Hand Bells For The Holidays


Christmas is right around the corner (do you even need me to tell you that?) and our holiday sessions are in full swing! We're jingling bells, ho-ho-ho-ing on the kazoo, and playing Holiday Musical Pictionary. I recently started working at a preschool in Miami, where I provide music therapy for the 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old [...]

Hand Bells For The Holidays2019-12-12T16:19:13+00:00

Halloween-Themed Attention & Perception Training Exercises


"Halloween-themed attention & perception training exercises." Kind of a mouthful, isn't it? That'a just a fancy way of saying that we're going to use Halloween songs to work on attention and perception skills (like listening and following directions). Here's an idea that can be used with clients of all ages: Play a spooky Halloween song [...]

Halloween-Themed Attention & Perception Training Exercises2019-10-17T12:43:37+00:00

Need to Target Auditory Perception Skills? Add One Instruction To Your Instrument Songs.


Valentine's Day is just around the bend. With that theme in mind I've been incorporating lots of "love"- and friendship-themed songs into my sessions: "Love Story" by Taylor Swift, "Rhythm of Love" by the Plain White T's and "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars. Although I'll be the first to admit that it's fun to [...]

Need to Target Auditory Perception Skills? Add One Instruction To Your Instrument Songs.2019-02-20T19:05:53+00:00

The Leaves Are Falling One By One


Although I have a storehouse of session ideas (especially when it comes to Fall!), I always like to keep things fresh and bring in new musical experiences for my clients. My mom recently sent a book in the mail for my daughters (who are ages 2 and 4) and they love it, but as soon [...]

The Leaves Are Falling One By One2019-09-26T13:57:35+00:00

Spooky Music Listening for School-Age Students


I prepared a spooky music listening session for my school-age kiddos this week and I'm EXCITED about it! My goals for the students in these classes are: To improve auditory perception skills (ie. listening skills) To improve sustained attention And, to practice using adjectives (one of the goals shared by their teachers) These goals, paired [...]

Spooky Music Listening for School-Age Students2019-10-06T18:50:10+00:00

How to Make the Nutcracker Cool


I've been on a session planning kick lately. Even though I have almost thirteen years (!!) of session plans saved up I still love coming up with new ideas, writing new songs and thinking of more creative ways to help my clients meet their goals. Lately, my three-year-old daughter has been really into the Nutcracker. She's [...]

How to Make the Nutcracker Cool2019-12-18T17:00:09+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}2019-10-06T18:55:46+00:00

The Costume Rap {for tweens & teens}


Halloween is right around the corner and there is a hint of Fall in the air (yipee!). Here in Miami that just means the humidity has dropped slightly, but I'll take it! Come on over and grab some free Halloween intervention ideas here and then check out this new idea I came up with: It's called the [...]

The Costume Rap {for tweens & teens}2019-09-28T18:06:41+00:00

Halloween Intervention Roundup


Halloween is approaching and I don't know about you, but I am loving coming up with my session plans this month. If you've read my blog posts in the past, you know I love a good themed session plan. Halloween is especially fun because there are so many interesting characters to incorporate (witches, ghosts, and goblins), themes to [...]

Halloween Intervention Roundup2016-10-19T15:20:31+00:00

Themed Session Plans: The Key To Unlocking Your Creativity


If you're a regular here at the Wholesome Harmonies blog, you know I LOVE a good themed session plan. We're getting to that time of year when theme ideas abound: there's Harvest, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Wintertime. I love all of it! I find that when planning for my sessions, starting with a theme [...]

Themed Session Plans: The Key To Unlocking Your Creativity2016-09-27T19:35:03+00:00