Do you ever have those times where you are just completely obsessed with things? You know, so much so that your friends give you a hard time about it every time they can. Not a DSM-IV type of obsession, just a healthy love and passion for something. Lately, mine has been cupcakes. I don’t know why, but my world just changes when I eat a cupcake with extra frosting (cream cheese if you are wondering). As a music therapist, we go through phases where we are obsessed with certain instruments or activities. Here are my latest:
- Glow in the dark egg shakers and chiquitas. They are the neatest things and kids of all ages love them. I have a student who is almost fully non-verbal, but when I got out the glow in the dark egg he remembered it from the week before and tried to put it under the table where he thought it might glow. Wow! I was shocked what this 2 dollar investment did for one of my students. With Halloween coming up, they are as necessary as jingle bells at Christmas.
- Speaking of Chiquitas, I am also obsessed with the song Matilda the Gorilla. It works on a whole host of letter sounds and the kids enjoy the actions.
- I have been addicted to this classic country website that is every hospice music therapist’s dream. (http://www.classic-country-song-lyrics.com/) What a fabulous resource complete with chords for every song!
It is easy to get burnt-out as a music therapist, but adding new ideas keeps it fresh and exciting for you and the kids. Believe me, I’m just as excited as my non-verbal 3 year old to get out the glow in the dark egg shakers. Check for them on the west music website—they are worth the investment!
Click here for a link to the glow in the dark egg shakers.