25Jul
2012
4

The Empathy Song

Empathy. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of empathy is: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner. I decided to explore this […]

14Jul
2012
0

Goodbye, So Long

No, not really! It’s just the name of the newest release for my Saturday Song Share series! Hello and Goodbye Songs are an important part of my music therapy sessions for children with special needs. They are not necessarily right for all populations and settings, but for my children’s groups, they provide structure and predictability, as well […]

23Jun
2012
1

Say Hello and Shake Hands

It’s time for another Saturday Song Share! Woot woot! Last week’s song share was a High Five song (always a popular way to greet a friend!). Today’s song share is another greeting song…this one encourages children to say hello and shake hands. This is one of my favorite original songs….I think because of the minor key. […]

16Jun
2012
1

Give a High Five

It’s time for a Saturday Song Share! I’ve been sharing songs here and there, and today I’m super excited to start a new regular series for Wholesome Harmonies – Saturday Song Share! So mark your calendar and stay tuned. Here goes! Greeting songs are an important part of my music therapy sessions for children with […]

02May
2012
1

Sing Your Heart Out: Play Along with Me

Sing your heart out week continues!! Here is a song I use during my instrument playing activities, particularly those involving the xylophone and glockenspiel. I take out the ‘B’ and ‘F’ bars and the song fits perfectly. Also, the song lyrics can be individualized for different children using different instruments, for example “Danny plays the drum!” […]

28Feb
2012
2

What Do You Do?

What do you do? The idea for this song came about when I was working with a child with autism, providing individual music therapy. I found that it was easy for her to learn academic skills (numbers, colors, lettters) because of the rote memorization involved to learn the information. However, when it came to questions about how […]