Friday 5! Books, maps, and light

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Happy Friday, everyone! Matt here. I want to start off by thanking Hannah for curating so much great content over the last year. She’s done a tremendous job of consistently providing us with helpful resources! I’m going to be taking over the Friday 5 again and hope I can live up to the precedent she set. Big shout out to Hannah! And now, your Friday 5: What I’m Reading The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski. “Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart, and we cannot truly…

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Friday 5! Jamming to tunes, self care, and education

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Happy August! We hope you’re enjoying these last couple weeks of summer before the schools start up again. So kick back and relax for a few – we’ve got you covered with some tunes and self-care tips this week.   Song Jamming by Bob Marley Great hook for people of all ages that pairs well with active music making. Schools AMTA Approved Schools Thinking about going to school? This is a simple reference showing which music therapy schools offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs. Website Your Regional AMTA! Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic,…

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Friday 5! On being proactive: guitar coaching, prevention, and other stuffs

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Hello fellow music friends! This week we hope to bring you some sunny smiles and trusty tunes for your weekend. Take a listen 🙂 Song Have You Ever Seen the Rain by CCR There’s a great musical lick in here that is just waiting to be re-orchestrated for your session. Guitar Clinical Guitar Coaching Have you ever felt silly playing arpeggiated simple chords for minutes on end? Or had a client who could play better than you? (Don’t worry- I’ve been there too. It’s not your fault.) Thanks to current technology,…

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Friday 5! The country King of Tears, a video vault, and other good stuff

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Welcome back to the weekend! We missed you. If you’d like to get a chance to catch up, you can always drop us a line. (Down there in the comments, that is.) We’d love to hear what you have been up to and what music therapy successes (or stresses) you’ve been having. But until then, enjoy our Friday 5 this week. You may even sense a bit of a theme 🙂   Song Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw A song about living life to the fullest. If…

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Friday 5! Lullabies and the 10 Toes Down Challenge

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Hello again and happy Friday! We’ve got a variety of things for you this Friday, from a hip hop challenge to lullabies. Take a look for yourself 🙂 Song 10 Toes Down Challenge (instrumental) The challenge is for people to rap over the track. (There are a TON of examples on YouTube.) If you work with teens, you may want to consider it for songwriting. Tool A Perfect Lullaby Know any new or expectant mothers? Want to beef up your lullaby repertoire? This interactive album incorporates both learning the song…

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Friday 5! Songs of the sea and makin’ dance music

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Hello, music friends! Welcome to this week’s edition of the Friday 5. As always, we are super glad to have you 🙂 We’ve got songs of the sea, a dance music maker, and other goodies. Take a look: Song Beyond the Sea as done by Bobby Darin Just try not to tap your feet along to this snazzy summer tune. Guitar Under the Sea Play “Under the Sea” like a cool mermaid. Matt breaks down the intro for us. Instrument Casio CTK-3500 Keyboard This keyboard has weighted keys, solid sound,…

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Friday 5! Stars and stripes, rap and improv

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Happy Friday! It’s strange to think that the 4th of July is almost upon us. We hope you all get the chance to enjoy a parade, see some fireworks, or at the very least, eat some good food and spend time with family and friends. We kick off this week’s Friday 5 with some holiday spirit: Song Stars and Stripes Forever Great for movement and playing with dynamics.   Guitar How to Switch Between Guitar Chords Faster Want to feel more confident in your guitar playing? This guide is a…

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Friday 5! A beautiful boy, a bad joke, and 7 mistakes you can avoid

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Happy summer, all! The long warm days are here and we are ready to soak up the sun. Before you go off to enjoy a hopefully beautiful weekend, enjoy some new tunes, info, and laughs.   Song Beautiful Boy by John Lennon Recently just discovered this song. Great for new parents! MT Source Item 7 Mistakes Students Make When Choosing a Music Therapy School… And How To Avoid Them! An essential (and free!) tool for future music therapists, trying to choose the right school for them. Tool Meditation Bell Very…

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Friday 5! Basic fingerpicking and the hilarious world of depression

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Happy Friday, music nerds! We’re kickin’ off this weekend with some good listening, research, and guitar tips. Check it out 🙂 Song Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson Great for inspiring a discussion on being the change you want to see in the world. Research Music Therapy Research Blog with Annette Whitehead-Pleaux Get the latest on multicultural, inclusive music therapy. Guitar Basic Fingerpicking Technique Feeling a bit sheepish about your fingerpicking? Brush up on your skills with this video. Podcast The Hilarious World of Depression Episode: Listeners’ Favorite Coping…

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Friday 5! Get wired for altruism and add some color

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Happy Friday! You made it to the end of the week. As promised, here is your Friday 5 to kick off your (hopefully) beautiful June weekend. Song 3 Things by Jason Mraz A good starting point for talking about how different people cope. Also ripe for songwriting. TED Talk Wired for Altruism Some good inspiration for good people 🙂 Guitar Color Chord My World Feel like your playing is stuck in a rut? This short course will help you add some color to the songs you already play, and explore some…

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