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 supports cannot be paid for by Waivers. The purpose of this program is to help families access money for services or equipment ahead of time, without worry or burden.

The Family Engagement Program is eligible you are:

  • A child or young adult age 0-22
  • Living at home with parent or guarding
  • Not receiving waiver funding

To access this program, simply contact your Summit DD SSA, Referral & Support Specialist, or Developmental Specialist, and they will walk you through the process. Need your SSA’s contact info? Check out our How to Contact Your SSA blog at SummitDD.org.

We are so excited for the Family Engagement Program of Summit County, because the funding can be used to fund music therapy services and our summer camp. As Holly Brugh, the Director of Service & Support Administration and Children’s Services, says “The more children and young adults with disabilities engage in their communities, the more relationships they develop, and ultimately – the better our communities become.”

In addition to the Family Engagement Program of Summit County, The Groovy Garfoose accepts 3rd party funding from:

  • Family Resource Services of Lake County
  • Electronic Classrooms of Tomorrow
  • Autism Scholarship Program
  • The SELF Waiver
  • Akron Children’s Hospital Palliative Care

Coming July 2017: The Jon Peterson Scholarship

Please contact Bonnie@groovygarfoose.com with any questions about funding sources and have a groovy week!

Ellen & Bonnie

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 well for all ages for people with limited mobility or as a sensory break both in groups and individuals.

The Temptations’ hit My Girl is the perfect song for some piggyback songwriting. Instead of singing “my girl, my girl, my girl” fill in the blanks with things you love. This helps with communication, cognitive, and creative skills.

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day

When it’s cold outside,

I’ve got the month of May

I guess you’d say

What can make me feel this way?

___________________________

___________________________

___________________________

Talking ‘bout

___________________________

___________________________

 

I hope these ideas have helped and you use them or make them your own to have a very musical Valentine’s Day!

Ellen

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 Lake County Area Rainbow Camp will run M-F June 19-23 rom 4-6pm at 435 SOM Center Road in Mayfield, OH. And our Summit County Area Rainbow Camp will run M-F June 26-30, 2017 from 4-6pm at 8575 S. Freeway drive in Macedonia, OH.

To ensure camp is our best camp yet, The Groovy Garfoose is seeking student volunteers with relevant education experience eager to gain experience working with teens and adults 15 and up of all abilities. Students will have opportunities to support and encourage camper participation (i.e., staying on task, passing out instruments, providing hand-over-hand assistance , socialization) in addition to observing two board-certified music therapists in action (Ellen Antes, MT-BC & Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC). Camp is only as successful as the people that run it, and we hope you will consider helping us make it AWESOME! Here’s what that entails…

As in Summers past, we are anticipating 10-20 campers per camp.  Each day of camp will start as a group.  During this social time, we will learn our theme song and introduce the color theme for that day.  Then we will divide campers into three small groups.  Each group will rotate through 30 minutes of creative arts experiences (Dance, Art, Music).  The end of each camp will conclude with a group experience wrapping up the theme of the day.  Volunteers will spend the entire week supporting one group of campers through each arts experience for consistency.

We are looking for energetic students willing to jump in and learn even if you are new to our camp or special needs in general.  We ask that volunteers arrange their own transportation to and from camp and that you be willing and able to commit to the entire week of camp to provide consistent support and familiarity to campers.  Interested but still have more questions?  Please contact Ellen Antes, MT-BC at ellen@groovygarfoose.com for more information.

To sign up to volunteer at The Groovy Garfoose RainbowCamp, please email Ellen@groovygarfoose.com with the following information:

Your Name:

Address:

Cell Phone:

Preferred Email Address:

T-Shirt Size:

Previous Clinical Experience:

 
Which Camp(s) You Would Like To Volunteer:
Thank you and we hope you can join us this Summer!
Miss Ellen
Ellen and I are SO excited to announce the return of Summer Camp at The Groovy Garfoose!  After taking last Summer off, we are thrilled to share that we are offering not one but TWO camps in TWO different counties to better serve our growing client base in Lake County and Summit County, Ohio.

If you are new to The Groovy Garfoose Summer Camps, each are designed for teens and adults with special needs ages 15 and up to express, engage and feel empowered through intentional music, art and dance experiences. The beauty of the arts being there is no wrong note, no wrong color and no wrong step in creating something as unique as each of the campers we are privileged to serve. This Summer 2017 we are proud to offer:

Our Lake County Rainbow Camp will be held June 19-23, 2017 from 4-6pm daily at 435 SOM Center Rd. Mayfield, Ohio and will be lead by Ellen Antes and Bonnie Hayhurst. And our Summit County Rainbow Camp will be held June 26-30, 2017 from 4-6pm daily at 8575 S. Freeway Dr Macedonia, Ohio and Ellen and I will lead this one, too.

Each day of camp will begin with 15 minutes learning our theme song and the color(s) of the day.  Next, campers will break into three small groups and rotate through 30 minutes each of music, art and dance experiences led by Ellen and Bonnie and some amazing college art students from Kent State. The end of the day will wrap with an immersive music, art and dance review.
Registration is now open and will be capped at 20 campers per camp.  Camps fill up fast so secure your spot today by clicking the register button below!

Since we offered our first creative arts Summer camp back in 2011, our fans, families, friends (and even a celebrity or two!) have helped us raise over $6000 to cover all of our camp expenses and keep the out of pocket costs to camper families low for 5 straight Summers.  And with your help, we hope to do it again in 2017, too!  This year we are setting a goal to raise $2000 for Rainbow Camp (that’s $1k per camp) by June 1, 2017.  When you donate to Rainbow Camp, you will receive an exclusive video thank you message from campers the week after camp via email.  AND you will be entered to win one of 5 Groovy Garfoose SWAG prizes!  5 Winners will be drawn at random on Thursday, June 1, 2017 via our GG Facebook Page!  To donate, click the donate button below and you will be directed to PayPal to support GG Summer camp.  You can also support our fundraising efforts by sharing our donate page on Facebook and Twitter.  Bring on SUMMER!




 


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 listen…

Now we’re asking for your help.

Are you a music therapist?

Are you a parent or family member of an individual receiving music therapy services?

Are you a program director contracting with a music therapist?

Are you an individual receiving music therapy services?

Keep reading to learn how to advocate for music therapy!

Music Therapist

You already know how powerful music therapy is – you’ve chose it as your career. But how can you communicate that with others? By giving specific and intentional examples of how music therapy can address goals for communication, mobility, self-esteem, and memory recall. Give concise and focused responses, and keep your audience in mind.

Parent or Family Member

Are you witness to the positive effects of music therapy with your loved one? Tell someone about it! Emailing a boss, a funding agency, a program director, or even your state representative about a specific experience your family member had in music therapy. You could help ensure that the program or funding continues, and others will receive services, too!

Program Director

You can advocate for music therapy with administrators because music therapy is a powerful marketing tool. Music therapy has the potential to increase healing time, shorten hospitalizations, help individuals reach goals faster, and provide unique services to your facility that others may not offer.

Client

If you are receiving music therapy, you can advocate by letting anyone you know how music therapy has positively influenced your life. If music therapy has made you feel more confident, then tell someone. ANYONE. Be proud of how music therapy has shaped your life, and maybe your story will inspire someone else to seek music therapy services, too.

Good luck advocating this month. Remember, advocating is more than just convincing, but sharing the power of what you believe in!

Miss Ellen

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 stands for a component of the goal. Let’s walk through one of my new year’s resolutions – improving my piano playing –  and see what makes it S.M.A.R.T.

Ellen will practice scales, songs, and sightreading 3 times a week for 30 minutes for 3 months. 

What makes this goal specific? Instead of saying, Ellen will practice piano, I listed definitive aspects of piano skills I want to improve on to ensure my practice is focused.

What makes this goal measurable? I made plans for how long and how frequently I want to practice. I could even make a practice sheet and set a timer to hold myself accountable.

What makes this goal attainable? This goal is realistic. Ellen will practice…2 hours a day 6 days a week is not a practical goal for my life. Making a goal too lofty can be discouraging, starting small and working your way up can sometimes be motivating!

What makes this goal relevant? I am a music therapist and improving my piano skills will help me achieve more musicality with my clients in their sessions.

What makes this goal time-specific? There is an end-date in sight! After 3 months, I will re-evaluate my progress and set a new goal more appropriate to my current skill level.

Happy New Year from the Groovy Garfoose! And all the best setting your S.M.A.R.T resolutions.

Miss Ellen

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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 favorite recorded version (or sing a live version!) of this winter classic to help with motor movement, and receptive communication skills. Give everyone who participates a turn to choose how to move the snow!

Let it Snow 

Instrument Playing

Try singing these lyrics with the familiar winter tune:

Oh the weather outside is frightful

But the music we play is delightful

And since making music is fun

Play the Drum, Play the Drum, Play the Drum

You can change the last lyric of the song to any instrument you like! This activity helps with motor movement and two-step directions.

Let it Snow

Songwriting

Rewrite this song to allow for self-expression, environmental awareness, and learn about another friend or family member!

Oh the ______________ outside is _____________

(something outside)                     (adjective)

And the_______________ is so ________________

(something inside)                      (adjective)

And since we’ve no place to ___________

(verb)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Enjoy these activities this winter for some snowy fun!

Miss Ellen
P.S. Here’s my favorite recording of “Let it Snow” by Michael Buble!

6-lessons

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…

  1. Hydrate

Duh. I did not realize the importance of hydrating until I had to sing for 7 straight hours a day. Your voice is one of your most precious instruments because it cannot be replaced!

A sip before your session is not enough. Start your day, experience your day, and end your day with water!

  1. You are a human. You are working with humans. Why expect perfection?

Bad sessions exist. I will have one when I am 23 years old, 33 years old, 43, 53, etc. Working with people (as opposed to a computer, or other technology) means that they will make mistakes, have bad days, and be downright difficult. Does that make them any less valuable as a client? If you answered no, then you’re right! Expecting perfection hurts my clients and me. I have learned to enter my sessions with the mantra of “how can I use my knowledge and expertise to create an environment for success?”

  1. It’s okay to admit when something is too much.

Boundaries and limits are a good thing. There have been times in the past six months when I could have ended a session, when I could have not persevered, not held back tears for 30 minutes, because of one incident or another. I won’t go into too much detail, but setting boundaries allows you to take care of yourself, not only in the music therapy environment, but also as a friend, a partner, and a person. 

  1. You have more clinical judgment than you think you do. There is no one right answer.

When I walked into my first solo music therapy session as an “MT-BC”, I thought “Wait, do I know anything about music? Or therapy?”

“What’s a piano? What’s autism? Where’s my supervisor? Do people seriously trust me, a fresh 23-year-old music therapist, to provide services to their children?” Trusting in yourself opens the door to have others trust you. Relying on my training, my boss’s faith in me, and my intuition has guided me to many meaningful therapeutic moments. I’m not going to have all the answers at 24, but why would I want to? I am making valuable decisions with my clients and learning every day.

  1. Self-care is not a luxury. 

It’s actually necessary. Taking time to unwind, disconnect, and NOT think about work is actually essential to your well being as a therapist and as a human. As a student, I worked under the assumption that self-care was something I did if I was selfish or had the time between homework assignments. Make yourself a cup of tea. Sit in silence for 5 minutes. Binge watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Cook yourself a delicious meal. Schedule an appointment with a mental health counselor. Self-care has many forms because we are all unique selves. Making it part of your work routine is will make you a better therapist and help you better serve clients.

  1. I am lucky to do something that I love.

And for people in their early 20s, that’s not always the case.

It’s amazing how many people I know who are working in a less than ideal situation. Who have chosen a career based on something other than their passion.  It’s something I was ignorant to, but has allowed me to love my job even more.

I may not know a lot, and I may not be the best music therapist in the world, but I am learning.

I am growing.

I am doing something I love.

I am helping others.

Cherish the experience, no matter how challenging the day may be. Because at the end of it, I am using music to help people reach their fullest potential, and that is pretty special.

 

 

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It’s hard to believe that A Midsummer Night’s Dream Camp is two weeks from today!  We are SO excited to welcome 18 campers, 7 volunteers and 3 staff for our 5th Summer running. :) We couldn’t have done this without the financial support of our GG Ambassador and so many wonderful donors!

We Did It

And YES!  Kellie, Amanda and I are gearing up to #runforcamp at the Johnnycake Jog on Sunday, July 12, 2015 in appreciation of all our supporters.  We can’t promise record speeds, but we can promise plenty of Garfoosey selfies on the Groovy Garfoose FB Page the day of the race and the week of camp.

Until then, keep it Groovy!

bonnie

 

 

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YOU GUYS!  I’m so excited to share that we have raised $1,000 for camp already!  And we have our amazing GG Ambassador, James Denton to thank. Again.  Yep, James Denton, aka Mike the Plumber from the hit TV show Desperate Housewives has donated to our camp for a second time.  My husband had the privilege of meeting Mr. Denton last year when they both happened to be in Toronto for work.  Dirk would be the first person to tell you (and I’d be a close second!) that Mr. Denton is as kind and down to earth as he is generous.  From all of us at the GG, thank you, Mr. Denton!  Oh, and be sure to tune your TV to the Hallmark channel beginning February 28th to check out Mr. Denton in Good Witch. Looks like it will be a fun, family friendly series!

Amanda, Kellie and I are feeling EXTRA motivated to #runforcamp this Summer at the 5 Mile Johnnycake Jog Sunday July 12 and we would be honored to have your support!  To support our camp, click the donate button below to be directed to PayPal.  You can also share our #runforcamp fundraiser on Facebook and Twitter.  Only $500 to go!




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For the 5th Summer running The Groovy Garfoose is proud to offer a week long creative arts camp experience for teens and adults of all abilities!  A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Music, Art & Dance Camp will run July 13 – July 17, 2015 from 4:00-6:30pm each day.  Amanda, Kellie and I are already hard at work planning music, art and dance experiences centered around the five elements (earth, air, water, fire & sky).  We are hoping it will be a ZENTASTIC time for everyone! Check out the flyer below for all the details (click on the flyer to enlarge it):

MSND Camp Flyer

To register for A Midsummer Night’s Dream Camp click the registration button below.  Register by March 20th and you will receive $10 off!

Register Button

For the past 4 Summers we have offered camp at a minimal cost to families thanks to the generous support of GG readers, fans, friends, family (and even a celebrity or two!).

Camp Collage

To celebrate our 5th Summer running (pun intended!) we are pulling out all the stops.  Amanda, Kellie and I will run the Johnnycake 5 Mile Jog on Sunday, July 12, 2015 to raise $1500 for A Midsummer Night’s Dream Camp!  Whether its $1 a mile, $3 a mile, $5 a mile or sharing our fundraising page on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #runforcamp your support is so appreciated! To donate to our camp fundraiser click the donate button below and you will directed to PayPal. Now, off to the gym to start training! :) #runforcamp


To celebrate the first snowfall in Ohio, I rewrote the lyrics to “Frosty the Snowman” today and wanted to share it with all of you!  Almost a year later, my clients are still loving “Let it Go”, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” and, well, anything associated with Disney’s 2013 blockbuster movie, Frozen.  I can’t wait to share this Olaf-inspired take on an old classic with my clients next week!  Click the link below to download your free lead sheet of my “Olaf The Snowman”.

Olaf

Click Here for Olaf The Snowman Lyrics & Chords

Here’s hoping this Winter is short and sweet so we can get to enjoying Summer like Olaf did at the end of Frozen real soon!

I can’t help but smile when I look at all those happy faces from our Lake Metroparks Glee Club last month.  This Spring we explored the theme of happiness singing songs like Pharrell’s “Happy” and American Authors “Best Day of My Life”.  And yes, we even wore these Pharrell inspired hats during our final performance for friends and family.  I dare you not to smile when you watch our Glee Club video below!

Speaking of happy, I’m thrilled to announce that thanks to the support of our generous fans and supporters we were able to raise over $1000 for our Decades camp this Summer!  Your dollars will make it possible for 2 families in need to attend camp for FREE and will cut the tuition to all our campers in half.  On behalf of myself, Amanda, Kellie and my amazing husband, we thank you!  We can’t wait to share the happiness of Decades Camp with you here on the blog July 7-11, so stay tuned!  AND if you haven’t registered for camp yet, please get in touch with me here to secure your spot.

Oh, and what would a happiness post be without a giveaway, right?!  If you’ve been following the GG twitter feed, then you know that our developer friends over at the SongSheet App have just released SongSheet 2.0 and it’s something to get happy about!  The new version has a streamlined user interface that makes reading, editing, importing and even printing your lyrics and lead sheets a breeze from your iOS device.  You can read more about this awesome app in my full app review here.  So, would you like to get your hands on this awesome app for FREE today?!  Be one of the first 5 people to share what makes YOU happy in the comments of this post and I’ll send you a code for a FREE download of the app courtesy of our friends at SongSheet!

Happy May from the GG!

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Happy March!  We are so excited it’s ALMOST Spring here in Northeast Ohio, so let’s talk about Summer in the hopes it will warm things up around here a little faster, okay?! =)

Here at GG we are thrilled to announce our 2014 Summer Camp, “THE DECADES: Music Art and Dance Camp for teens and adults with special needs“!  Amanda, Kellie and I can’t wait to work with campers July 7-11, 2014 from 3:30-5:30pm daily.  Campers should get excited to:

Decades Write-Up(Click HERE for full flyer)

Interested camper families can register by phone at 440-252-2822 or online below:




We are SO excited to offer THE DECADES camp this Summer and we hope to offer it tuition FREE with donations from readers like YOU as we have done the previous two Summers with our Give Your Regards To Broadway Camp and our Under The Sea Camp.  This year, our goal is to raise $1,500 by May 1, 2014.  Your financial support will not only help defer costs for families that have teens or adults with special needs but it will ensure that any family of a child with special needs can access our camp.  We think it’s a worthy cause and we hope you will too.  Donations can be made by selecting the donate button below.  Thank you!  Oh and PS! We appreciate ALL kinds of support, so even if you can’t donate, we hope you will share our cause on Facebook and Twitter!




Oh, and PSS!  The one and only Garfoose himself (aka: my amazing husband!) is raising money for the GG Summer camp too by selling autograph copies of his new book “Bigger Than the Game” and maybe even a signed ball or two on eBay if your looking for other ways to support our cause and get your hands on some autographed stuff! =)

Technology has been a HUGE part of my journey as a music therapist.  Each week I will share a video, resource, tutorial, app review or technology tip that I have found useful in keeping my music therapy practice and my business in tip-top technology shape! Stay in the technology loop by subscribing to GG here.

Social media doodles elementsSocial Media.  A way in which we connect, network, market and communicate online.  With so many social media platforms to choose from, it can become overwhelming to choose which options fit your business best, let alone manage each platform.  As a business owner, I tend to rely primarily on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.  For those profiles, I have found some great online resources to keep those platforms looking awesome, personal and, well, groovy. ;-)

The first resource I would like to share is The Ultimate Social Media Image Cheat Sheet. This post from The Financial Brand (a website for financial marketing) contains the pixel dimensions for cover photos, profile photos, tabs, headers, backgrounds and banners for FB, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube all in one place. Bookmark anyone?! Yes, please!

The second resource is one that I recently discovered when I was searching for an easy way to create a logo without having to learn Photoshop or Illustrator (someday, right?!).  Pagemodo is a great social media resource for design tips and tricks.  This post, Design Software Options That Won’t Break Your Small Business Budget highlights a bunch of easy-to-use graphic design software from $0-$49.  In addition to this list, I would definitely encourage you to check out PicMonkey, a fun site for photo and collage editing.

Do you have resources you use to keep your social media profiles looking awesome?  Chime in below in the comments!

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Are you looking for apps for music therapy AND want to receive CMTE credits for your time? Hop on over to Music Therapy Ed and watch the preview video for my new iPad CMTE course in which I review 100’s of apps appropriate for music therapy!  To learn how you can use the iPad to enhance your clients growth and potential in music therapy click here.

Technology has been a HUGE part of my journey as a music therapist.  Each week I will share a video, resource, tutorial, app review or technology tip that I have found useful in keeping my music therapy practice and my business in tip-top technology shape! Stay in the technology loop by subscribing to GG here.

As a traveling music therapist and business owner, I can’t tell you how many times technology has come to my rescue when it comes to documentation and paperwork when I’m on the go.  So today, I want to show you a super easy way to create an electronic signature using  OS X Lion.  Click on the video below to learn this time saving tip:

How to create an electronic signature:

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Are you looking for apps for music therapy AND want to receive CMTE credits for your time? Hop on over to Music Therapy Ed and watch the preview video for my new iPad CMTE course in which I review 100’s of apps appropriate for music therapy!  To learn how you can use the iPad to enhance your client’s growth and potential in music therapy click here.

Technology has been a HUGE part of my journey as a music therapist.  Each week I will share a video, resource, tutorial, app review or technology tip that I have found useful in keeping my music therapy practice and my business in tip-top technology shape! Stay in the technology loop by subscribing to GG here.

Change is good.  So today I want to share my thoughts on Apple’s release of their new operating system, iOS 7.  While some people might be on the fence about the new system, I am really digging the sleek look and all the new features.  Sure, with anything new, it takes some getting use to.  Now that I’ve had a few days to play with it, I want to share what I love about iOS 7 and why these improvements are GREAT for music therapists.  If you are looking for a comprehensive review of all the new bells and whistles of iOS 7, I suggest you take a moment to watch this press release by Apple.  If you’re interested in learning about some of the new features and controls that can support music therapists, read on. :)

1) Airdrop – is a new app accessible from the control center and it allows you to share photos, videos and data wirelessly with other users nearby.   Did you take a photo of a client in a session (with permission, of course!) that you would like to share with a parent?  Do you use a data collection app with your clients that you would like to share with a parent right after the session?  Airdrop makes it a breeze to share!

3) Control Center – is a long awaited feature that allows you to manage the things you use most without having to open your settings.  To access the control center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.  From there you can play music, take photos, access airplane mode and your WIFI settings, and utilize airplay and airdrop.

4) Notification Center – allows you full access to your calendar, reminders, meetings, appointments, the weather and any other in app updates that are important to you.  The great thing about this updated feature is that you can control how much information appears here.

5) Accessibility – Apple has stepped up the accessibility features available in iOS 7 to include controls for persons who are deaf, hearing impaired, visually impaired, physically impaired, learning impaired or those in need of extra support. Oh, and for therapists like us that have the privilege of supporting these folks day in and day out!  AWESOME!

As with any update, there are tips and tricks to optimizing the new system so your iPad or iPhone is running efficiently and effectively.  Below is a little video review of some of the new features I highlighted above with a few tips to keep your iPad in tip top shape!

Optimizing your iPad with iOS 7:

While these are only a few of the updates to iOS, these are the ones that I am most excited about for myself and my clients as I try iOS out this week with clients.  Have you updated to iOS 7 on your iPad?  What has your experience been?

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Are you looking for apps for music therapy AND want to receive CMTE credits for your time? Hop on over to Music Therapy Ed and watch the preview video for my new iPad CMTE course in which I review 100’s of apps appropriate for music therapy!  To learn how you can use the iPad to enhance your client’s growth and potential in music therapy click here.

Technology has been a HUGE part of my journey as a music therapist.  Each week I will share a video, resource, tutorial, app review or technology tip that I have found useful in keeping my music therapy practice and my business in tip-top technology shape! Stay in the technology loop by subscribing to GG here.

As a student in college, one of my favorite modern composers to study in music history was John Cage.  He was a highly creative “mover and shaker” (quiet literally) in contemporary music.  He most famously invented the “prepared piano” in which he would strategically and sometimes randomly place bolts, screws, and other objects in between, beneath and above the strings of the piano to create unique, new sounds.  As a music therapist, I now find John Cage’s work even more fascinating because of the unique ways in which my clients express themselves physically, verbally, emotionally, socially and even musically.  My clients constantly amaze me with creative and new ways to play an instrument to connect with the music, me and others around them.  And now, I can present them with yet another unique app full of sounds and possibilities inspired by John Cage and his prepared piano!  Read on for the full review:

John Cage Piano App PicJohn Cage Piano

Cost: FREE for iPhone & Android, $.99 for iPad

Read the Reviews: iTunes Review

Video Description and Demonstration:

Applications for Music Therapy: Improvisation, music creation, music exploration, self-expression and creativity, choice and control, music listening, letter matching, object matching

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Are you looking for apps for music therapy AND want to receive CMTE credits for your time? Hop on over to Music Therapy Ed and watch the preview video for my new iPad CMTE course in which I review 100’s of apps appropriate for music therapy!  To learn how you can use the iPad to enhance your clients growth and potential in music therapy click here.

Technology has been a HUGE part of my journey as a music therapist.  Each week I will share a video, resource, tutorial, app review or technology tip that I have found useful in keeping my music therapy practice and my business in tip-top technology shape! Stay in the technology loop by subscribing to GG here.

Purple Video IconHave you ever wanted to use a YouTube music video in your individual or group music therapy sessions but don’t have internet access in your session space to use it?  While I don’t use videos in music therapy sessions often, I have found videos helpful to further demonstrate the meaning of a song, teach a social skill or demonstrate a musical element to enhance my client(s) capacity to conceptualize, visualize and master a skill.  This week I’m sharing a SUPER easy way to download and save YouTube videos to your computer so you can burn to a dvd, share to another device (an iPad, maybe?!) or play during a session without having to connect to the internet.  Click on my Vimeo tutorial below to watch this time saving tip. Oh and be sure to give this tutorial a thumps up if you found it helpful!

Have you ever used YouTube videos in your individual or group music therapy sessions?  Have you found adding this piece of technology helpful for your clients?  Please share in the comments!

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Are you looking for apps for music therapy AND want to receive CMTE credits for your time? Hop on over to Music Therapy Ed and watch the preview video for my new iPad CMTE course in which I review 100’s of apps appropriate for music therapy!  To learn how you can use the iPad to enhance your clients growth and potential in music therapy click here.

I’m so excited to announce the MT #Techtips blog series here at GG!  Technology has been a HUGE part of my journey as a music therapist.  Each week I will share a video, resource, tutorial, app review or technology tip that I have found useful in keeping my music therapy practice and my business in tip-top technology shape! Stay in the technology loop by subscribing to GG here.

Happy Face KeyboardWhen I became a music therapist in 2005 (just yesterday, right!?), I made the conscious choice to “go Mac and never look back”.  I knew there would be a huge learning curve and I definitely had to save my pennies (and use my student discount!), but it was well worth the investment of time and hard earned cash given my chosen “occu-passion” as I like to think of it.  Looking back, I don’t know how I would have done without my Mac as a newbie MT-BC not to mention now as a business owner!  I’m certainly not an expert when it comes to all the bells and whistles of Mac, but I have learned a few shortcuts over the years that have saved me time and frustration from cutting/pasting content with ease, finding songs or music files on my computer in seconds and creating visuals and schedules for clients in just a few steps.

So in this week’s MT #techtips post I’m sharing my top 6 keyboard shortcuts for Mac that keep the time I spend on my Mac efficient and effective so I can focus my energy on my clinical and professional work with clients and the community.

Command – Shift – 3  –> Take a picture of your entire screen and save it to your desktop

Command – Shift – 4  –> Select a specific area on your screen and save it to your desktop

Command – space    –>  Opens Spotlight so you can search your Mac for a file, song or document

Command – + or –   –>  Zoom in/out of a webpage (Command – 0 –> sets it back to 100%)

Command – C   –> Copy a selected object or text

Command – V  –> Paste that selected object or text

Do you use keyboard shortcuts on your Mac or Windows computer?  What have you found to be most helpful in saving you time and frustration?  Tell us about in the comments so we can all take action today!

Are you looking for apps for music therapy AND want to receive CMTE credits for your time? Hop on over to Music Therapy Ed and watch the preview video for my new iPad CMTE course in which I review 100’s of apps appropriate for music therapy!  To learn how you can use the iPad to enhance your clients growth and potential in music therapy click here.