I debated whether to write a blog entry while on maternity leave as I am not currently practicing music therapy and this blog generally has been about my professional work. But then I realized that my identity as a full time board certified music therapist has now changed to a full time board certified music therapist/working mother. … More The Maternity Leave Report
2016 was fairly monumental for me professionally and personally. It was my first entire calendar year of being a board certified music therapist, I led music therapy sessions at both YCCA school locations as well as the public preschool in New Jersey, I presented at the regional music therapy conference, I started doing individual music therapy … More New Year, New Adventures
As Thanksgiving weekend is wrapping up and we are entering into the busy holiday season, I wanted to share a song I wrote last year for Thanksgiving. Every year we constantly ask the kids what they are thankful for throughout the month of November, and I wanted to write a song with a simple melody … More Thankful
On this day, four years ago, I was a newlywed, struggling to decide if I should continue to pursue a career in opera and starting to entertain the possibility of going back to school to become a music therapist. Thankfully, my husband was extremely supportive in my decision to attempt to start over professionally. On … More On This Day
Last spring, I had the unique opportunity to be part of a pilot program for youth in the foster care system. The program brought together over 30 teenagers who currently live in group homes because of issues that arose in their foster care settings. Having previously led vocal workshops with teenagers in foster care several … More From Toddlers to Teenagers
I will be the first to admit that I obsessively love the Olympics and watch as many events as I can within the two week coverage. This year I wanted to take a quick break from our “Summer of Love” theme, and I took advantage of the summer Olympics to lead an entire session based … More Olympics!
I’ve written before about the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and for me, I would say that building relationships is one of my strengths, not to mention one of my favorite aspects of being a music therapist. As music therapists, we build relationships mainly through our music making but there are also so many other elements that … More The Therapeutic Relationship: Building and Ending
Superheroes to the rescue! As May is Imagination Month here at YCCA, I made a goal to write a new song since it had been awhile since I’d come up with an original composition. Since superheroes are always popular nowadays, why not write a song about all the special powers of superheroes? Dramatic play is an … More Superheroes!
One of my favorite parts of my day at work is leading circle time. For most of my kids, because it is the first half hour of their day at school, they are usually the most focused and eager to learn. My two year olds (now-turning-three year olds!) can actually sit still and follow directions – … More Circle Time is the Best Time
I love going to music therapy conferences. It’s basically a wonderful excuse to build community. When else do you get to get together with hundreds of other music therapists and geek out on music therapy stuff? I had the privilege of attending the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association’s annual conference earlier this … More I ♥ Conference