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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18 Apr · Linda · No Comments

Make Your Own Egg Shakers

Looking for a project to do this weekend with your children or next week when plastic eggs will be on sale? Easter is a great time to stock up on fillable plastic eggs and make home-made egg shakers!  This is a great activity that works on fine motor skills, following directions, sequencing, creativity, impulse control (because …

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26 Sep · Linda · No Comments

Fun with the Lollipop Drum!

In this session, one of the students had requested drums and I just so happened to have the ever popular, lollipop drums, with me today.  In this video, Sarah is working on motor and attending skills – sustaining play and stopping when cued.  As the song progresses, you can see her entrain to my tempo …

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23 Sep · Linda · 2 Comments

Instrument of the Day – The Qchord

The Qchord is a fun and motivating instrument.  It is easy to use and can be adapted to all ability levels.  This past week we were using it in our groups to work on turn taking and fine motor skills.  Waiting for a turn is especially difficult with a “motivating” instrument like the Qchord, but …

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