Tuesday, January 31, 2012

VALENTINE FREEBIES

Just a Quick hello and how are ya.  I found another valentine resource and wanted to share. This site is mostly Autism centered however I am going to use this site and it's resources for all sorts of clients.  Try the Valentine Bingo game and pair it with songs! That's what I'm about to try today.

http://daily-autism-freebie.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 26, 2012

VALENTINE'S DAY MUSIC THERAPY IDEAS

My Guy by Mary Wells.

   
 My Girl. 

 I could almost just stop right there. I mean need I say more? But in case you need some ideas I would suggest 2. 
 1. For BOTH of these classics, there is a strong hand clap that you can definitely use as a warm up. I'm thinking of adults here....and probably older adults but you know, these are classics and they do stand the test of time so roll with it. Clap as a group. Follow the backup singers and clap side to side or have the group come up with different ways to clap (above head, side to side etc...) You could also use drums to tap the beat as well. 
 2. MOOOOOVEMENT! Move Like the Temptations! The moves aren't that hard and the tempos are pretty slow. I plan on trying to adapts the moves for seated positioning and rock it out just like those suave cats with my seniors. It's a fun way to cover both men and women all in the spirit of valentine's day and beat the winter blues to boot. good luck and thanks for reading.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MT RECERTIFICATION

SOoooooooooooooooooo. Yeah. It's that time again for me. I've ONCE AGAIN taken the slower path on earning my credits for receritfication. This is my second time around and I have to say that I feel a little panicked. Like DUDE! What is taking me so long?! Why do these credits cost so darn much!? Where do I turn? I've done a million Tool Box classes already. WHAT ARE MY OTHER OPTIONS FOR CREDIT? WHO KNOWS THE ANSWERS?! ACK!!!!

k. panic session over....deep breath.

Actually there are a lot of options out there. And I don't even know what they are but I plan to make it my mission to find them and post them at the top of this blog for any desperate MT out there that needs ideas like me.
ALSO...I plan to honestly review the classes I have already taken and give props to the best ones. If you know of any other options, classes, web stuff, presentations, etc please comment. In fact, comment even if you don't. I love comments and no one ever leaves any. boo hoo.

k. desperate comment plea over. sigh.

seriously tho, let's help each other out eh?

HELPFUL HINTS
1. Call or email AMTA. I love asking them for help. They know it all!
2. Check out CBMT. They will direct you to their manual for assistance like they did to me. Go to the recert credit page and  click on re-certification manual and look at PAGES 16 and 24 here.



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

PINTREST FOR THE MUSIC THERAPIST


Hi! So I was taking this first day back into regular life after the holidays to do some internetting and checked in on some of the music therapy blogs I like.  Interestingly enough I found a Pintrest Post from Michelle of Music Therapy Tween.  She has a great write up of how to use it for your MT ideas and links another MT pinner that has a fantastic board for her private practice.  Anyway, I decided to post about it as well because after seeing several MT boards, I was inspired to add my own.

For anyone who is new to Pintrest, let me lay it out flat for ya.

1. It's an online bulletin board
2. You can make countless boards with their own theme
3. You can "pin" almost anything you see anywhere on the internet
4. People see what you've pinned and they "repin" or "like" etc...

So in the past I've mostly pinned...um....well..... TOTAL FRIVOLITY on my boards. Clothes, shoes, fancy drinks, home decor....and I still will ABSOLUTELY do that BUT...I'm happy to be adding a meaningful board with a little more substance. 
Check me out here if you like.