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Friday 5! Raindrops and all of the job shtuffs

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Hey there music friends, Happy Friday and happy spring! We hope you’re off to a good start this season. And without further ado: The Friday Five! Song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head by BJ Thomas Welcome that rainy (or perhaps snowy) spring weather with a good tune. Resource Virtual Job Shadow See music therapy in action (and maybe get some session ideas if you’re already an MT). Website Indeed.com Looking for a job? Need to post one? After looking at the AMTA website and your regional page, try Indeed.com. Literally millions of…

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Friday 5! Build resilience, count on me, and virtual meetings

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We hope you’re enjoying yourself if you’re at a conference this weekend. Here is what we’ve been using this week (in addition to all of the Irish things we’ve been using). If you’re missing a bit of the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, fear not – we’ve included a bonus Irish song at the end. Song Count On Me Themes of friendship and an opportunity for basic counting skills with kids. Guitar Get comfortable playing “Count On Me” with barre chords (or cowboy chords). Tool Google Hangouts A…

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Friday 5! The benefits of failure, session ideas, and St. Patrick’s Day

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Hi there! Happy Friday! Here are some things we’ve been digging this week and wanted to share with you. Feel free to pass it on if you know someone who would be interested in any of the things listed below. Song Molly Malone A classic song that was the inspiration for a statue in Dublin. Intervention Idea (Seniors/Older Adults) Possible Goals: Improve/maintain respiratory functioning (projection, endurance, enunciation), reality orientation (to time of year), reminiscence for increase quality of life The chorus of “Molly Malone” is repetitive and ideal for engaging clients in…

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Friday 5: Conference and feelin’ good

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Happy March! You know what spring means – regional conferences and renewed enthusiasm. We’ve got lots of good learning coming up for ourselves and hopefully that includes you too! Take a look and dive in. Song Feelin’ Good Kick off women’s history month with a bit of Nina Simone Conference Institute Instant Guitar Confidence (p. 10) Going to the WR/WR Joint Conference in Colorado? Our very own Matt Logan is going to be sharing how to play like a pro in several styles. Pop in and say hi! Website Music…

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Friday 5

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Hello music friends, Welcome to the weekend! Here’s what we’ve got for you this Friday: Song Black and White Okay, so we did add this one mostly for fun. You’ll definitely want to watch this video instead of just listening. It’s Hazel Scott playing two pianos. Pretty incredible! Podcast Episode Memory Palace: 101 (Promise) The story of a now-forgotten amazing musician, Hazel Scott. App Guitar Tuna It’s a metronome, it’s a tuner, and it’s free for both apple and Andriod. Website Music Therapy and Mental Health Interventions Stumbled across while…

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Friday 5! New MT research, gear, and a bad joke

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Welcome to the holiday weekend! Per the usual, here are 5 things we were diggin’ this week: Song I Got You by James Brown The “Na na na” portion of the song is ideal to get clients to sing along. Also a classic song to work in for celebrating Black History month. New Podcast Episode Music Therapy Journal Club A lot of articles from Music Therapy Perspectives covered in this episode, including one about multicultural considerations. Analog Instrument Slit Drum/Tongue Drum Adds variety, intrigue, and unique ways for your clients to…

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Friday 5! Get grit, barre chords, and L-O-V-E

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Happy Friday! The weekend is almost upon us, and so we present to you the things we (and other music therapists) have been using this week. Take a look-see:   Song L-O-V-E as done by Nat King Cole   Intervention Possible Goals: Increase focus of attention, increase gross motor mobility, improve speech clarity Create 4 (or more) visuals with the different letters of LOVE on them. Hand these out to clients (or have them volunteer) and use the music as a cue for them to hold up their letter as…

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Friday 5! Valentine’s day parodies, live music, and a chuckle

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Happy February! Groundhog’s day came and went – we heard the groundhog saw his shadow, but we will have to see what the weather says about that this weekend. 🙂 In the meantime, enjoy the Friday 5: Song I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor This song idea was inspired by a colleague of ours who takes a fun twist on the February 14th holiday. She celebrates by doing a session with parodies of love songs (check out the hilarious second verse of Bicycle built for Two here) and other music…

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Friday 5! On trains, music, and dreams

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Happy Friday! This edition of Friday 5 includes the music and tools we’ve been thankful for this week. Take a look and take a listen 🙂 Song Stop This Train by John Mayer Try it with a lyric discussion. It’s also a really fun song to play! App Sounding Board A great free app that works as an AAC device (or “talker”) for clients who are nonverbal or benefit from the use of visual choices. Gear Capo Keep your musicality when transposing in your head isn’t an option. We like the…

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Friday 5! Advocacy stinks and other tidbits

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Hello there! This Friday 5 we decided to focus more on that whole music therapy advocacy thing – it is Music Therapy Advocacy Month after all! Take a gander and a listen to this week’s resources: Song Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony Or “Live My Life”. Entirely in Spanish, it’s great for movement or lyric discussion about self-empowerment. Article Advocacy Stinks A great article by a “guest” author we had in the past. Gear Pick Holder It’s a cheap way to stop losing your picks. Stick it right on…

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