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9 Tips: Drum Circles for Kids with Special Needs

9 Tips: Drum Circles for Kids with Special Needs

Marilyn, one of my subscribers, recently asked me about drumming with kids who have special needs. She and her business partner have been hired to run a drum circle at a summer camp! Marilyn is a drum circle facilitator in Jacksonville, FL, she runs Heart 2 Heart...

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Say it so you can play it.

Say it so you can play it.

Arthur Hull always says "If you can say it, then you can play it." It makes perfect sense. If you can say the rhythm with your voice, or if you can move the rhythm with your body, then you have embodied the rhythm. None of my nuclear family members would admit that...

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VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas & Boomwhackers

VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas & Boomwhackers

Thanks to support from the Cancer Coping Center, I am going to make music, drum, and play boomwhackers with kids at Camp Kesem, a camp for kids with a parent who has (or has had) cancer. The camp is a week long, and they do all sorts of fun activities. I awoke from...

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28 Group Drumming Workshops Left in 2010

28 Group Drumming Workshops Left in 2010

If you missed the 17th annual Seattle World Rhythm Festival this past weekend, don't fret! DrumSTRONG 2010 is an event to raise money and support for cancer research. DrumSTRONG is worldwide, simultaneous group drumming, happening in 40+ cities around the globe on May...

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How to Use the Voice for Self-Care

How to Use the Voice for Self-Care

In the People Inspire Me post a couple of weeks ago, The Crazy Music Lady asked me exactly what I do with the voice in self-care sessions for healthcare professionals. The Crazy Music Lady shares very funny stories from the front lines of mental health, (I LOVE her...

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You know you’re a music therapist when…

You know you’re a music therapist when…

This is the most fun, recent hashtag I've used on Twitter. Go to Twitter and type "youknowyoureamusictherapistwhen" into the search bar to see all of the entries. Here it goes in 140 characters or less! 1. you're adapting lyrics to "Party in the USA" for a...

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VIDEO: Drum with Older Adults

VIDEO: Drum with Older Adults

I wrote a description of this song intervention in No Worries, No Hurries, and No Wrong Notes. Now you can see it in action! I am using Blue Suede Shoes as a guided music-making experience with improvisation. Because Blue Suede Shoes is a standard 12-bar blues, you...

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17 Musical Instruments You Can Find at Your Workplace

17 Musical Instruments You Can Find at Your Workplace

I'm always encouraging people to make music during the day as part of a regular wellness regime. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote  9 Crazy Ideas for Playful Spontaneity during the Work Day. This time, you can see how easy it is to jam with your office mates. I dedicate...

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9 Great Self-Care & Music Therapy Posts in the Past Week

There has been an explosion of great blog posts in the past week, and I want to share them with you. They have enhanced my every day practice of self-care, wellness, and music therapy. Self-care & Wellness 1. Rest and Recovery from the Art of Non-Conformity. Chris...

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Highlights of the Western Region AMTA Conference

Highlights of the Western Region AMTA Conference

Yesterday I returned home from the Western Region American Music Therapy Association (WRAMTA) Conference in Las Vegas. Not only were there ample opportunities for continuing education, research updates, and clinical insights, but also WRAMTA set up free massages for...

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12 Pieces of earcandy for the plane

12 Pieces of earcandy for the plane

I'm going to the Western Regional American Music Therapy Conference in Las Vegas tonight! I'll be jumping on a plane from San Diego, and I'm going to be listening to and watching the following podcasts and music. Podcasts (available for free on iTunes) 1.  TEDTalks:...

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We Got the Beat! Drum Class in Solana Beach

We Got the Beat! Drum Class in Solana Beach

Announcing a new We Got the Beat! class this spring. This class is open to the public, so gather all your friends and come drum with us! Read the class description and register on the San Dieguito Adult School website here. Tuesdays, 6:30PM – 7:30PM in Solana Beach 4...

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6 Reasons to Attend Arthur Hull’s Trainings and Playshops

6 Reasons to Attend Arthur Hull’s Trainings and Playshops

I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of Arthur Hull's Rhythmic Alchemy Playshops (RAPs) and the 2008 Hawaii Drum Circle Facilitation Training. I remember at my first RAP just a year after my internship, we did a clapping circle, passed out parts, had everyone...

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People inspire me.

Yesterday I facilitated a session on self-care through music for a group of medical social workers. We loosened up, squeezed out, and brushed off anything having to do with work, the past, or the future. We created a clean, safe space for self-care. We were patient...

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Drum Circle Facilitation and Music Therapy

Drum Circle Facilitation and Music Therapy

After a meal and an evening of music-making with three amazing women drummers last weekend, I was inspired to write about drum circle facilitation and a program that connects all four of us: Remo's HealthRHYTHMS®. Mary Tolena and Jú Linares of ZaBoomBala Drumming...

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Schlepping Made Easy

Do you facilitate group drumming? Or maybe it's something you've thought of doing, but you'd rather not go through the trouble of carrying around drums? I love drumming, so I've tried several different schlepping solutions, and I've come up with a few good ideas....

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6 Studies that Show How Making Music Affects the Body

6 Studies that Show How Making Music Affects the Body

A couple of weeks ago, Matt Logan of the Music Therapy Source tweeted a completely "irreverent, hilarious, & surprisingly accurate" article entitled 7 Insane Ways Music Affects the Body (According to Science). While I'm constantly reading up and obsessing myself...

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Make Music for St. Patrick’s Day

Make Music for St. Patrick’s Day

There are a million ways to get in the Irish spirit this season. Leprechauns, rainbows, and shamrocks are posted in store windows and on community walls. Irish fiddlers are sitting on street corners. Everybody is wearing green socks, shirts, earrings, tattoos. It's...

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Music Therapy in the NICU: An RN’s Perspective

Music Therapy in the NICU: An RN’s Perspective

I recently asked Shelley Frazier, RN, BSN, IBCLC, what she thought about music therapy. She is the Lactation Consultant, Discharge Planner, and Education Coordinator for the Newborn ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida. Shelley also helps facilitate the ...

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Personal experiment: Music, art, and dance all day

Personal experiment: Music, art, and dance all day

In the course of a regular work day, I often have thousands of ideas fly through my head faster than I can remember them. These thoughts are mixed with sporadic episodes of spontaneous music-making, singing, and dancing. Sometimes I like to just "be" and let my...

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There’s No Wrong Way to Play!

There’s No Wrong Way to Play!

This article is a copy of my guest blog post on Music After 50.com. Here is the article: This is usually my mantra when facilitating a drum class or music therapy session with older adults. There's no wrong way to play. You can feel the natural, rhythmic flow to the...

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Does music in the NICU overstimulate infants?

Does music in the NICU overstimulate infants?

Dr. Jayne Standley explains how, why, and when to use music therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in her book Music Therapy with Premature Infants: Research and Developmental Interventions. But, my blog's title question comes up often, and understandably...

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