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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16 Feb · Linda · 4 Comments

iPad App: Cause and Effect Sensory Light Box

Ok, this winter has been a doozy!!  We’ve had weeks of cloudiness, snow and freezing temperatures.  It’s hard for anyone not to be affected and get the winter blues. For my students, this has meant irregular schedules due to snow or “cold” days,  indoor recesses and what appears to be a growing sense of frustration …

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2 Feb · Linda · 3 Comments

Rainbow Wrist Streamers

Never underestimate the power of wrist streamers!  At the beginning of the school year, I purchased rainbow streamers on wrist scrunchies from Bear Paw Creek, LLC. They work wonderfully with individuals of all ability levels because of their design.  Since they are elasticized, they will stay put on wrists and ankles, and also permit more …

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