Pumpkins, Leaves & Halloween

There are only a few weeks left to use some of my favorite visuals, songs, and singable books! From pumpkins, to leaves, to Halloween – I’m trying to fit them all in before the 31st.

Below are some pictures and ideas to spark your creativity for your fall music therapy sessions. Email me if you have any questions about the songs I use for each visual – I’d be happy to talk with you (rachel@musictherapyebooks.com)!

Pumpkin letters, Jack-o-lantern making and emotion identification, life cycle of a pumpkin, What’s in the Pumpkin? Hey, Pumpkin (FREE from e-book author, Patina Jackson‘s newsletter!)
Sequencing fall activities (first, next, last), number leaves, leaf size and color sorting
Be sure to look at board-certified music therapist Stephanie Leavell’s book, “Shy Little Monster”

Looking for more season and holiday-themed interventions? Check out these e-books:

Has both Halloween & Thanksgiving songs!
Use the song, “Count the Footballs” this fall!

Apple-themed session ideas

It’s officially FALL!

Autumn is here and it’s time to unpack all of those apple-themed music therapy interventions!

Here are some of my go-to apple session ideas:

  1. I love to use sorting mats for green, yellow, and red apples to work on colors and sorting. (These attribute apples work well, too)
  2. The book, “Ten Apples Up On Top” works perfectly to the tune of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”. It’s great for counting 1-10!
  3. “Do You Know How Apples Grow?” (tune: “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”). I have students work on sequencing by putting the steps of the growing process in order, from seed to apple-picking (or apple pie!). Free visuals HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Eg. Do you know how apples grow, how apples grow, how apples grow? Do you know how apples grow in the orchard? First, you plant the seed, plant the seed, plant the seed. First, you plant the seed in the orchard. Next, it grows into a seedling, into a seedling, into a seedling. Next, it grows into a seedling in the orchard. Then, the buds begin to blossom, begin to blossom, begin to blossom. Then, the buds begin to blossom in the orchard. Last, the blossom turns into an apple, into an apple, into an apple. Last, the blossom turns into an apple, in the orchard.
  4. Finally, I use my Apple Orchard visuals to work on WH-questions (students pick the correct visual from a field of three).

Want another great apple song for this time of year? Check out The Back to School Batch e-book by Amanda Ellis! “Apples in the Basket” is a super adorable song that she recorded (complete with violin!) for the e-book (in addition to many songs, including instrumental tracks for each!) and it works perfectly for color identification and works on listening skills (“If you have a green/red/yellow one, hold it up high and put it in the basket as it comes by.”).

Check out a sample of “Apples in the Basket”, here:

Apples in the Basket Sample from, “The Back to School Batch”

Organization Tip: BookBuddy App

Do you have an ever-growing collection of singable books?  I just discovered a new app and it’s a game-changer for book organization…just in time for the start of the school year! “BookBuddy” allows you to scan each barcode and tag it with as many goal areas as you want, all in a matter of seconds.

Now, when I’m in search of books for my sessions, all I have to do is click on the tag and the corresponding books for that topic/goal pop-up! 

Ps. There is both a free version (limits the number of books you can enter) and paid version of this app (unlimited books for $4.99).

Looking to start a private practice? Check out these helpful resources!

Rachel discusses the ins and outs of her former private practice, Music Therapy Services of Austin

Listen to 014 Rachel See – Music Therapist from Start A Therapy Practice Podcast in Podcasts. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/start-a-therapy-practice-podcast/id1444354024?mt=2&i=1000424387668

Mindful May Resources

In honor of Mindful May, we’ve curated a list of resources designed to assist with mindfulness, mental health, wellness, and self-care…for you AND your clients.  

E-books:

Harmony Handbook (Vol. 1): Resources for Music Therapists Working With Adolescents & Adults in Mental Health Treatment

Creative Innovations in Mental Health & Addictions: A Music Therapist’s Guide to the 12 Steps in Practice

Changing States: 25 Guided Imagery Scripts for Individual and Group Work

Diving Deeper: 30 Guided Visualization Scripts For Individual and Group Work

Podcasts/Episodes:

Talking with Tech Podcast Episode: How Mindfulness Can Promote Joy, Prevent Burnout & Improve Therapy

Courses:

Reclaim Your Rhythm online workshop with Maya Benattar, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

The Self-Care Institute by Music Therapy E-books author, Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC

Music for Self-Care and Wellness CMTE course available on Music Therapy Ed’s website

Albums:

ALL relaxation albums by Ryan Judd, MA, MT-BC.  Find them, here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ryan-judd/714068145

Apps:

Headspace: https://www.headspace.com

Calm: https://www.calm.com

Books:

10% Happier: https://www.tenpercent.com/dan-harris-books

See a resource missing from the list that you think would benefit others?  We’d love to hear about it!  

We’re Turning 5!

Today marks the fifth anniversary for MusicTherapyEbooks.com and to celebrate, we are marking down our “How to Write an E-book…E-book” to $5 for today only!!

ONE DAY SALE! $9.98 $5!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we want to say…

WE LOVE OUR AUTHORS here at Music Therapy E-books!

Rachel’s Favorite Music-Related Podcasts: Second Edition

A while back, I shared a few of my go-to music-related podcasts/episodes. Well, a few more months of driving from to school-to-school has provided me with a few more recommendations!

  1. Henry & Heidi: I love Henry Rollins. He is a master storyteller and has an ability to tell a tale of musical lore with complete accuracy and panache.
  2. Switched on Pop: A podcast that is hosted by a musicologist and a songwriter…that is all about pop. In my opinion, it’s the ONLY way to digest and understand the pop music world. From their site, “A podcast about the making and meaning of popular music hosted by musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding. We break down pop songs to figure out what makes a hit and what is its place in culture. We help listeners find “a-ha” moments in the music. Switched on Pop will make you laugh, dance, and ask ridiculous questions like: does the falsetto in One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” essentially make them our modern day Castrati?”
  3. Music Now: Rolling Stone: “The writers and editors of Rolling Stone take you inside the biggest stories in music. Featuring interviews with our favorite artists; what’s playing in the office; expert insight on the week’s biggest music news; and much more.”