Children

Ukulele, Ukulele, Strum Strum Strum

2018-07-21T00:07:48+00:00

Playing the ukulele makes me happy. It reminds me of summertime and being at the beach. Do you get that same feeling when you play? Recently, I started ukulele lessons with a three-year-old. It's been fun to come up with a short lesson structure for this age group, and the lessons have been going very well. [...]

Ukulele, Ukulele, Strum Strum Strum2018-07-21T00:07:48+00:00

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

2018-05-16T01:41:50+00:00

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 [...]

Three Keys to Engaging Children In (almost!) Any Music Therapy Activity2018-05-16T01:41:50+00:00

It’s the First Day of School

2017-08-17T18:08:26+00:00

  When I was a kid, I LOVED back to school time. I loved shopping for new school supplies (Lisa Frank notebooks and Bic pens were my thing!) and was always so excited for the first day of school. I try to bring some of that same excitement into my music therapy sessions on the [...]

It’s the First Day of School2017-08-17T18:08:26+00:00

If You’re On a Tight Budget, Purchase THIS Item For Your Sessions

2016-10-05T00:41:43+00:00

I recently had to move all my instruments and materials from the therapy center where I’ve worked for three years and move it back home. The therapy center was closing its doors and my materials needed a new home. This move allowed me to take inventory of everything I own and reminded me of a [...]

If You’re On a Tight Budget, Purchase THIS Item For Your Sessions2016-10-05T00:41:43+00:00

Let’s Gear Up For Back To School Time

2016-08-17T00:17:04+00:00

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

Need More Beach Theme Ideas?

2016-10-23T18:45:33+00:00

I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to put my summer session plans away just yet! I love using my uke and singing about relaxing days at the beach. There are so many creative ways to design sensory, cognitive, and movement activities around a beach theme (click here to check out some of those [...]

Need More Beach Theme Ideas?2016-10-23T18:45:33+00:00

Addressing Academic Concepts with Kids

2016-10-23T18:50:12+00:00

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

Friendship Circle Morning of Talent

2016-06-20T18:06:13+00:00

Friendship Circle is one of my favorite programs to work with. It is an incredible organization that provides services for children and teens with autism, as well as the opportunity for them to make friends and work on social skills in a supportive environment. I work with Friendship Circle by providing group music therapy services for [...]

Friendship Circle Morning of Talent2016-06-20T18:06:13+00:00

{VIDEO SERIES} Music Therapy + Cognition Part 3

2016-10-23T19:01:41+00:00

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

Intimidated by Using Improv as a Music Therapy Intervention? Try This.

2016-01-20T17:06:53+00:00

I'll admit firsthand that I've been a little hesitant to incorporate improvisation into my sessions. I never knew quite where to start or how to musically support my clients. Also, my clients (who are mostly on the autism spectrum) need a lot of structure, so I didn't know how they would handle the "musical freedom," [...]

Intimidated by Using Improv as a Music Therapy Intervention? Try This.2016-01-20T17:06:53+00:00