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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25 Jan · Linda · No Comments

Snowball Fight!

Here in the Chicago area, we have had a cold and snowy winter!  Needless to say, we’ve been exploring aspects of winter in our music therapy sessions.  Over the holidays, I found Snowtime Anytime indoor snowballs at Hallmark. I thought they would fit in perfectly with our winter theme and encourage social interaction amongst the …

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29 Oct · Linda · No Comments

Halloween Fun

Halloween is such a fun time of year.  This year I found a tarantula puppet that was so scary; I left on the price tag just in case it was too much for the kids.  Boy was I wrong!  (Except for one staff member who ran out of the room when she saw it!) One …

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31 Aug · Linda · No Comments

First Week of School

The first week of school has come to a close and we are off to a great start in music therapy!  Many of my students are in new schools or have new classmates; therefore, it was important to encourage social interactions.  In order to learn each other’s names and improve awareness of others, we played …

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