The Little Drummer Boy as Intervention

Time for the holidays! I love doing Christmas songs, and so do the clients! Here's one intervention I enjoy doing every year. Hand out shape drums and sticks to each client. I like to have some of the same shapes and colors, if the group is big enough. Sing "Little Drummer Boy" with improvised words, [...]

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How to Practice a Phoneme Over 100 Times in One Holiday Song

I was working with a speech therapist the other day and she wanted our client to work on the /j/ phoneme, and what better way to get our client to practice the phoneme multiple times than in the context of a song. Being that it is the holiday season I immediately thought of "The 12 [...]

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Fresh Thanksgiving Interventions

As soon as November comes around, people seem to be already planning for Christmas, but what about Thanksgiving? I have always struggled to think of Thanksgiving interventions, so last year and this year I took some time to research and be creative. Here is a list of Thanksgiving interventions I like to use: Food Glorious [...]

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Excitement for Changing Seasons!

I just love fall. The brightly colored trees, the crisp morning air, the crunch the leaves on the ground make under my feet. I find myself appreciating these "little things" even more as I get older. And that's not to mention football, fall parties, apple cider, hayrides and Thanksgiving! I love fall. So as a music [...]

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Partner Scarves

Out of all the movement props I use, scarves make a frequent appearance in my "music therapist bag of tricks." There are just so many things you can do with them! One intervention I love, in particular, is something I call Partner Scarves. I typically use this intervention with my DD groups as well as [...]

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I Love My Job!

Sometimes it is easy to take for granted what a rewarding job I have. I share music with people 5 days a week! However, I am doing more than sharing music. Music brings about smiles, laughter, stories, tears and shared experiences. And these experiences are what drive me to continue and are what keeps this [...]

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Intervention Sharing: Instrument Parade!

October is a fun time of year. The leaves are turning, pumpkins and apples are involved in almost every food and drink, and high schools and colleges are celebrating Homecoming. With Homecoming comes a lot of festivities, and one of the festivities my clients look forward to is the parade. We discussed all the things we [...]

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The Addition of Technology

Within the world of music therapy tablets have been recognized by some as a therapist’s best friend, and yet other professionals question the appropriate application of this technology to add to rather than detract from sessions. While no session and setting is the same, this is a short sharing about an opportunity for musical engagement and [...]

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Songs of Summer

Summer has been upon us here in Iowa (along with the humidity and sunshine), but today officially marks the Summer Solstice. Typically, I’d be gearing up for whatever summer job I was fortunate to snag but this summer I am working as a board-certified music therapist for the first time. As much as I’ll miss [...]

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Simple Gifts

As a music therapist I am blessed with the opportunity use what I love (music) to help others in a multitude of ways. The individuals that I work with each day are an inspiration. It is a gift to spend time with these individuals and to share experiences through music together. Sometimes it is easy to get [...]

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