Academic Concepts

Making The Most Of Professional Collaborations (Part 1- with teachers)

One thing I've learned in my fourteen years as a music therapist is that it is better when we work together. Cue Jack Johnson singing "it's always better when we're together." One of my favorite parts about working in a school setting is co-treating with other professionals. I have learned a tremendous amount from co-treating [...]

Making The Most Of Professional Collaborations (Part 1- with teachers)2019-08-08T20:36:10+00:00

A Frosty Musical Mad Lib

A few weeks ago, I shared a musical experience I created called The Noun Rap. I designed it for the 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students I work with at Children's Resources Educational Center. I figured, hey, if they have to learn about nouns, why not at least make it cool? (You can listen to [...]

A Frosty Musical Mad Lib2018-01-16T16:25:49+00:00

Let’s Gear Up For Back To School Time

The ink has barely dried on my Beach Themed blog posts and already I'm realizing people are posting first day of school pics of their kids. That can only mean one thing - it's back to school time! Looks like it's time to shift gears. I'm excited, though, because at the end of August I'll be [...]

Let’s Gear Up For Back To School Time2016-08-17T00:17:04+00:00

Addressing Academic Concepts with Kids

In last week's blog post, I shared about how I'm using any summer "down time" I can find to get a head start on session planning for the Fall. If you're in the same frame of mine I am and are need of some musical experiences that address academic concepts with kids, you're in luck! Below is [...]

Addressing Academic Concepts with Kids2016-10-23T18:50:12+00:00

{VIDEO SERIES} Music Therapy + Cognition Part 3

Today is the final post for my video series on Music Therapy + Cognition. I've had so much fun putting these videos together! You can catch up on the past posts and videos here: Part 1: Using the clarinet to work on localization Part 2: Using rhythm instruments to work on auditory perception skills Today [...]

{VIDEO SERIES} Music Therapy + Cognition Part 32016-10-23T19:01:41+00:00

Favorite Resource for Addressing Academic Concepts (Part 2)

There are a ton of lesson and session planning resources out there for teachers and therapists who work with children. Just scroll through Pinterest and you'll see the ideas out there are endless! One of the best resources I've found for creating visuals for my academic activities is a site called FileFolderFun.com. This site has free [...]

Favorite Resource for Addressing Academic Concepts (Part 2)2016-04-05T18:39:58+00:00

Movin’ & Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 2

Did you catch Part 1 of my summer blog series on Music & Movement? Or as I like to say, Movin' and Groovin' in Music Therapy! Check out that video here - we're working on identification of shapes. Today, I want to share a video that incorporates movement into an individual session where we're working [...]

Movin’ & Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 22015-07-10T23:36:09+00:00

Movin’ & Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 1

Today's post is Part 1 of my summer blog series on movin' and groovin' during your music therapy sessions with kids! Movement is so important when children are learning - it wakes up the body and the brain and actively engages children in the learning process. In the video below, I am working on shape identification [...]

Movin’ & Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 12015-07-10T23:36:48+00:00

Fun With File Folder Games

I don't know about you, but sometimes it's refreshing to just drop all the things you were "supposed to do" from your To Do list and just spend time with family and enjoy a beautiful day. That is just what I did yesterday, which is why I didn't get the chance to write my usual Saturday morning blog post. I [...]

Fun With File Folder Games2015-08-27T00:27:49+00:00

Here is a Song about S

"Here is a song about S...S, S, the letter S!" Here's a little tune to address the letter S. There are a few ways to implement this activity: You can ask children to identify various S-word pictures; you can play "I Spy" and ask them to identify various S-words around the room; or you can sing nonsense words [...]

Here is a Song about S2016-07-19T19:48:36+00:00