Therapy Activity

There is nothing more frustrating than when you’re leading a session, singing with enthusiasm, trying your hardest, and look out to see a group of children with…blank stares. No participation, they’re just sitting there. You’ve spent hours preparing, hours practicing, and…nada. Not a good feeling, am I right? During my twelve years working as a […]


Noticing the Little Things (and how my clarinet helped)

Yesterday, something happened in one of my sessions that stopped me in my tracks. Now I’ve been a music therapist for twelve years (!!), and very little surprises me at this point. But on this particular day, I was facilitating a localization exercise with my clarinet in the resource classroom for students with severe and profound […]


How to Make the Nutcracker Cool

I’ve been on a session planning kick lately. Even though I have almost thirteen years (!!) of session plans saved up I still love coming up with new ideas, writing new songs and thinking of more creative ways to help my clients meet their goals. Lately, my three-year-old daughter has been on a Nutcracker kick. She’s […]



I returned home late Sunday night from the National Music Therapy Conference in St. Louis, MO. I had so much to tell my husband that I didn’t fall asleep until midnight (which for someone who has had a rough go with sleep this past year that’s saying a lot!) I had a wonderful time that […]

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