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American Girl

American Girl

She was an American girl…
was recorded on July 4th, 1976.

He was an American boy…
Tom Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, but spent most of his life in California. As a solo artist, the leader of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and a member of the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch he……


These Are The Vowels

These Are The Vowels

Music Therapy vowel song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will verbally produce long and short vowel sounds.
Goal: Client will visually identify uppercase and lowercase vowels.
Domains: Speech, Academics

Vowels are phonemes produced without any appreciable constriction or blockage of airflow in the vocal tract. Vowel sounds differ from each……


What Do You Use?

What Do You Use?

Music Therapy what question song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will answer what questions regarding the functions of items.
Domains: Language, Academics

Special needs kids can get confused with the variety of “WH” questions they are expected to answer. I used to work with a boy on the autism spectrum……


National School Walkout 04-20-18

National School Walkout 04-20-18

 

On February 14, 2018, seventeen people were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That night I couldn’t sleep. I kept looking……


Time For Music

Time For Music

Music Therapy hello song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will respond to a greeting.
Domains: Social, Language, Speech

As a music therapist working with kids, you can never have too many hello songs in your repertoire. This song was created to address several skills that previous hello songs did not effectively……


Oral Motor Exercises

Oral Motor Exercises

Music Therapy oral motor songs for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will perform contrary pairs of oral motor movements.
Domains: Speech, Motor

Oral motor exercises are designed to develop and strengthen the articulators needed for proper speech. Two opposite movements (or positions) are contained in each song. Following the initial sung instructions……


Adding Means Jump To The Right

Adding Means Jump To The Right

Music Therapy math video & song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Clients will solve addition problems using a number line.
Domain: Academics

Math is hard. Teaching of addition is often done with manipulatives or TouchMath. While these methods can be effective, sometimes it is difficult……


Little Drum Set Boy

Little Drum Set Boy

song: The Little Drummer Boy

written by: Katherine Kennicott Davis

performed by: Jeff Lehman MT-BC


I Can Tell The Time

I Can Tell The Time

Music Therapy clock videos & songs for special needs individuals.
Goal: Client will learn to tell time to 15 minute intervals on an analog clock.
Domains: Academics, Math

Earlier this year I created Telling Time, which addressed telling analog time to the hour. I used it with several clients……


Instruments used in Music Therapy

Instruments used in Music Therapy

My go-to instrument in a music therapy session is an acoustic guitar. It’s popular, portable, and enables me to maintain eye contact with clients. While making recordings, I draw from a larger variety of instruments.

Musical instruments can also be played by clients. A wide variety of goals can be……