Social Skills

“What Do You Do?” A Social Skills Song for Elementary Students

The other day I was walking through Target and had a 'Hallelujah moment'! Seriously. I was coming in for one item: a white t-shirt that my daughter needed for an art project at her preschool. But, like most times I visit Target, I never made it past the Dollar Section (does that happen to you, [...]

“What Do You Do?” A Social Skills Song for Elementary Students2019-10-17T12:17:07+00:00

Sing, Speak & Socialize Group Music Therapy

I always look forward to Mondays. On Mondays I have a full day of sessions and lessons, ranging from mommy & me groups with babies and toddlers to adapted guitar lessons with teens on the autism spectrum. I also facilitate a music therapy group called Sing, Speak & Socialize. This group is specifically designed for children on [...]

Sing, Speak & Socialize Group Music Therapy2016-02-23T19:01:00+00:00

Musical Hide & Seek

As April is winding down, so is the school year here at University of Miami (UM), where I've been teaching this past school year. It has been an incredible year and I have learned so, so much! I'm looking forward to the coming months, where I have a few major life changes coming down the [...]

Musical Hide & Seek2015-05-29T14:56:43+00:00

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 [...]

The Empathy Song2018-05-13T18:57:38+00:00

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 [...]

Goodbye, So Long2015-05-29T14:54:56+00:00

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. [...]

Say Hello and Shake Hands2019-01-30T19:38:57+00:00

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 [...]

Give a High Five2015-05-29T14:57:21+00:00

Sing Your Heart Out: The Manners Song

Today's post will wrap up Sing Your Heart Out week! Each day this week, I shared a new song that you can use in your music therapy sessions or music classes. Day 1: It is Time to Sing a Song ~ a song for building communication skills Day 2: I Am An Elephant ~ a [...]

Sing Your Heart Out: The Manners Song2015-04-15T19:02:56+00:00

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!" [...]

Sing Your Heart Out: Play Along with Me2012-05-02T20:57:46+00:00

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 [...]

What Do You Do?2019-12-04T14:50:00+00:00