A Boomwhacker Birthday Music Makin Monday!

I’m takin’ it easy this week because it’s my birthday on Wednesday! I usually don’t ask for much. I usually keep myself on the down-low. I usually enjoy a nice, dark Kat-cave for my birthday. But this year I thought I’d try something new.

I’m shouting it out to the world! And I’m asking for a little birthday present from you.

Watch the video for all the details . . .

I’m giving a HUGE THANK YOU to BOOMWHACKERS.COM for supplying us with the partay favors!!! 3 prizes for you!

2 Boomwhacker WhackPacks (Valued at $50 each):


And 1 Drumify DVD (Valued at $35):


Leave a comment by Thursday at midnight. We’ll randomly pick the 3 winners on Friday. Thanks for celebrating with me!

(By the way, the client example I used in the video was just a silly one to get your juices going. If you actually have something to say about your clients, then please make sure to abide by all HIPAA and privacy regulations. But you already knew that!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

UPDATE! Congratulations to Peta Minter, Mary Carter, and Ashley for getting the free stuff!

71 Responses to A Boomwhacker Birthday Music Makin Monday!

  1. Meghan Callaghan April 2, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    The activity you featured in “No hurries, no worries, and no wrong notes” always gets my therapy groups or presentation attendees engaged, smiling, playing music together.

    • Kat Fulton April 2, 2012 at 7:50 am #

      Hey Meghan! Yeah! One for the Money, Two for the Show =) Thank you so much for letting me know!

  2. Anne April 2, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Hi Kat!
    As a new MT, I really appreciate your practical suggestions for interventions. Love the how-to stuff — it helps me with my session planning SO much!

    • Kat Fulton April 2, 2012 at 7:52 am #

      HI Anne~ Awesome – Thanks for letting me know. Yeah, I’m always googling around for practical / ready-to-use ideas, too. I’m glad that those are a good fit for you. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Carolyn Dachinger April 2, 2012 at 7:51 am #


  4. Debi Kret- Melton April 2, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Happy Birthday Kat! I have been following you for about a year now and I have enjoyed all of your videos. You helped me to take the plunge and start my own business, publish my website and my book. That’s pretty measurable to me!

    • Kat Fulton April 2, 2012 at 7:54 am #

      Very cool, Debi! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your website AND book! Woo hoo!!!

  5. K-Rae Shaulis April 2, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    This is so great! I use a bunch of your ideas in my practicum this semester!! Thanks for everything you do! (and happy birthday!)

    • Kat Fulton April 2, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      Hey K-Rae! Awesome to know that you’ve been able to use some stuff in your practicums! Thanks for letting me know and good luck with your studies!!

  6. Rachel April 2, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    KAT! Happy early birthday, dear!!! So, I am using LOTS o’ Kat stuff in my sessions, specifically, the songs you did during the fabulous Boomwhacker party (boom whack attack, my mama don’t wear no socks, etc.)! Love everything you do! Thanks for beings such an inspiring presence in the music therapy field!

    • Kat Fulton April 2, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Awesome Rachel! I first heard the mama song from a camp counselor way back when, and the Boomwhack Attack song came from my friend Dayna, music therapist over at Munchkin Musik! I’m glad I could serve as the sharing vessel for you! =)

  7. Lindsey April 2, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Love the Boomwhacker songs/sheet music, especially… “What I Am”. I used this in my class of non-musical students, and they LOVED it, and learned how to read the notes, how to count the rhythms, and play it well! It was beautiful and such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment for them! Thanks a bunch, and Happy Birthday!

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi LIndsey – PERFECT! I’m so glad you were able to use What I Am. Thanks for contributing to the conversation!

  8. Pragya April 2, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Happy Birthday to you and your mom! Have a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Marian Gaynor April 2, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Hi Cath,
    I love your work and you have inspired me in my music education classes. I have used your Boomwhacker piece “What I Am” by Will.i.a.m. with my 12 year old class group, 60 kids in total. They love it. Half singing, half playing booms; some on drum kit. I plan to add the jam parts after Easter on chimes bars etc. to allow the singers a chance to play an instrument. Everyone involved, and their class teachers love it to see see how much fun and enjoyment it is giving to the kids.
    Many thanks.

  10. Erin April 2, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Happy Birthday!! Unfortunately (or, fortunately) I am not formally documenting. However, I can say that thanks to the lullaby you recently shared, I have some happy moms and babes. And my 3-year-old loves playing with the words! That’s one for speech development, for ya! I should send you a recording- if I can catch her without her knowing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a fabulous birthday week!

  11. Merritt April 2, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Happy 33 Kat. Thank you for reawakening my sense of rhythm. I put this to good use when I work on my UCSD walking program.

  12. JoAnn Jordan April 2, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Kat, – JoAnn here in Hays, KS. I use your Drumify DVD for tones of ideas for my groups in assisted living facilities. While I have a polka loving population I get 100% smiles when we use your Cha cha cha ideas. (Who ever wins this DVD will be so happy!)

    I’ve used some of your boomwhacker ideas in groups. The most successful was “Let Me Be One” which I learned at your Bomwhacker Party.

    Have a great birthday, Kat. May the new year rock out!

    • Kat Fulton April 2, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Awesome JoAnn! And I first got Let me be one from my internship at MusicWorx! Thanks for shouting out the DVD, too my dear =) Great to hear from you, as always! May your April rock out nicely as well!

  13. Kathleen April 2, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Love you KAT! and alllllll of your inspiring videos and blog posts. I have to say, I LOVED my toning class with you! Not only have I used it for myself and expeirenced measurable differences in my poor worn out voice… my students LOVE the exercises as their own vocal warm-ups. Kat Tones for beautiful voices! They love THAT!

    Of course you have also been an inspiration on so many levels! YOURS was the first site I felt so drawn to and wanted to be LIKE… authentic… ALIVE… Loving my peeps… and engaging them. I still have a ways to go, but everytime I get here… I am inspired!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!!! and did you know? its your mom’s DOUBLE birthday this week! She birthed YOU and was born. it’s always a mom’s birthday on her kids day!
    Thanks for your JOY!

    • Kathleen April 2, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      Wanted to ask… why the last copy of Drummify?

      • Kat Fulton April 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

        Hey Kathleen! Thanks for your super sweet comment!!! You’re the best! So, Drumify is off the marketing temporarily for revisions ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gotta keep it up-to-date!

  14. Kathy April 2, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Tuwe Tuwe was my fave song and sparked some intervention ideas for me. More than that, the Online Zen classes, links to other MT sites and motivation/empowerment for online networking has majorly impacted my professional life. Hope there’s a second edition of the DVD in the works (OR I win this one ๐Ÿ™‚ ‘cuz it’s on my wishlist!

  15. Karli April 2, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Happy Birthday, Kat! I’m a music therapist out in Beatrice, NE, and I borrow a lot of the ideas you post on your blog. I’ve had the most success using the chant “Tuwe Tuwe” from your video “A Chant for You.” I have been using the chant with the Vocal Choir I direct for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The song has been great because it’s easy for the members to memorize, and I’ve been able to incorporate drumming and movement to the song to keep the members energized and engaged in the music making. Keep up the good work, and happy birthday to you and your mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Ashley April 2, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Hey Kat! I’m a senior music therapy student and I used your arrangement of “I Gotta Feelin” -Black Eyed Peas at a Juvenile Detention Center last semester. The guys loved being able to play and sing along with the songs that are popular! Thanks for all of the great session ideas! Happy Birthday!!!

  17. Charlie S. April 2, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Hey Kat! I am working on my Masters at Sam Houston State. I love getting your videos because they always inspire me and give me the energy to try new things in sessions or have my students do in supervisions. I love the boomwhacker arrangements such as the Darth Vader Theme. I sometimes take those arrangements and use chimes/ boomwhackers/ guitar and rhythm instruments to create full instrumental arrangements of the pieces. Thanks for all your hard work! Happy Birthday to you and your mother!

  18. Rachel Rilinger April 2, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    yay! Happy BIrthday!! I live in Chicago and definitely use lots of your ideas. I think one of my all time favorites was one you did a while ago called “heart beat drumming.” I use that all the time to dive in about how relaxation can change your energy- both to lift it up, but also to calm down and reflect, I love it. Measurably- I go off my client’s comments in their group notes and their verbal/nonverbal feedback- clients who go from completely anxious, to calm and reflective within minutes. Thanks!

  19. Jan April 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Hurrah for you who have completed another year (and your lucky mom), as they say in Norwegian MT classes. We in Minneapolis, MN have found excitement for the art of
    using Boomwhackers & rhythm in fresh new ways with clients (esp. Senior folks) and keeping positive energy in our work together. We have an NMT study group, and Iregularly share your ideas with the group.
    We could have used that gong…but….hopefully it will be on our next PO.
    Here’s to you and many happy years of music making ahead! Thanks from a fan…Jan

  20. Emily Seymour April 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Kat! I love your videos! You always give me something to smile and think about every Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We watched your video Drumify in class a few years ago. The variety of music you used in the video was inspiring. It really pushed me to think outside the box when considering song choice in session. In fact, Drumify is on MY birthday wish list!

    Happy birthday to you AND your mom! Celebrate!!!

  21. Katie April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Wishing you a blessed birthday and a wonderful year! You have shared so many great ideas and materials. You are a gift! I can only guess that your mother is not only celebrating her birthday and yours but more so you, as a daughter and a gift!

  22. Lindsey Holmes April 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Happy (early) birthday, Kat! I look forward to every Music Makin’ Monday – You share such GREAT ideas and I’m always able to immediately integrate them into my work with adult psychiatric patients here in Columbus, Ohio. Recent favorites include the tambourine trick (super neat!) and the Valentine’s “I Am” affirmation exercise. My patients responded SO well to that, and it’s definitely one that I’ll keep using in the future. Thanks for all the great work you do!

  23. Rachelle Norman April 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi Kat! Happy birthday to you! I know you know that I would with older adults and their caregivers in Kansas City. I’m always grateful for the tips you give for facilitating active music-making with older adults – I can take many of your ideas and run with them to meet the needs of my groups. My favorite is your adaptation of “Peg O My Heart.” Keep up the good work!

  24. Megan Resig April 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Kat! First of all – Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!

    You’re resources that you offer are incredible! I use them, I tell my students to use them, I recommend you to colleagues…etc! I’ve successfully incorporated so many of your resources into my own work that it’s hard to pick just one!

    The one resource that I keep coming back to again and again is your post on 1:1 Drumming with a Child Who Has Special Needs ( You provided some awesome recordings in that post that I started using with some of my kiddos last year. I had one in particular who just fell in love with “I like to play the drum” and it became our go-to warm up song for his music therapy sessions.

    Keep doing all the awesome work you do!

  25. Antoinette Morrison April 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    The biggest help to me was the web site class! I knew nothing at all about computers when I started. For years here where I live, I worked at my kids school as a preschool teacher, that is how everyone knows me as Nick, Mike and Monica’s mom. Not many people here have heard of Music Therapy so there isn’t much support. Having the website allowed me to come back as a Music Therapist with 3 kids, Not Mrs. Morrison who does something with music. I can once again be professional! Thank you and Happy Birthday! Antoinette Morrison

  26. Brianna Larsen April 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm #


    Happy Happy birthday!! You deserve a fantastic day for all that you do.
    I am a student at UND – thanks for the drumming skype session we had, I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
    I am currently working on a project for class and making proposals to hospitals to hire on a music therapist and ALLL of the documents you have under “Business and practice” have been very helpful, especially the “how to market” video.
    Thanks so much for all you do.

  27. Mom April 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    UNBELIEVABLE ! You goof-ball. Happy birthday to my KB. Happy birthday, KB. Happy, happy birthday, Sweetie. โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ U.

    Please just keep doin’ whacher doin’. U R the BOMB.

    Mom (Your mom)

  28. Peta Minter April 3, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Kat Happy 33rd Birthday!! Still a spring chicken.

    I LOVE your Music Making Monday’s – GREAT idea.

    I suppose if I had to choose it would be the boomwhacker video clip “Introducing Black Eye Peas to Boomwhackers”. You make your videos fun and playful which makes it easy to access for all ages. Which is a wonderful learning and teaching tool for teachers.

    Your B.E.P boomwhacker video had inspired me to write and record my own funky version of a boomwhackers song which I have placed the video on my blog.

    Looking forward to the next Rhythm For Good tutorial videos.

  29. Natalie Mullis, MT-BC April 3, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    So quantifying the impact you’ve had on me is hard! You’ve inspired me, motivated me, and been an all around amazing friend!

    When I started more work with older adults, you were an incredible help! I hadn’t been in that population for a while, and every resource, tool, and activity you posted either sparked my memory or was incredibly successful.

    The main thing I want to share is about my cabasa around the holidays. I had JUST bought it, hadn’t even unwrapped it, and you posted your holiday tips! I had just started a new contract as well, so I said, Let’s do it!

    I had a gentleman who is both blind and mostly deaf, so I was singing myself hoarse to get him to hear, so I brought in my cabasa one day and did We Three Kings with hand over hand assistance on the cabasa. This fellow, whom most of the staff referred to as a lost cause, began singing his heart out, guided by the rhythm, and what bits of my voice he could hear. Ever since, each time I visit, he is loud and proud, singing a variety of songs each session.

    Happy Birthday to the best internet girlfriend ever!!

  30. Bernadette Skodack April 3, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    From one Paladin to another, Happy Birthday!!!!

    Looking forward to the release of the updated Drumify…I’m starting to do more with drums and drum circles and will definitely use any ideas from the DVD! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Janet Stephens April 3, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Happy Happy Birthday! South Greenfield, MO You have been a huge inspiration with your internet class. I greatly appreciate your personal touch and social connection you exemplify. You rock!

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks Janet – You’re an equal inspiration right back. I can’t believe I met you online! Super cool.

  32. Erin April 3, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Unfortunately, no measurable, documented interventions.. but I did use your “I’ve got a feeling” boomwhacker score with my non verbal communication class (taught by Dr. Darrow!) and everyone loved it! I also made sure to give you lots of props and told my class to visit your website!

    I also spent quite a bit of time reading through your music with older adults articles when I started my job at an assisted living community, as well as posted them through twitter and facebook on the company social networks. I love that you can search by population on your websites!

    One day, I’ll get around to starting my own private practice, and you can be sure I’ll be taking Online Zen!

    Happy Birthday to you and your Mom! May this year be filled with love, good health, wealth, happiness, and merry music makin’!

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Hey Erin! Thanks for using the arrangement for your class – You’ll have to give Dr. Darrow a high-five for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for keeping up with all the Rhythm For Good projects over here, too. Best wishes for success in your career!

  33. Lindsey Oliver April 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Happy Birthday!!! I love using your drumify DVD for great music making ideas and visit your website quite often! Happy birthday and happy music making!

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      Hey Lindsey! Excellent! Thanks for using the DVD!

  34. Meryl Brown April 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Happy Birthday Kat! I hope you have a fabulous day! Of course, you know that online zen has been an unbelievable blessing for me. The traffic to my blog has increased 100% (no, I’m not kidding!) since fixing up my site and doing things right.

    Thanks for being an inspiration for us all!

    PS. I’m from Bloomington ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Eeeee! Meryl – That’s so exciting. I’m well aware of your re-positioning, and congratulations on your WEB-olution!

  35. Kelly Tyrrell April 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Happy birthday, Kat!! I hope your day is wonderful!

    I wanted to thank you for all the great resources you offer all of us…it’s super helpful and so fun to watch and learn!

    I really appreciated the lullaby book suggestion with lullabies from different countries. I work with kids in hospice and was really struggling to find appropriate songs for the little ones who’s families don’t speak English. We had a Spanish-speaking only family recently whose 2 year old daughter had cancer. When I began singing in Spanish, the mom was actually able to sing along with me. She began to cry as she rocked and comforted her little girl. It was such a beautiful moment and it would not have happened if I had been limited only to English.

    Also, your boomwhacker suggestions and examples have significantly helped one somewhat challenging patient I have. Her attention to task, turn taking, and prompt following have all increased in frequency by at least 25%! and with 1-4 fewer prompts!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday!

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:40 am #

      Hi Kelly – That’s a powerful story you shared. Thank you so much for sharing and letting us into your world.

      AND thanks for sharing the great results you’ve gotten with your patient! Fantastic result. Keep up your great documentation!

  36. Megan April 4, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I LOVE your boomwhacker pieces! I want to use them with my high school choir and add singing to them. Are your pieces all original arrangements? I would love a wing-dinger for the Spring concert, but am not sure which to do. Thank you also for being so positive! I appreciate your website and YOU! Happy Birthday. I’m so happy to have come across your site when I was searching online for Boomwhacker songs to use with my elementary and high school students!…

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Hey Megan! The pieces are actually arrangements of pop songs – pre-written. Thanks for checking out the site!

  37. Shawna April 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Hey Kat!!! As you already know, big fan of you (and so glad we got to meet almost 2 years ago now!). When you sent me that I Gotta Feeling boomwhacker arrangement, I hadn’t been able to use it until this past year! I used it with my higher-functioning kids with Autism in a group setting (in Brooklyn), and they were all able to follow directions when prompted to make the chorus of the song! So exciting, plus they sang along ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again for that, for being you, and have a fabulous birthday chillaxin!

    Love from the east coast,
    Shawna ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:29 am #

      Yessssss Shawna! I’m so glad for our connection in NYC. Thanks for sharing your experience with BEP arrangement. Super cool that you were able to use it with your autism group!

  38. Holly Gundolfi April 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Happy Birthday Kat! I am a freelance instructor in CT. I enjoy watching all your ideas. They serve an mini-inspiration doses. The way you deliberately speak as you put the rhythm in your feet, the tambourine technique, always a little gem in every video. Thanks! For the recent holiday of St. Patricks Day you featured irish penny whistle. I thought I should dust mine off and went to youtube for additional inspiration. I Learned a song which I added to my St. Patrick’s repertoire. You are right that the pitch can heard through a drum circle. I brought this to a daycare, Literacy program, Library program and it worked everywhere.

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Awesome! I’m so happy you picked up that ol’ Irish whistle! Super cool, Holly. Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

  39. John April 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Hey Kat! First off Happy Birthday!! I enjoyed your presentation you did on skype for my class on Tuesday. I took the idea of expressing emotions through instruments in my practicum. It worked out really well and got the patients to really open up.

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      Excellent! I’m so happy you were able to utilize those ideas for your session, John.

  40. Dana Bolton April 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Your Online Zen class helped us take our website from a boring and static page, to a fun, vibrant page that truly reflects our business. Our business is growing so much, and many of them come to us through our website! In the same week recently, we got invited to go on a trip of music delegates to China and a request for an interview for a documentary, all from people who found us on the web. Looking forward to digging more into your site and finding other fun things to use!

    Love you!

    Dana in Murfreesboro, TN

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      CHINA?!?! Seriously? Wow. Dana, thanks for letting me know about that! That’s amazing!

  41. Rose April 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I am so excited for the chance to be selected to win something. I am currently studying to become a music therapist and am excited to start collecting instruments, including boom whackers! I just tried boom whackers with a group whom I am doing clinical with and it was a hit! Also, I’m glad I came across your page. I definitely believe that you can play rhythm if you have a heart beat ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact I teach kids how to play drums by feeling their heart beat!

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Fantastic! That’s the best way to teach it, Rose. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Mary Carter April 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I am so glad to have found your site! I saw your announcement for this giveaway through the music therapy listserve and followed the link. I am a senior music therapy student at Montclair State University in New Jersey. I am excited to start my internship in the fall at a Children’s Hospital and think these Boomwackers would be a fun addition that I could bring along. While I can not give you measurable stats from your site just yet, I have just killed 40 minutes of homework time checking out your videos on Drum Facilitation and ordered the lullaby book on Amazon. I can’t wait till it comes! This is a great site, great links and a fabulous resource. I’ll be passing your site along to my classmates who I am sure will appreciate it as well. Have a very Happy Birthday, and I look forward to checking out more of your site when this paper is done…

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Hi Mary! Good luck as you embark upon your new internship – Exciting times, for sure! Keep us posted on how you use the lullaby book. I think you’ll dig it.

  43. Brittany Scheer April 5, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Hi Kat,
    Happy Birthday! I look forward to your posts each week. You have inspired me to start a blog just about self-care for music therapists, that I have wanted to start, I just haven’t had the confidence. I am finishing up my thesis pertaining to this topic and hoping I can use that information to jump start the idea.

    Thanks for the inspiration, and if you have any blogs that you know of that already do this, let me know!
    Take care,

    • Kat Fulton April 11, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Wow Brittany! Congratulations on your new blog site. Feel free to share the link so we can share it with our MT friends!

  44. Mom February 26, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Well, I’m almost a year late, but thanks for the birthday wishes. It’s good we both have birthdays coming up again soon.

    You are so funny. โ™ฅ

    • Kat Fulton March 7, 2013 at 7:34 am #

      Mom – You’re killing me! Love your new gravatar!!!

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