2020-03-04T16:25:57+00:00February 25th, 2020|

One question I'm asked more than any other is this: "What music should I use with my teen clients and students?" I get it, because it stumps me sometimes, too. First, it's hard to find songs that are: a) appropriate (lyrics and content-wise), b) able to be used therapeutically, and c) considered cool by your [...]

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

2020-02-12T16:20:34+00:00February 12th, 2020|

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 [...]

Had To Have High, High Hopes

2020-01-14T18:29:12+00:00January 16th, 2019|

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 [...]

Pop Song Searching Got You Down? Read On.

2018-07-20T23:58:11+00:00June 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

Midsummer FLASH SALE!

2017-07-26T11:58:39+00:00July 26th, 2017|

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 [...]

This Tip Has Saved Me Hours in Session Planning

2017-03-29T15:01:36+00:00March 29th, 2017|

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, [...]

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