Playing a Rainbow: Color-Coded Notation for Xylophone

2015-04-07T22:22:10+00:00April 27th, 2012|

One of my favorite session activities is using color-coded notation to teach children how to play xylophone, piano, and hand bells. Here is a video of two children I see for individual music therapy using color-coded notation to play the xylophone (or as my nephew calls it, the "ex-lophone :)). I didn't need to give them much [...]

Fa, la, la, la, la!!!

2015-04-07T22:23:26+00:00December 12th, 2011|

Friday was a fantastic day - we took a group of our best singers around UCP to Christmas carol! This was a first time event, so yay! I emailed all the employees who have offices in UCP (i.e. Human Resources, Nursing, etc.) and asked them to leave their doors open so the children could serenade them [...]

Sense-ational Activities ~ “Roll the Cabasa”

2019-10-12T20:37:16+00:00November 5th, 2011|

Tactile Stimulation Today I am starting a series about "sense-ational" music therapy activities. Many of the children I work with at UCP's Early Beginnings Academy have a diagnosis of severe and profound intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. Both groups of children benefit from what we call "sensory based" activities - activities that tap into [...]

What is Your Name? (Woah!)

2015-04-07T22:28:05+00:00October 22nd, 2011|

Today I'd like to share an intervention from one of my individual music therapy sessions at UCP's Early Beginnings Academy. This song was written by my former intern, colleague at UCP, and friend, Amber Ewers and she has graciously allowed me to share it with you today. The first goal we are working on during this [...]

Groovy Guitar Strums for Music Therapists – Part 2

2015-04-07T22:30:08+00:00September 27th, 2011|

It's finally ready ~ Part 2 of Groovy Guitar Strums for Music Therapists! In Part 1 I covered some easy strum patterns to help add variety to your sessions; here in Part 2 I cover some easy fingerstyles... Fingerpick ~ "Now it's Time to Say Goodbye" (adapted) by Amy Kalas Buser   Fingerpick Slap ~ "What Do [...]

Groovy Guitar Strums for Music Therapists – Part 1

2019-10-13T17:50:46+00:00September 11th, 2011|

Are you looking to add some variety to your guitar playing? Look no further! Watch here and see if you are inspired to pick up your guitar and try some groovy new strum patterns... Music Therapy Strum ~ "Rainstorm is Brewing" by Mahleah Benson Upbeat Music Therapy Strum ~ "Days of the Week" by Amy Kalas [...]

“How Are You?” – A Song about Feelings

2015-04-07T22:35:39+00:00July 18th, 2011|

Feelings are a very important topic for my students at UCP. Now that the children in the Kindergarten class can express how they're feeling, we hear "I'm mad!" or "That made me sad!" ALL day long. They're getting a lot of practice with expressing their feelings. Here's one of their favorite songs to sing during music [...]

Bringing the Outside Inside for Music Therapy!

2015-04-07T22:37:42+00:00July 13th, 2011|

Watch to see how you can use items from the outdoors in your music therapy sessions!                   Pod guiros!                     Podshakers!   What are YOUR ideas?  

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