Meet the Author: Susan Seale

1. Your name:

Susan Seale

2. Education/Background:

I seem to have been studying and teaching my entire life with decades of practical experience in educational and therapeutic settings with children and with adults, as well as private instrumental teaching.

Having worked for over 10 years in the public school system as a general classroom teacher, learning resource teacher, music teacher and special needs music teacher, my experience is varied. I wear many hats as a teacher, performer, speaker, author, teaching consultant and owner and founder of Musicalia and the online resource site Make Me Musical.

I share a happy home life with my husband, Nigel, our parrots and a little black dog, Moka.

Background

  • private teaching for almost 40 years
  • 10 years as a classroom teacher, special needs music and learning resource teacher
  • 20 years owner/founder of Musicalia Education Services, private music and movement school for babies and children
  • 25 years teacher trainer, creator of Musicalia for Teachers
  • 25 years speaker and workshop facilitator, conference presenter

Professional Training

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master’s Level Certification in Orff-Schulwerk
  • Orff Specialist Certification Carl Orff Canada
  • Teacher’s Certificate from the Creative Dance Institute
  • Professional training in Developmental Movement Therapy
  • Professional training in Special Needs Music Education
  • Professional training Learning Resource Teacher
  • Professional training in Kodaly
  • Professional training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Professional training from Kindermusik International

My professional studies have taken place around the world

  • University of Victoria
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • San Francisco School (San Francisco, California)
  • Orff Institute, University Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria)

I regularly attend music education and music therapy conferences around the globe working and studying with world-renowned teachers and mentors.

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

This is a really looooong time ago…and I do not remember.

I googled who was popular at the time so it may have been Bachman Turner Overdrive with some Queen and David Bowie.

Honestly, I didn’t listen to a lot of music then because I grew up in a musical family where everyone (grandparents, mom and sister, extended family too) played at least 3 instruments and sang and we didn’t listen to music in the house.  We made music.  We did listen to country music 8-tracks in the car.   So…Marty Robbins, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette…you get the picture.  My mom was a performer so we hung out with famous country musicians and they hung out in our house.  Those kind of people in those days, didn’t listen to the radio…we just made music and danced.  I probably didn’t really start listening to pop music in a big way until I was in my 20’s and had a car with a cassette deck…omg…cassette deck…that’s how old I am!

4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

I have been conducting workshops for many years.  I’ve done lots of writing and creating of programs.
I had never written a book.  I just had this idea that all this knowledge I had about the brain and how I integrated it into my classes and lessons would be valuable because it just is not taught anywhere.  The standard programs that are offered pay no attention to brain and body…they tend to focus on ‘fun’ ideas to include in a music class.  This is not what I believe is beneficial or worthwhile for children or therapists or teachers.  So…I sat down and started writing out my practical application of developmental movement therapy theory and experience so it could be downloaded by folks who were interested in it.

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

I have years worth of experience, workshops offerings, and I just sat down and made a list of how I would organize it.  I wrote on lots of paper.

One day I started a word doc and put it on the computer.  I spent the next 5 months writing when I had time and formatting and making it look organized.

I think my process is the Nike one…Just Do It.

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6.Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy:

I’m a creator…so I don’t have a lot of external favorites.  I create my own stuff.

 

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

Practical, organized, simple.

 

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

Music therapists, pres-school and primary music teachers, preschool + primary generalist teachers, private music teachers, community music teachers.

Growing Grounded present effective, tested activities that are based on the developmental needs of the young brain.

These activities help children to focus, be less stressed, develop coordination and overcome behaviour and attention issues.

These activities help children to develop singing and speech skills.

These activities are perfect for children who are fidgety, fussy, resistant, fearful, boundary-pushers.

These activites are perfect for children ages 2-7.

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To celebrate May Day, we’re hosting a GIVEAWAY!

 

The Goods:  TWO e-books – one by each of the Music Therapy Ebooks creators

1.  Any e-book by Rachel See:  Children’s Songs for Therapy, Listen, Sing, Speak!, INSPIRE: Inspiration Kit #1

2. The Networking Workbook by Michelle Erfurt

 

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Meet the Author: Rachel Rambach

1. Your name:

Rachel Rambach

2. Education/Background:

BA (vocal performance) from Rollins College; MM (music therapy) from Illinois State University.

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

That was the year I discovered the Beatles. I was a little obsessed.

4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

My songs for instruments are my most popular, so I wanted to make it easier for people by making many of them available in one place.

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

The songs were already written and recorded, so I simply created the lead sheets, put them in a PDF, and designed a cover.

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6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy:

At the moment, it’s Music Therapy for Premature Infants(Stanley/Walworth). I just completed the NICU music therapy training and this book has been an amazing resource.

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

Singable, energizing, fun!

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

My e-book is for anyone who makes music with children, whether a parent, music therapist, educator, or other professional. The songs are easy to learn and target many musical and non-musical objectives.

9.  What kinds of music therapy e-books would you like to see more of on MusicTherapyEbooks.com?

I’m in the midst of growing my biz (again), so I would love to see more books on this topic!

 

Meet the Author: Michelle Erfurt

1. Your name:

Michelle Erfurt

2. Education/Background:

I studied music therapy at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania – Go Rock! But, when it comes to my eBook, I learned how to do it through asking questions, Googling, creativity, and bravery.

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade

I have fond memories of making mixed tapes at that time that included songs from Right Said Fred, Kris Kross, Tom Cochrane and Arrested Development. 90’s music rules!

4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

I wanted to write an ebook about networking because a lot of my posts on my blog (www.MusicTherapyTween.com) turned out to be about that topic. I was interested in it and I didn’t even know it! Learning how to network was really difficult for me because I just didn’t know where to begin. So, I created The Networking Workbook to help people have that starting place as they begin networking.

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

I took a look at different networking opportunities out there and determined the similarities that happen between all of them. Then I created sequential worksheets that guide the reader through all the preparation you can do before the event. This way, you feel ready to get your network on!

 

6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy:

The book I use the most in session is The Heritage Songster. It’s a basic songbook that we used in undergrad that has really served me well.

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

Proactive, In-Depth, & Clear.

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

People who are new to networking, fresh professionals, business owners or folks who consider themselves introverted can benefit from my book.

9.  What kinds of music therapy e-books would you like to see more of on MusicTherapyEbooks.com?

I would like to see books that share personal experiences of other music therapists.

10.  Anything else you would like to add?

I hope that I can help people make connections! That is what The Networking Workbook is all about.

 

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Meet the Author: Rachel See

1. Name:

Rachel See

2. Education/Background:

B.A. in Communication Disorders, Truman State University

M.A. in Music Therapy, University of Iowa

I started playing violin and piano at the age of 5, followed by playing in orchestras, bands, and, eventually, I learned about how I could incorporate my speech therapy, elementary education, and music background into one career: Music Therapy!  I am the director and main therapist at Music Therapy Services of Austin, LLC, co-founder of Music Therapy E-books, and the owner of Music Therapy Mailings.

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade

Toss-up between Sugar Hill Gang and Boston.

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4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

I felt as though I had so many ideas built-up as a result of so many years in school, internship, master’s program, etc., and I couldn’t wait to compile them all into one book!  I wrote two e-books at the beginning of my music therapy career – a time in my life when I was beginning a private practice and I had some time to devote to writing, designing, and sharing.

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

Playing, planning, and designing via Garageband, iCalendar, and Pages.

6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy

Music in Special Education by Mary Adamek and Alice-Ann Darrow.

In graduate school, this was one of my go-to books for research and terminology in the world of music therapy and working with school-aged children.

7. How would you describe your e-book(s) in three words or less?

Children’s Songs for Therapy:  1) Academic goals, 2) piggybacking, 3) easy-to-learn

Listen, Sing, Speak: 1) Speech + Music, 2) Communication, 3) Bilingual

Inspire: 1) Inspiration, 2) Session ideas, 3) Helpful

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8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

Parents, educators, and therapists.

My e-books are all made out of love, with hard work, and believing 100% that other music therapists could benefit from these resources.

9.  What kinds of music therapy e-books would you like to see more of on MusicTherapyEbooks.com?

Personal encounters/biographies/stories, adult session ideas, and…ANYTHING & EVERYTHING!

10.  Anything else you would like to add?

It has been such a JOY to see/hear/read how many people are interested in creating and/or buying e-books!! Let’s start sharing our ideas with the world, inspiring others in the field, and supporting fellow Music Therapists!!!

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