Social Ties

by admin on September 14, 2015

weak-ties

I have been having great success with a social skills project I created that incorporates technology, music, and social skill rehearsal.  I named it “Social Ties” and I have been exploring different social scripts and interventions with some of my young adult and adult clients.  The program involves creating a slideshow with video responses to various social skill topics like: Introductions and Getting to Know You Better.  Many scripts can be explored musically first, as a way to practice the conversations.  Once learned, the student assists in creating a slideshow to share with other participants.  The student, then in turn, receive slideshows from other participants, and has the opportunity to practice with the video, before trying it out live.  I am looking for other music therapists who would like to demo the program, create slideshows with their students to share, share intervention strategies, and then work up to live chats over the computer.  Please have some experience working with technology: creating and editing movie clips, working with slideshow presentations, etc.

You can contact me at: wade@spectrumcreativearts.org

 

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Back to School

by admin on September 14, 2015

Back_to_school

It’s September!  School is back in session, and I wanted to combine a welcome back song with identifying different school subjects.  For some of my students, I provide music support specifically to address academic skills.  By singing through “Back to School”, I have a fun way to outline  different subjects, and then later either assess specific skills within these subject areas, or find out which subjects  my students prefer.  For one of my students, he selects the subject he would like to work on by choosing it on either his device, or my iPad.  On my iPad, I use the app Proloquo2Go.  It is so easy to add new folders, voicings, and icons.  Below is a snap shot of the board I created just for this song.  (It took less than 2 minutes to do so!)

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I love creating slideshows for new songs and concepts I am working on with students, so below is the link to the PDF file for “Back to School”.  Also, rather than recording the song, I simply provided you with a PDF of the score.

Back to School PDF slideshow

Back to School Score

Back to School

Now, that I am back to school

And the summer’s almost through,

More to learn and more to do,

Now, that I am back to school.

 

Social Studies and Science,

Reading and Writing,

Spelling and Sports,

Music and Math.

 

Now, that I am back to school

And the summer’s almost through,

More to learn and more to do,

Now, that I am back to school.

 

Learn from teachers,

Play with friends,

Eat my lunch,

Back to school again.

 

Now, that I am back to school

And the summer’s almost through,

More to learn and more to do,

Now, that I am back to school.

Now, that I am back to school.

 

 

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Down By the Beach

August 3, 2015

This summer I have been providing extended school year programming to some of the school districts I contract with through Spectrum Creative Arts. I love when a classroom has a particular theme for the week or month. In one of the classrooms I provide group music therapy, the theme for the last few weeks has been the OCEAN! This particular classroom […]

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“Fearless”- Music Therapy Advocacy Month 2015

January 19, 2015

For my contribution to the theme of re:VISION for Music Therapy Advocacy Month, I decided to outline some of challenges I have faced over the years in various settings, and the positive outcomes from the advocacy work. I created the song “Fearless” as a personal anthem that can be used to pump yourself up before […]

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

October 15, 2014

While working on calendar skills and social questions, I composed a song to work on both.  I isolated three days on the calendar, to work on labeling yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  I found that isolating these three days helped students learn the concept faster.  I created a simple board to use as a visual support, […]

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Follow the Classroom Rules

September 25, 2014

For one of the school district classrooms I consult with, the classroom teacher requested a song to assist her students in remembering, and understanding, the basic rules of the classroom.  I created a song and video for the teacher to use in the classroom, and we also outlined some basic movements that could be used […]

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Ladybug, Ladybug

June 25, 2014

I recently featured “Ladybug, Ladybug” on the June episode of On-The-Go Studio Podcast.  I talked about creating the song to address fine motor skills and to learn parts of the body. I love signing this song with children, so I quickly put together a short sign language tutorial for the song, enjoy!   To receive […]

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Drumming to Foster Fluency in Speech: The Winter Olympics

February 13, 2014

  In a previous post, Drumming to Foster Fluency in Speech, I talked about using the drum to impact fluency (and articulation) in speech training experiences.  I wanted to share one of my recent topics, the Winter Olympics!  The sentences I created are a representation of the ones I use with teenagers, young adults, and […]

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Step by Step Movement Cards

February 9, 2014

Recently, I presented at the Nazareth College Music Therapy Mini-Conference and the Greater Rochester  American Orff Schulwerk Association workshop.  During both presentations, one of the highlights was presenting a fun creative dance experience that included using movement cards I had created a few years ago and posted about.  I decided to revise the movement cards, […]

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“We Are…Ambassadors for Music Therapy”

January 29, 2014

After just completing a 5-hour Orff Schulwerk workshop for our local Greater Rochester American Orff Schulwerk Association, I realized my post for advocacy was created for me!  One of the songs I shared at the workshop was “We Are Who We Are”.  At Spectrum Creative Arts, we recently completed a video showcasing some of our […]

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