Category: Therapeutic Songwriting

The First Four Years

The First Four Years

Archtop Music Therapy began serving special needs children in St. Louis, Missouri on July 1, 2015. Thank you to the dedicated parents who have invited me into their homes and to all of the amazing kids I’ve worked with, am working with, and will work with in the future. I……


Amazing Dangie Bros

Amazing Dangie Bros

This is a video posted on YouTube about videos posted on YouTube.

A songwriter should write about what excites and motivates them. Tristan is……


I’ve Been Everywhere

I’ve Been Everywhere

AKA What Tristan Did On His Summer Vacation

Vocals: Tristan
New Lyrics: Tristan & Jeff
Music: written by Geoff Mack, but best known as a Johnny Cash song
Idea To Use A Johnny Cash Song: Tristan’s Dad
Photos: Tristan’s Mom


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……


Behavior Modification with Lil Jon

Behavior Modification with Lil Jon

Rules are almost never fun.
Devin is almost always fun.
Music can help make just about anything more fun.

I’ve been seeing Devin since October – working on academics and social skills as well as piano performance and songwriting. Several months ago his parents, along with some behavior specialists, created……


Jeff’s Favorite Things

Jeff’s Favorite Things

My Favorite Things, from The Sound of Music, seems to be a popular Christmas song… and I don’t know why. I sang it with Celia’s Yuletide Express, it was included in a Christmas song book I bought from Midwest Sheet Music, and so……


Camp Stepping Stones 2012

Camp Stepping Stones 2012

This is Part Three.
Read Part One: Camp Stepping Stones 2010 HERE!

Read Part Two: Camp Stepping Stones 2011 HERE!

After the……


Camp Stepping Stones 2011

Camp Stepping Stones 2011

This is Part Two.
Read Part One: Camp Stepping Stones 2010 HERE!

How do you get a bunch of children……


Special Education Acronyms

Special Education Acronyms

In the field of music therapy, sometimes melody and/or chords are taken from an existing song and lyrics are changed to make a new song. Music therapists call this piggybacking. Regular humans call this parody. I guess the difference is that parody implies humor whereas piggybacking does not. Weird Al singing……


Cancer & Cookies

Cancer & Cookies

Mom’s words:

I cannot give enough praise to Jeff Lehman, owner of Archtop Music Therapy. Being in the field of special education, I……