15 Jan · Linda · No Comments

Indestructible Maracas

[fb_button] If you are looking for maracas that seem to be indestructible and sound good, I highly recommend Hohner’s Kids S363 Mini Plastic Maracas. I have used these maracas in my music therapy sessions for almost five years and none of them has ever broken. Durability is high on the list of characteristics I look for when purchasing instruments that …

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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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16 Mar · Linda · No Comments

St. Patrick’s Day Activity

I always have fun planning activities around a St. Patrick’s Day theme!  There’s a large variety of music that can be used….instrumental jigs and reels, vocal standards, music that is fast or slow, etc. In addition, there are rainbows, shamrocks, pots of gold and anything the color green!   Here is a fun intervention I …

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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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