Teens

How To Use Rap Tracks When Your Clients Have Lost Focus

Every other Sunday, I drive up a palm tree-lined road to the Chabad Center of Kendall to facilitate sessions for Friendship Circle Miami. I've worked with Friendship Circle since 2010 and it's one of my favorite programs to work with. This past week something very interesting happened in one of the sessions. I had just [...]

How To Use Rap Tracks When Your Clients Have Lost Focus2019-07-18T15:31:33+00:00

To Use Recorded Music in Music Therapy…or To Not Use Recorded Music?

I have a confession to make... Ready for it? I used to be kind of a snob when it came to using recorded music in my sessions. As a board certified music therapist, I am a firm believer that we have a unique skill set that sets us apart from other music professionals. We play [...]

To Use Recorded Music in Music Therapy…or To Not Use Recorded Music?2019-06-29T13:57:54+00:00

Here’s why I’m still watching American Idol…17 years later

"Raise your hand if you're an American Idol fan!" Anyone? I said this at a recent session with a group of middle schoolers and they just stared back at me. I think I heard actual crickets. Apparently AI is't cool anymore?! Even if it's not still cool, I'm still watching. Want to know why? A [...]

Here’s why I’m still watching American Idol…17 years later2019-07-18T15:59:54+00:00

Pop Song Mini-Packs: stay on top of what’s new in pop

One of my main goals here at Wholesome Harmonies is to connect with and support other like-minded professionals. In particular, music therapists, music teachers and special ed teachers who work with tween and teen clients. The #1 thing I hear from y'all when you reach out to me (which I LOVE!) is that you enjoy the [...]

Pop Song Mini-Packs: stay on top of what’s new in pop2018-10-24T15:23:49+00:00

Pop Song Searching Got You Down? Read On.

I've been working with teens since 2005 (yikes! It's true!) Over the years, I've found it harder and harder to locate "appropriate" songs to use with my teens clients. I know what qualifies as an "appropriate song" can vary from person to person. What I'm referring to are songs that are free of inappropriate language [...]

Pop Song Searching Got You Down? Read On.2018-07-20T23:58:11+00:00

Why I’m Secretly Glad American Idol is Back

I don’t know about you, but I was pretty excited to hear that American Idol was coming back on the airwaves in 2018. (Don't be ashamed if you were too!) I’ve watched on and off throughout the years since it began in 2001 and have always loved the show. I’ve tried watching the other vocal [...]

Why I’m Secretly Glad American Idol is Back2018-05-02T02:12:43+00:00

Grab a Free Musical Jeopardy Template

One of the most classic music therapy interventions is Musical Jeopardy. It's familiar, inviting, engaging and fun. Perfect for a practicum student, intern or seasoned clinician to facilitate. Every year I come up with a new version of this game and use it as I'm getting to know my new groups and clients, and assess [...]

Grab a Free Musical Jeopardy Template2019-02-20T15:49:54+00:00

Frosty Session Ideas + The Snowball Chant

I've been watching the weather and I see that in other parts of the country it's snowing and there were sub-zero temperatures last night! It's hard to believe that winter is going on in other parts of the country and world, because here in Miami it's 75 and sunny. (To be fair, we endure a [...]

Frosty Session Ideas + The Snowball Chant2019-02-28T17:32:38+00:00

Game Show Network-Inspired Musical Games for the Holidays

If you follow my blog (and E-Book series), you know I love a good musical game. As soon as I mention we're playing a "game" at the start of a session, I immediately have my clients hooked and excited. Musical games are great in that you can sneak in work on lots of different goal [...]

Game Show Network-Inspired Musical Games for the Holidays2017-12-11T01:47:53+00:00
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