JANUARY
I’m Dreaming of a Winter That’s Not Warm. In this blog post I share some winter-themed session ideas. It’s snowflakes and snowmen galore, plus a singable story that you already know the tune to!

Frosty Session Ideas + The Snowball Chant – Grab some winter-themed session ideas that work on parts of speech, direction following and motor skills.

FEBRUARY
Put a Little Love in Your Heart – Valentine’s Day songwriting. Feel the love.

More LOVE-ly Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Check out this Valentine’s Day session plan that will engage your entire group.

MARCH
St. Paddy’s Day Session Ideas – Learn how I play a game I created called ‘Irish…or Not Irish?’, find out how I facilitate ‘playing a rainbow’, and see how I incorporate “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” into this holiday-themed session.

MORE St. Paddy’s Day Session Ideas – Irish jig anyone? Play the game “Where is the leprechaun?” and end with a poem and relaxation to one of my favorite Irish tunes.

APRIL & MAY
Springtime Sounds – Instruments that sound like animals can be used to provide auditory stimulation and prompt localization.

Little Red Riding Hood ~ The Musical – Read how I put together a spring musical that included original songs, costumes, and lines to learn.

Little Red Riding Hood Performance – See pictures from the actual performance – the costumes were great!

JUNE
Graduation is Approaching – Watch this video of one of our star singers singing the graduation song he wrote with his class, “It’s Always More Fun.”

Graduation Day – Click to see the lyrics of the song the children wrote for their Graduation performance.

JULY & AUGUST
I Like to Go to the Beach ~  A Multisensory Experience – Mangoes to provide olfactory and gustatory stimulation? Sun tan lotion to provide tactile and olfactory stimulation? Yes please! Find out how music ties it all together.

SEPTEMBER
It’s Fall Ya’ll: Apples, Apples Everywhere – Here I share my apple themed session ideas for September sessions.

OCTOBER 
Spooky Music Listening for School-Age Students – Find out three creepy classical pieces you can use to work on improving listening skills and sustained attention, and to practice using adjectives. 

Halloween Rhythm Repeat {for tweens & teens} – This musical experience involves rhythm sticks, Halloween phrases and imitation. It also has multiple levels of participation for groups with clients of mixed abilities.

The Costume Rap {for tweens & teens} – Learn a simple rap to facilitate verbal & nonverbal communication skills during Halloween (MP3 available!).

It’s Fall Ya’ll: Halloween Theme – In this post I share my spooky Halloween themed session ideas.

It’s Fall Ya’ll: Halloween Books & Ideas – Here you’ll find even more Halloween session ideas and how I incorporate books into my themed sessions.

The Making of Our Halloween Musical ~ Part 1 – The children created everything for this Halloween musical: they wrote the story, helped design costumes, designed background scenery, AND created tickets and signs.

The Making of Our Halloween Musical ~ Part 2 – The children practiced….and practiced…and practiced. Listen to the original songs we wrote for the musical, too!

Showtime! Our Halloween Musical Debut – Look at pictures from the performance day – the children were STARS.

Halloween is Coming…Are You Ready for Some Sensory Ideas?  – Flying ghosts, light up lanterns & pumpkins with cobwebs…read this post to see how I incorporate these items into my sensory-based Halloween sessions.

“Cause This is Thriller!” Halloween Session Ideas for Teens – Halloween musical song story with instruments AND creative movement to MJ’s Thriller. My teen group loved these interventions.

We Are Spiders – An original move & groove song for Halloween. Sheet music + mp3 available!

Book ‘n Song: “Nightsong” – Watch this video and listen to the musical score I composed to match what was happening in the book – Reading Rainbow style.

Book ‘n Song: “Big Pumpkin” – Watch this video and listen to the musical score I composed to mimic what was happening in the story, “Big Pumpkin.”

NOVEMBER
It’s Fall Ya’ll: Turkeys, Turkeys Everywhere – Here I share Thanksgiving & turkey-themed session ideas.

Get Your Turkey Groove On – Here is one of my favorite Thanksgiving songs for kids…make sure you listen till the part where I gobble!

The Sights & Smells of Fall – Get a list of Fall sensory experiences that stimulate the nose and ears.

DECEMBER
A “Sensational” Holiday Session Plan – Learn how you can access a holiday music therapy session plan that will provide you with creative, developmentally appropriate ideas that incorporate all five senses.

“I Am Santa” {VIDEO + Free Sheet Music!} – Need a new simple Santa song to use in your holiday sessions? Check this one out by watching the video.

How To Make the Nutcracker Cool – See how I used listening sheets, movement activities, instrument exploration, and the nutrocker to engage my clients in a Nutcracker-themed session. 

UCP Holiday Spectacular 2011 – Our 2011 holiday show included everything from a hand bell choir performance to a Chinese New Year song with a gong solo.

UCP Holiday Spectacular 2012 – Our 2012 holiday show included a presentation of the Nutcracker, a performance of “Carol of the Bells” on tone chimes, and a festive holiday sing-a-long.