Tune In To Teens

{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} Be Flexible Rap & Other Social Skills Interventions

On Sundays I provide group music therapy services at Friendship Circle Miami. It's an amazing program, where neurotypical teens are paired with teens with autism and other special needs. Together, they participate in music therapy and recreational programs like sports, karate, cooking, art, and yoga. At the heart of the Friendship Circle program is the [...]

{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} Be Flexible Rap & Other Social Skills Interventions2020-02-12T16:20:34+00:00

{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} Organizing Your Music Therapy Materials

I'm a paper planner person. Through and through. I love to color code, write notes, and keep everything neat and organized on a calendar that I can spread out in front of me and see as a whole. The same goes for reading. I don't use a Kindle - I love the smell and feel [...]

{TUNE IN TO TEENS SPOTLIGHT} Organizing Your Music Therapy Materials2020-02-12T16:17:04+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

Had To Have High, High Hopes

Earlier this week I had one of those really great session days. Everything flowed, my students were totally engaged, and I got great feedback from the teachers and students alike. I had brought in some New Year's-themed interventions, which is how I like to start each new year with my school-age and teen clients. I [...]

Had To Have High, High Hopes2020-01-14T18:29:12+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

Midsummer FLASH SALE!

I hope you've been having a great summer so far! My little family of four just returned from a trip to my hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and we had a blast. It was a fantastic trip where I had the opportunity to reconnect with friends I hadn't seen in over twenty years. I'm still buzzing [...]

Midsummer FLASH SALE!2017-07-26T11:58:39+00:00

This Tip Has Saved Me Hours in Session Planning

Session planning is one of my favorite things about being a music therapist. I love the process. We start out with a client need and corresponding goal. Then we use our creativity to see how we can address that goal musically. I love everything that goes into that process - writing original songs for my younger clients, [...]

This Tip Has Saved Me Hours in Session Planning2017-03-29T15:01:36+00:00

The Noun Rap. (Yes, You Read That Right!)

Growing up, I always loved writing. In particular, I used to write a lot of poetry and always loved seeing how I could make things rhyme and flow. Little did I know that skill would serve me very well in my music therapy work with tweens and teens! I recently started working at a school in [...]

The Noun Rap. (Yes, You Read That Right!)2018-07-21T00:12:56+00:00