Making the Most of Moana – Session Ideas for Attention Goals


I don't know about you but I was a little bit relieved when Moana came out and we could finally put the music for Frozen away! There's only so many times you can sing "Let it Go" in a lesson or session, am I right? Because Moana is so popular, I did some brainstorming to [...]

Making the Most of Moana – Session Ideas for Attention Goals2017-07-02T14:53:56+00:00

The Second-Most Versatile Instrument In My Bag


Rhythm sticks are quickly becoming my favorite instrument. Why? They're incredibly versatile (just like this instrument is!), They're appropriate for a wide range of ages, They can be used to address goals in a variety of domains, And, they're multi sensory. The multisensory component is my favorite part because the majority of the individuals I [...]

The Second-Most Versatile Instrument In My Bag2017-05-25T14:11:25+00:00

Enliven Your Instrument Activities With This Technique


I've been working at Children's Resources Educational Center since August of last year and am loving my time there. I have the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of students. One of my favorite classes at Children's Resources is for children with severe/profound intellectual disability and physical disabilities. Many of the students in the class [...]

Enliven Your Instrument Activities With This Technique2017-04-05T18:04:00+00:00

Ho-ho-how To Teach the Kazoo at Christmas time


I cannot believe Christmas is right around the corner! I have to admit I'm pretty excited about that. This is the first Christmas with our new baby and I've been having way too much fun singing carols with her and jingling bells together. I've also been singing carols during my sessions with my clients who [...]

Ho-ho-how To Teach the Kazoo at Christmas time2019-12-05T15:26:32+00:00

Variations on ‘Let’s Make Some Music’


Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! Thanksgiving is my new favorite holiday. I do my very best to go about my day in a state of gratitude and thankfulness, so this holiday is a perfect fit for me. (Oh and I LOVE turkey and apple pie! :) In today's blog, I want to share one of my favorite original [...]

Variations on ‘Let’s Make Some Music’2015-07-19T15:01:46+00:00

Music Therapy with the Park Optimists


This is a special guest post brought to you by Claire Gentry, MT-BC. Claire is a board-certified music therapist and works as a subcontractor for Wholesome Harmonies. She provides many of our in-home services for children and teens with special needs. Claire also facilitates music therapy for Friendship Circle of Miami Beach/Bal Harbor, Rockin' and [...]

Music Therapy with the Park Optimists2013-09-25T14:15:09+00:00

What’s the Most Versatile Instrument in My Bag?


Sometimes I wish I was an octopus. There are times when I am going into a session carrying my guitar, a keyboard, a gathering drum, AND a bag of instruments....and eight arms would really be helpful! (Who needs the gym when you have sessions all day long, right?) I have found that there is one [...]

What’s the Most Versatile Instrument in My Bag?2015-06-03T14:44:04+00:00

Drumming By Number


As I type this post Steve and I are about 3 weeks away from our wedding day! I could not be more excited! Thank you to everyone who replied or commented on my Here Comes the Bride Post with fun song suggestions for our reception. We have lots of great songs to choose from - let [...]

Drumming By Number2013-03-13T13:31:39+00:00

You Can Use A Maraca For That?


I love when my clients inspire me and give me new ideas for interventions during my music therapy sessions. This happened a few weeks ago and I've been using the idea ever since. One little guy I work with individually loves book and songs. I use this type of musical experience to work on expressive language, [...]

You Can Use A Maraca For That?2013-02-20T16:48:51+00:00

Sing Your Heart Out: Play Along with Me


Sing your heart out week continues!! Here is a song I use during my instrument playing activities, particularly those involving the xylophone and glockenspiel. I take out the 'B' and 'F' bars and the song fits perfectly. Also, the song lyrics can be individualized for different children using different instruments, for example "Danny plays the drum!" [...]

Sing Your Heart Out: Play Along with Me2012-05-02T20:57:46+00:00