adolescents

How To Use Rap Tracks When Your Clients Have Lost Focus

Every other Sunday, I drive up a palm tree-lined road to the Chabad Center of Kendall to facilitate sessions for Friendship Circle Miami. I've worked with Friendship Circle since 2010 and it's one of my favorite programs to work with. This past week something very interesting happened in one of the sessions. I had just [...]

How To Use Rap Tracks When Your Clients Have Lost Focus2019-07-18T15:31:33+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 Hopes2019-07-18T16:10:25+00:00

Pop Song Mini-Packs: stay on top of what’s new in pop

One of my main goals here at Wholesome Harmonies is to connect with and support other like-minded professionals. In particular, music therapists, music teachers and special ed teachers who work with tween and teen clients. The #1 thing I hear from y'all when you reach out to me (which I LOVE!) is that you enjoy the [...]

Pop Song Mini-Packs: stay on top of what’s new in pop2018-10-24T15:23:49+00:00

Why I’m Secretly Glad American Idol is Back

I don’t know about you, but I was pretty excited to hear that American Idol was coming back on the airwaves in 2018. (Don't be ashamed if you were too!) I’ve watched on and off throughout the years since it began in 2001 and have always loved the show. I’ve tried watching the other vocal [...]

Why I’m Secretly Glad American Idol is Back2018-05-02T02:12:43+00:00

Game Show Network-Inspired Musical Games for the Holidays

If you follow my blog (and E-Book series), you know I love a good musical game. As soon as I mention we're playing a "game" at the start of a session, I immediately have my clients hooked and excited. Musical games are great in that you can sneak in work on lots of different goal [...]

Game Show Network-Inspired Musical Games for the Holidays2017-12-11T01:47:53+00:00

Halloween Rhythm Combos {for tweens & teens}

Halloween is right around the corner! I've been using The Costume Rap in my sessions this month and it's been a hit. I use this musical experience to work on verbal and non-verbal communication skills with my tween and teen clients. Many of you have mentioned that it's tough to come up with musical experiences for [...]

Halloween Rhythm Combos {for tweens & teens}2018-10-23T18:39:36+00:00

Everything is Awesome (The Lego Movie + therapeutic goals)

{Thanks to everyone for your kind comments following my post about Hurricane Irma and how Julie Andrews helped during my evacuation with my two babies. I really enjoyed hearing from you. We are still cleaning up in Miami and it's been a slow process, but things are slowly getting back to "normal."}   One thing [...]

Everything is Awesome (The Lego Movie + therapeutic goals)2018-10-20T17:52:36+00:00
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