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...
24
APR
2017

Autism Awareness Month: Lift Every Voice & Sing

At the Groovy Garfoose, we are proud of what our all of our clients accomplish in their music therapy sessions. For Autism Awareness Month, we want to share with you a song by one of our clients that encourages and inspires those of all abilities. Composing, practicing,...
10
APR
2017

Spring into Music Therapy

April showers, bring lots of spring-themed music therapy interventions. Check out some of our favorite ways to incorporate a spring theme into music therapy sessions. Create a Thunderstorm  Try creating a thunderstorm indoors using instruments and body percussion to to mimic the...
01
MAR
2017

Summit County Funding Source for Music Therapy

The Summit County Board of DD has created the Family Engagement Program to allow your family to access your community the way you choose. The fund uses local dollars to that Family Support Services funds can be now be used as a match for Waivers. It can be used when services or...
10
FEB
2017

Put a Little Love in Your Music Therapy

Love is in the air! Below are some fun ways to incorporate my favorite love songs into your music therapy practice or a fun activity at home with YOUR loved one. Put on some Nat King Cole and practice motor and academic skills by spelling L-O-V-E with your whole body. This works...
30
JAN
2017

Rainbow Camp is Seeking Vibrant Volunteers

Hello music therapy, special education, art education, art therapy, music education, and creative arts and expressive therapy students! We will be offering Rainbow Camp twice in back-t0-back weeks to better serve our growing client base in Northeast Ohio this Summer 2017! Our...
12
JAN
2017

Social Media Advocacy Month

It’s time to advocate! January is social media advocacy month for music therapy. Bonnie and I are always advocating for music therapy with administrators, parents, program directors, people in line at the grocery store, our families, etc. Basically anyone who will...
30
DEC
2016

2017 Is Going To Be S.M.A.R.T.!

The new year is upon us. A time to reset and make resolutions to become better versions of ourselves. As a music therapist, I write S.M.A.R.T. goals for clients and patients. This creates an environment for accountability and conducive for success within our sessions. Each letter...
12
DEC
2016

Three Ways to use ‘Let it Snow’ to Achieve Goals & Have Fun!

This time of year we hear the same songs again and again. Here are some new and creative ways for music therapists and families to use the same song to achieve different goals. Let it Snow Movement Use a white sheet as your snow and shake it up, down, fast, or slow to either...
02
NOV
2016

The Top 6 Lessons I Learned During My First 6 Months as a Board-Certified Music Therapist

Six months ago, I walked out of an H&R Block testing center with a piece of paper that said “Congratulations. You have passed the Certification Board for Music Therapists Examination.” Here’s what I’ve learned so far… Hydrate Duh. I did not realize the importance of hydrating...