It’s the First Day of School

  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

Composing Catchy Songs for Clients (that are therapeutic and effective too!)

I know it can be tricky composing songs for clients. We want the songs to be therapeutic and goal-oriented, but also catchy and engaging. (At least that's what I'm thinking of when I'm composing for kids!) Here are a few tips to get you started with writing songs for your clients: Repetition, repetition, repetition. When it comes [...]

Composing Catchy Songs for Clients (that are therapeutic and effective too!)2016-12-14T14:38:37+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

My Favorite Movement Song for Babies

  Monday mornings are my favorite. I know that doesn't sound believable, but it's true! On Mondays I spend my morning making music with babies and their parents or caregivers. I do in home individual sessions and then a large group session at the Brockway Memorial Library in Miami Shores. I love leading sessions for [...]

My Favorite Movement Song for Babies2015-11-04T14:49:16+00:00

Variations on ‘Let’s Make Some Music’

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! Thanksgiving is my new favorite holiday. I do my very best to go about my day in a state of gratitude and thankfulness, so this holiday is a perfect fit for me. (Oh and I LOVE turkey and apple pie! :) In today's blog, I want to share one of my favorite original [...]

Variations on ‘Let’s Make Some Music’2015-07-19T15:01:46+00:00

Movin’ and Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 3

I've really been enjoying being able to share my ideas for how to incorporate more movement into our music therapy sessions with kids! Sometimes I think I'll never need a gym membership because of all the stomping, spinning, hopping, jumping, and dancing I do in my sessions! If you're not caught up already, watch this video [...]

Movin’ and Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 32015-07-10T23:34:56+00:00

Wind, Wind

Sensory-based interventions are some of my favorite to incorporate into my music therapy sessions. Many of the children I work with who have special needs are also sensory-based learners. This means they learn about their world through their senses - sight, touch, hearing, even taste! Here is an original song I wrote to use in my sensory sessions [...]

Wind, Wind2015-04-08T00:36:26+00:00

Sing Together: Greetings & Goodbyes

What a difference a week can make! Last Wednesday, I was wrapping up my time at United Cerebral Palsy and saying goodbye to my co-worker family that I'd been with for 7 years. This Wednesday, I'm organizing my office at University of Miami, attending new faculty orientation, and meeting the new students who'll be starting in the music [...]

Sing Together: Greetings & Goodbyes2013-08-21T09:45:34+00:00

Criss Cross Applesauce

I used to come into the classrooms at UCP's Early Beginnings Academy and I talk a LOT. "Okay everyone let's sit down in the circle." "Oh you have new shoes - awesome!" "Ok everyone sit down. Stop pulling her hair. Don't pick your nose. Come on let's all sit down!" This year, I am making [...]

Criss Cross Applesauce2013-02-13T13:08:37+00:00