14
AUG
2018

How Does the Music Therapy Process Work?

All About Music Therapy is a mini-series in which The Groovy Garfoose Music Therapy Services explains the ins and outs of music therapy. In their second episode, “How Does the Music Therapy Treatment Process Work? “, the treatment process is explained from referral to...
18
JUL
2018

All About Music Therapy: What is Music Therapy

In a new mini-series, All About Music Therapy, The Groovy Garfoose Music Therapy Services explains the ins and outs of music therapy. In their first episode, “What is Music Therapy?”, we dive into the American Music Therapy Association’s official definition....
11
JUN
2018

Music Therapy Tips & Tricks: Summer Routines

The Groovy Garfoose presents “Music Therapy Tips & Tricks.” The video blog where Ellen Antes, MT-BC shares music therapy principles and skills for music therapists and beyond. In this video, Ellen shares an adaptable song for making summer transitions and routines...
14
MAY
2018

Music Therapy Tips & Tricks: Mental Health Awareness

The Groovy Garfoose presents “Music Therapy Tips & Tricks.” The video blog where Ellen Antes, MT-BC shares music therapy principles and skills for music therapists and beyond. In this video, Ellen shares how to build an iso-principle playlist for self-care and for...
16
APR
2018

Music Therapy Tips & Tricks: Sensory Stimulation

The Groovy Garfoose presents “Music Therapy Tips & Tricks.” The video blog where Ellen Antes, MT-BC shares music therapy principles and skills for music therapists and beyond. In this video, Ellen shares four instruments she uses with her clients and patients for...
19
MAR
2018

Come Volunteer with GG this Summer!

Calling all music therapy, art therapy, art education and special education college students… GG Summer Camp is BACK!  And we need YOU!  We are so excited to offer our 7th camp Movie Camp: Music, Art, & Dance from Film this Summer 2018! We will offer Movie Camp in...
19
FEB
2018

Music Therapy Tips & Tricks: Transition Songs

The Groovy Garfoose presents “Music Therapy Tips & Tricks.” The video blog where Ellen Antes, MT-BC shares music therapy principles and skills for music therapists, parents and beyond. This first vlog post is about transition songs and their importance in the...
05
FEB
2018

ICE ICE BABY: Winter Music Therapy Interventions

If you’re like me, the “Love songs” for Valentine’s Day sessions are a-plenty. However, after the holiday season, I’m always at a loss for how to continue incorporating “Winter” songs into sessions that are fresh, motivating and addressing my client’s goals. “Let it Snow” wasn’t...
22
JAN
2018

Music Therapy Advocacy Month

January is Social Media Advocacy Month for music therapy! Music therapy bloggers across the country were challenged to find a song that best advocated for the profession of music therapy. The perfect song for The Groovy Garfoose is Feelin’ Groovy by Simon & Garfunkel....
18
DEC
2017

The Groovy Garfoose’s Favorite Moments of 2017

As we reflect on this past year, we wanted to share with you all some of our favorite music therapy moments of 2017: Bri:       To some people, “5 golden rolls” are a fantastic addition to the dinner table, but to me, it’s my favorite Music Therapy moment!...
04
DEC
2017

Holiday Music Therapy Piggyback Songs

Happy Holidays from the Groovy Garfoose! Ellen is sharing some of her favorite holiday piggyback songs to add variety to group or individual sessions!   Goal: Motor movement Directions: Fill in blanks with motor movements appropriate for your group or individual client...
07
NOV
2017

Thanksgiving Music Therapy Sessions

HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR SESSION There two ways in which I structure structure a music therapy session around a Thanksgiving theme. One way is to find all songs that mention thankfulness, turkeys, fall weather, etc. Plan your session around these songs based on your client’s...
24
OCT
2017

Adapted Music & Dance Class UPDATE

We did it! Our first adapted music & dance class, “MOVE & GROOVE,” was a success. Over the course of 7 weeks, 6 teens of all abilities came together to make move & groove culminating in a final performance “Dancing through the Decades” for their friends...
09
OCT
2017

Halloween Music Therapy Interventions

Boo! It’s time for us to share some of our favorite Halloween songs and interventions with all of you. These can all be adapted across population, but keep in mind age-appropriateness, abilities, and preferences of the group! The Addams Family – Use the theme song...
26
SEP
2017

Self-Care Retreat

Earlier this month, Bonnie and Ellen went on a self-care retreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Here’s what we learned! Self-care is caring for your own needs in each moment to help care for your best self. Why is it important for a music therapist to practice self-care?...
11
SEP
2017

Fall Music Therapy Interventions

Happy Fall! As we begin a new season, school is starting, leaves are falling, and I’m ready to share some of my favorite fall-theme intervention ideas with you. Movement interventions are some of my favorite. Music paired with movement primes the brain and body to work together...
17
JUL
2017

Music Therapy Interventions about the “Earth”

This summer, we are leading music therapy & enrichment groups surrounding the theme of “The Elements.” Each week we are sharing interventions & experiences that utilize songs that mention Earth, Wind, Fire, & Water. We just finished a successful first...
12
JUN
2017

Musical Pictionary

Summer is a time for fun and playing lots of games outside with friends and family. I like to bring that fun spirit into my music therapy sessions with a game of musical pictionary. Musical pictionary can be used with a variety of populations and exercises cognitive skills and...
22
MAY
2017

Music Therapy & Cerebral Palsy

Music therapy is a beneficial choice for individuals with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. Music is processed all of the brain and can be be a motivator that transcends regular ability. Have you ever been listening to music and then notice you’re tapping your...
08
MAY
2017

Identifying Emotions with “I Got a Feeling”

I really enjoy piggyback songwriting when helping clients reach their goals. One of my favorites is teaching emotions through the pop song “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. You can play this as a game with feeling flashcards, or just by singing through the...
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