session ideas

The Sights & Smells of Fall

2019-09-26T14:02:50+00:00November 15th, 2017|

Sensory sessions based on a theme are my absolute fave. Right now, it's all about Fall ya'll. Although it never truly feels like Fall here in Miami (high today of 83!) I still try to get into the spirit of the season in my sessions. Using Fall and all the goodness that goes along with [...]

Midsummer FLASH SALE!

2017-07-26T11:58:39+00:00July 26th, 2017|

I hope you've been having a great summer so far! My little family of four just returned from a trip to my hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and we had a blast. It was a fantastic trip where I had the opportunity to reconnect with friends I hadn't seen in over twenty years. I'm still buzzing [...]

More With Moana – Session Ideas for Attention Goals

2017-07-12T13:35:06+00:00July 12th, 2017|

Did you have a chance to try out any of the Moana-themed session ideas I shared in last week's blog post? If not, check out the post to see how you can use rainbow bells and the song "How Far I'll Go" to address attention goals. As I was brainstorming more ways to use "How [...]

Making the Most of Moana – Session Ideas for Attention Goals

2017-07-02T14:53:56+00:00July 2nd, 2017|

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 [...]

The Second-Most Versatile Instrument In My Bag

2017-05-25T14:11:25+00:00May 24th, 2017|

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 [...]

Can’t Stop the Feeling

2017-05-17T15:51:08+00:00May 17th, 2017|

  Don't you just love "Can't Stop the Feeling?" by Justin Timberlake. It is so darn catchy and instantly puts me in a good mood when I hear it. I used the song in my sessions yesterday and it was a huge hit. The clients (children in grades K-5) loved it AND it was incredibly effective in [...]

Enliven Your Instrument Activities With This Technique

2017-04-05T18:04:00+00:00April 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

This Tip Has Saved Me Hours in Session Planning

2017-03-29T15:01:36+00:00March 29th, 2017|

Session planning is one of my favorite things about being a music therapist. I love the process. We start out with a client need and corresponding goal. Then we use our creativity to see how we can address that goal musically. I love everything that goes into that process - writing original songs for my younger clients, [...]

A Frosty Musical Mad Lib

2020-01-14T19:27:43+00:00February 1st, 2017|

A few weeks ago, I shared a musical experience I created called The Noun Rap. I designed it for the 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students I work with at Children's Resources Educational Center. I figured, hey, if they have to learn about nouns, why not at least make it cool? (You can listen to [...]

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