02Apr
2014
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Music + Math in Therapy

Cupcake Counting

Hello blog readers!

This week I led a Mommy & Me at the Library Music Session at the Key Biscayne Library and boy did we have fun!

We did a song story about baby animals, sang the blues with mini microphones, twirled with rainbow colored streamers, danced a country hoe-down with the parachute, and played peek-a-boo with mommy and our scarves (I think this was the most popular activity by far!)

Another program I facilitate at local libraries is Rockin’ and Readin’, where we use music to address literacy skills. I also try to incorporate other academic concepts into my sessions for the older children that attend.

One of those concepts is math.

Truth be told, math was never one of my favorite subjects in school, but I’ve found that when I combine music + math, it is  a winning combination.

Check out these articles where I share how you can address math skills in your music therapy sessions:

Cupcakes + Music + Math = A Winning Combination (video included!)

Fun with File Folder Games (includes one of my favorite resources!)

Drumming by Number

I Like to Eat Ice Cream

Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to incorporate math concepts into your music therapy sessions!

Now I’d love to hear from YOU! Leave a comment below and let us know how you address math skills in your music therapy sessions.

Comments (2)

  • Kerry Cornelius

    Amy, thank you for this one! One of my new clients has a bunch of math goals on their IEP and this totally sparked my creativity. I also love using small instruments like jingle bells and shakers for addition/subtraction goals. I have a little shaker song I like to use where the client has to count out a certain number of shakers and add/subtract as the song goes on. After they complete each problem, they get to have an instrument break and play away! 🙂

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    • Amy

      Hi Kerry! I’m so glad you liked this post! I love your idea of incorporating musical instruments into your math activities. Allowing clients to have an instrument break and play at the end sounds like it would be incredibly motivating for them 🙂

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