Expanding Your Rhythm Band On A Budget: Holiday Version

Raise your hand if you are still working on your holiday shopping!


Raise your hand if you didn’t buy ANY holiday gifts before last week!


Yes, that is right. I am a very slack holiday shopper.

In honor of all of the other slack holiday shoppers out there (or perhaps you are just looking to fill out around […]

By |December 13th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Music Therapy or Lessons

The cat is out of the bag: I teach lessons in addition to my work as a music therapist.

Currently, I teach piano and guitar to a variety of students who amaze me each and every week, but I also hope to add voice to the mix when the interest arises (especially since it is my […]

By |October 4th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Words Are Scary

Words don’t cut it.

As someone who writes a good bit, it takes a lot of guts for me to say it, but it’s the truth: Words don’t cut it.

This is one of the reasons that I am a music therapist, as opposed to a more traditional counselor.

Words aren’t good enough: Some people don’t have words. […]

By |September 27th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Yourself: The Person you Forgot to Care For

I work with a lot of amazing people. Parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and (last but not least) administrators. They all lead stressful lives, organizing care and support for their loved ones, but who gives them support?

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting a father who (with his family) cares […]

By |September 8th, 2011|Blog|3 Comments

What is in your Back Up Bin?

All too often, things do not go our way.

I am writing this on Wednesday, and I just sat down at my computer to edit the video on Rhythm Sticks that was due to go out today (Thursday. I booted up my laptop, opened Camtasia, imported the video file, clicked play, and discovered I was blue.

Think […]

By |July 28th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Easy Tips for Using Music at Home- Xylophone

Welcome to the third video in my easy tips series! I hope you have been enjoying the series and have tried using some of my tips at home. Don’t hesitate to leave your comments below!

Today, I’m styling on the xylophone and showing you my top secret method for making sure that every note you or […]

By |July 25th, 2011|Blog|3 Comments

Summer Scheduling Made Smooth

Since school finished for the year, the most common worry I’ve heard from families that I work with, as well as those that I don’t , is scheduling. School provides a great deal of structure, but what happens when that is suddenly gone for two-three months in the middle of the year?

Camps: This isn’t a […]

By |July 5th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

3 Ways to Get Your Own Dose of Music Therapy

When I used to work in a hospital, I got to hear all kind of “how to take this pill” abbreviations. I hear “p.o.” which means orally, “i.m.” for a shot in the muscle, “b.i.d.” is twice a day, and “t.i.d.” means three times daily.

Remembering hearing these abbreviations got me to thinking “how would one […]

By |June 23rd, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Building a Rhythm Band on a Budget

Music has some pretty awesome super powers. It can get your child to interact, play, smile, move, regulate emotions, and open gateways for communication.

The ability of music to generate these actions in children with autism or other disabilities is part of why it is so effective! While I would love the ability to live in […]

By |June 20th, 2011|Blog|7 Comments

3 Ready To Go Facts for Finding a Therapy that Fits

Have you ever had a conversation with a therapist or other service provider and sat glassy eyed on the phone or in their presence as they rattled off a standard definition of their profession? Did you find yourself thinking that while the definition they gave was correct, it just didn’t seem to apply to you?

Plenty […]

By |June 13th, 2011|Blog|2 Comments