Do the words “cool” and “auditory perception technique” sound like oxymorons?

Do you automatically think “bland” and “boring” when you think of developing auditory perception techniques?

Do you wonder what auditory perception techniques even are??

Fear not, I will explain everything here.

Last year, I created a new online course called The Attention & Perception E-Course.

The goal of the course is to offer a thorough overview of attention and perception, and also share a multitude of creative intervention ideas for targeting auditory perception, listening skills, and attention.

There are three packages to choose from, ranging from 5-15 CMTE credits.

Throughout the course, participants learn creative musical experiences, new original songs, and strategies for maintaining clients’ attention throughout a session. Participants also have access to sheet music, colorful visuals, pop song rhythm sheets, listening guides, dance break MP3s, and creativity worksheets.

Each and every intervention can be facilitated via teletherapy or in person. There are more than 30 demonstration videos included in the course, so participants can see what the techniques look like in action during actual music therapy sessions.

Today I’m going to shine a spotlight on some of the creative, grab-and-go ideas you’ll find in the first part of the E-Course:

Auditory Discrimination Games – See how you can integrate unique instruments like the rain stick, gong, electric guitar, chimes, canary stick, or oboe into your sessions to facilitate work on auditory discrimination skills (which are critical for speech and language development).

Music & Movement With Your Primary Instrument – Watch multiple videos where you’ll see demonstrations of how I use my clarinet to work on auditory discrimination skills (you will not believe some of the responses from the children!)

Themed Rhythmic Combos – Learn how to incorporate pizza toppings, favorite ice cream flavors, superheros, sports teams, and Disney princesses in a musical experience to give your clients practice with pattern imitation.

Pop Song Rhythms – Did you ever think you could use songs by Justin Bieber, JoJo Siwa, and Meghan Trainor to work on therapeutic goals? It is 100% possible. In the course, you’ll learn how to do that AND integrate your clients’ favorite songs to work on auditory perception skills in a way that is super engaging and fun.

“What Do You Hear?” – Grab the sheet music for this song in the Course Documents folder so you can implement it in your sessions right away to work on auditory discrimination, specifically auditory matching, with your clients.

All the ideas shared are considered “cool” by my school-age and teen clients (which is KEY for engaging them to work on therapeutic goals).

And, they give your clients multiple opportunities to refine their auditory perception skills (which are KEY for being able to listen in the classroom and in social situations, and to follow directions).

Although the ideas in the course are designed for school-age clients (Grades K-8) and teens, they are easily adaptable for older or younger populations.

If these ideas piqued your interest, then you’ll be glad to know that the doors for The Attention & Perception E-Course will be opening very soon (mid January 2022). Yay!

Join the waitlist by entering your name and email below, so you don’t miss when the doors for enrollment are open (and close again).

When you join the waitlist, you’ll hear about special discounts and promotions, and how you can access free bonus material.

Plus, you’ll get a Pop Song Rhythms freebie right away, so you can get a sneak peek of the materials you’ll get inside the course.

Over the next few weeks on the blog, I’ll continue to highlight some of the special features of The Attention & Perception E-Course that make it stand out from other continuing education courses.

More than 400 music therapists, educators, and professionals have taken Wholesome Harmonies E-Courses and successfully put the ideas into use in their sessions and classrooms.

Sarah Jarvis, a music therapy intern, had this to say about the course:

Would I recommend the course to others? Oh, absolutely. Your voice is easy to listen to, your videos are excellently edited, and your material is succinct and straightforward. For someone with ADD, this was AWESOME and so simple to stay attentive. The edited videos of client interventions seamlessly fit into the instruction videos. It made it so easy to mentally jump from what a therapist can do to use this information and these techniques. Thank you for making it a fun learning experience!

And Kaitlyn Southgate, a music teacher, said:

I found that everything was clearly explained and loved the examples that followed. I would definitely recommend the course to others. I personally feel much more prepared to work with these young clients and feel that this course would provide anyone with fantastic new approaches. Thank you for another wonderful course!

If you’re interested in learning more about the E-Course, be sure to hop on the wait list now!