Musical Skills

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 4: Dynamics + Wrapping It Up

I was going to close out this Musical Mini-Series by going straight to a wrap up, but yesterday something happened in one of my sessions that I just had to share with you. I was working with one of the classes at Children's Resources Educational Center (a school for children with special needs here in [...]

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 4: Dynamics + Wrapping It Up2019-09-17T18:16:37+00:00

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 3: Tempo

Ready for Part 3? This is the third post in the musical mini-series where we're a closer look at our therapeutic medium: music. We started off by taking a glance at melody and the V7 chord. Next up is....(drumroll please)....tempo! How can we as music therapists use tempo to guide and elicit movements? When working with a [...]

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 3: Tempo2019-09-17T18:29:33+00:00

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 2: V7 Chord

If you were a practicum student or intern under my supervision, you inevitably heard me talk about my love of the V7 chord. This is a powerful chord that can be used as an incredible therapeutic tool to prompt a response from our clients (catch up on part 1 of this series by checking out [...]

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 2: V7 Chord2019-09-17T18:23:13+00:00

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 1: Melody

Last week, I introduced you to the mini-series I'm starting that focuses on our therapeutic medium: MUSIC. I'm excited to jump in because I want to take a look at a few musical elements and examine how they're functioning to bring about positive changes in behavior. I'll also dig into how enhancing our musical presentation [...]

{Musical Mini-Series} Part 1: Melody2019-09-17T18:21:12+00:00

Don’t Forget These Two Things When You Session Plan

If there is one thing I love to do, it's session plan. I cozy up on my blue rocking chair, pull up the blinds so I have a good view of the palm trees outside, and get out a fresh sheet of blank paper. Then I get to work planning my upcoming sessions for the [...]

Don’t Forget These Two Things When You Session Plan2018-09-05T15:02:20+00:00

Musical Goals and the Music Therapist

Do you ever set musical goals for yourself? As music therapists we are master goal writers! We assess our clients, create functional goals and objectives for them and track those goals throughout treatment. Have you ever thought of going through that same process for yourself, musically? It's something that is top of mind for me [...]

Musical Goals and the Music Therapist2016-05-11T00:49:35+00:00

NEW Video Series ~ Session Faves (Part 2)

We're back with the second installment of the video series on my Session Faves! Click here to watch the first video & I'd love to hear in the comments if you use this one too! Now on to session fave #2 ~ it is my FAVORITE tool that not only enhances the musical quality of my [...]

NEW Video Series ~ Session Faves (Part 2)2015-04-15T18:57:57+00:00

My Musical Goals – Update!

Back in January I posted about My Musical Goals. I decided this is my year to step it up musically so I can enhance the quality of my music therapy sessions. Here's my update on how things are going... My January Goal was to Become a Ukulele Master. I found some great websites, including Ukulele Tricks [...]

My Musical Goals – Update!2012-03-21T12:51:58+00:00

My Musical Goals

Now that the new year is in full swing, I've had some time to think about the goals I have for myself. In my post, Patience, Productivity, and Presence, I talked about those 3 words in more detail and how they will guide me through the new year. Regarding my goals for myself, I'm taking [...]

My Musical Goals2012-01-17T15:02:56+00:00