22 Dec · Linda · No Comments

Thank You Game

Last year, we got together with my  husband’s family for Christmas.  All of our children are older, but my nephew had recently married a great woman with a young son, and they had also had a baby together.  On Christmas day, we gathered to open gifts.  The children were so excited.  The first present the …

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13 Dec · Linda · No Comments

Holiday Activities

December is full of holidays that we can build music therapy interventions around.  Since I mainly work in school settings, I design activities using secular songs and cultural aspects associated with each holiday.  This is also important because it doesn’t exclude clients who don’t celebrate specific holidays. The Rockin’ Dreidel Song by Sha Na Na   Goals: Social …

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24 Oct · Linda · No Comments

Fun with Tambourines

Tambourines are great instruments because they give instant feedback and are easy to use. This Fall, I taped different pictures of items we see during the season to the front of each tambourine. I used a fantastic new tape I found at our local teacher’s store, The Chalkboard, called Mavalus tape. It has awesome holding …

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2 Aug · Linda · 2 Comments

Time to Adapt: Being Flexible During Music Therapy Sessions

The saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men often gone awry”, probably wasn’t written about music therapists or our session plans…but it might as well have been. I have found that flexibility during sessions is as important a quality for music therapists as good musicianship and therapeutic skills. Take for example, one of …

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12 Jul · Linda · No Comments

Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!

It’s summer and insects abound!  We have been inundated with flies this year, so what better way to deal with them than with a song!  Ok….that sounds ridiculous, but there’s a method behind my madness. I originally got this idea from music therapist, Kerry Cornelius’, blog post about Cinco de Mayo.  After taping cute pictures of …

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