I’ll admit that today I was a little stumped for ideas about what to write in my weekly blog post.

My husband and I are knee-deep in raising a vivacious toddler and feisty 8-month-old full time at home and sometimes it’s hard for me to transition into “music therapy mode” when the kiddos lay down for their naps.

As I was thinking of blog post ideas, I went back looked over some of my old posts and was reminded of a few that were my favorites.

There was that time I blogged about forgetting my ENTIRE bag of instruments and materials.

This post reminded me of how important it is to practice the skill of being flexible.

Our clients require us to think on our toes constantly. We need to be able to adapt and change our session plan to meet their needs.

It was a fantastic thing that I forgot my bag of instruments and materials because I got to use my creativity and come up with some fresh new ideas to help my clients meet their goals.

I’m not saying you should intentionally leave your bags at home, but how might you weave a little white space into your sessions to practice being spontaneous and creative?

That time I blogged about rapping in front of an entire group of teens + staff members.

This post reminded me of the importance of being vulnerable.

Every day we ask our clients to do things that may make them feel uncomfortable or nervous. I believe it’s important to remember that and to see how we might put ourselves in their place from time to time to feel a bit of what they’re feeling.

That time I blogged (and shared a video) of how to use the clarinet for arousal orientation and work on localization.

This post kicked off a video series about how to use musical instruments to work on cognitive skills like sustained attention, alternating attention, and auditory discrimination.

It reminded me of how music is such a perfect medium to practice these important skills.

I hope you enjoyed this little look back at some past posts that have been my faves. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts where I’ll be sharing more session ideas and resources to enhance your practice as a music therapist!


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