The Noun Rap (Yes, You Read That Right!) – Rhyming rap lyrics + a cool hip hop beat make for the perfect recipe to teach common and proper nouns. MP3 download is available for this one!

Everything is Awesome (The Lego Movie + therapeutic goals) – Find out how you can use a song from The Lego Movie to work on social/emotional goals and communication goals.

Dive into this 3-part series of Camping-Themed Session Ideas:
1) A Camping We Will Go – See how we roasted marshmallows with rhythm sticks over a drum to work on motor skills, sang camp songs to work on expressive language and sang a marshmallow counting song to work on math skills. Read on to find the songs I used and how you can facilitate these activities with your clients as well.

2) A Camping We Will Go…Some More – Singing in rounds to work on selective attention…playing rainbow handbells and singing “I Love the Mountains” to work on divided attention…all the details on these camping-themed activities (and goals!) are here.

3) A Camping We Will Go…With Our Senses  – Marshmallows used for olfactory stimulation and lantern lights to work on visual tracking? Those are just a few of the sensory-based ideas that are part of this camping-themed session plan.

Movin’ & Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 1 – Watch this video to see how I combine music + movement to help my client practice identifying shapes.

Movin’ & Groovin’ in Music Therapy ~ Part 2 – Watch this video to see how I allow my client to jump and move to music while we practice identifying – AT words.

Amp Up Your Work on Auditory Perception Skills – These skills are critical for children so they can improve their ability to listen, discriminate sounds, and tune out distractions in the classroom. Check out all the ideas here and watch video demonstrations.

Addressing Academic Concepts with Kids – This post is a round up of videos and songs where you can learn how to target specific academic concepts in your music therapy sessions.

Fun With File Folder Games – Learn how you can create fun, visually appealing file folder games for your sessions with preschool and school age children.

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

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. 

Intimidated by Using Improv as a Music Therapy Intervention? Try this.

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

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. 

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