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Friday 5 Vocal Health For Music Therapists

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Happy Friday! Based on responses to last the last Friday 5, it seems that vocal health has struck a…ahem…cord? 😃 It seems to be a challenge many of us face. Some of you wrote back sharing your own experiences and tips. Here are what some other MT’s had to say, plus a couple other vocal health-related tidbits. Please note that ALL THREE stories mentioned seeing an ENT or speech therapist, so if you are experiencing vocal issues, definitely consult with a professional.  Also, remember that you never have to miss…

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Friday 5 August 25th, 2017

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Ok. Who saw the eclipse? I especially want to hear from those of you who traveled to get the best views. I work in San Francisco and the fog is so common here that it even has a name (Karl). It seemed as though Karl was going to eclipse the eclipse. But, amazingly, the fog parted just enough and just in time so that we could catch a glimpse. But the most breathtaking views, for us anyway, were totally on Instagram. Oh well…I’ll get a good seat for the next…

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Friday 5 August 18, 2017

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Hello, my friends 😃 Another week in the books! Well done. Here is your Friday 5! Thank You Firstly, I want to thank you for being kind human beings and citizens of the world. Though most of my readers are in the United States, last week’s Friday 5 was also read in Kenya, Canada, Indonesia, Spain, Egypt, Bahrain, Brazil, Thailand…just to name a few. I’ve long believed that music is one of the most effective bridges between people of different beliefs and backgrounds. In a world that emphasizes and all-too-often…

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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! 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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