Virtual Music Therapy Library

Week One – April 2, 2020

This week Steven Amburn BC-MT, music therapist and owner of First Coast Music Therapy will introduce our new virtual music therapy/music class platform. For more information, please contact Karen at info@ConnectingThruMusic.com

CONNECTING THRU MUSIC’s MISSION:

To provide music therapy and related music services to enhance the cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth and development of the children with special needs in Duval County.

Connecting Thru Music Partners with First Coast Music Therapy board certified music therapists and music teachers experienced working with children with special needs.

Connecting Thru Music is committed to raising awareness of the efficacy of music therapy for children with special needs

Music therapists –

  • have a minimum of a 4-year degree- many are masters prepared
  • are board certified
  • complete a 6-month internship

Connecting Thru Music sessions include-

  • an assessment by the music therapist
  • learning through music by board certified music therapists and music teachers who are experienced working with children with special needs
  • goals
  • reassessments
  • are data driven
  • curriculum themes consistent with academic learning
  • core words

 

Music Therapy is covered by Staywell and WellCare-please advocate so that all insurance companies cover this important therapy

Connecting Thru Music is community funded. We need your help to bring awareness and funding. Speak to local organizations and businesses. 

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If you are interested in free* virtual music lessons for your child, please-Contact us at info@ConnectingThruMusic.com-   904-310-4827.    *free for students in after school programs who have a contract with CTM-funded by The Kids Hope Alliance

Week Two – April 7, 2020

This week Dinah Frilling, co -founder of Connecting Thru Music, songwriter, lead singer for her band Cain’t Never Could, music /Kindermusik teacher shares with us two songs that she wrote for CTM. “Hello” and “Good-bye”. All CTM music therapy and music classes start and end with a hello and good-bye song to provide structure and repetition for the children. Each session also contains songs and lessons to address goals for the group or specific to the child , a curriculum theme and core words. Please take a moment to enjoy the video and then share it with your child daily-the words are below along with additional information about music therapy and an example of the goals that are used for your child. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@ConnectingThruMusic.com

Week Three – April 13, 2020

This week First Coast Music Therapy owner Steven Amburn MT-BC presents a lesson on how to make a homemade rice shaker-( below the videos please see interesting ways to create other musical instruments at home!)
Also Madison Whelan MM, MT-BC, FCMT presents  “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” for you to share and enjoy with your child/children.

Please enjoy and share with your children!!!                                                         CTM original songs written by co-founder Dinah Frilling CTM music teacher 🎶🎶🎶🎶

 

CTM’s HELLO SONG:

 

Hello! Hello!

How do you do?

It’s good to be with you!

So, clap your hands

And sing along with me

Hello, how do you do?

 

Hello! Hello!

How do you do?

It’s good to be with you!

So, wave your hands

And sing along with me

Hello, how do you do?

 

 

CTM’s GOODBYE SONG: 

Key of D

 

Goodbye, goodbye

I’ll see you real soon

Goodbye, goodbye

I’ll see you real soon

Thank you for Connecting Thru Music with me

(Repeat)

Learn more about music therapy and the goals that we use to help children to learn and develop skills.

Connecting Thru Music and First Coast Music Therapy are committed to assuring that children with disabilities throughout Duval County and northeast Florida receive music therapy and music classes intended to assist the child with cognitive, social, emotional, communicative and physical learning and development.

 

We would like to share information with you so that your child receives the best possible experience and so that you can assist us in spreading the word, advocating and sharing your child’s success stories with our community.

 

We are often asked what the difference is between a music teacher and a music therapist?

Music Therapists have a minimum of a 4-year degree, many are masters prepared, are board certified and complete a 6-month internship.  They teach developmental, emotional, social, cognitive, physical, communicative and academic skills through music similar to a physical, occupational or speech therapist. Music Therapists develop goals and a plan of learning for the client.

Music teachers have a degree or training in music and use those skills to teach music and to reinforce the goals set by the music therapist. While experiencing the joy of music and movement with the student’s basic music theory, vocabulary, and instrument exploration is introduced by the music teacher. Utilizing their music background our music teachers reinforce the goals the music therapists have created for each child in an engaging interactive experience

 

This is an example of what your child’s music goals may look like.

Curriculum: Community helpers/transportation, counting

Goal 1: Client will increase nonverbal communication by signing “All done” and “More” with no more than 2-3 verbal and tactile prompts by May 20th

Goal 2: Client will increase cognition by following 1 step directions with no more than 2-3 verbal and tactile prompts by May 20th

Goal 3: Client will make a choice between two manipulative 3 times during one session with no more than 2-3 verbal and tactile prompts by May 20, 2020.

Thank you so much for your participation and support! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: info@ConnectingThruMusic.com / 904-310-4827

Karen Demuth, Executive Director

Please follow up at Facebook/Instagram                                    ConnectingThruMusic / ConnectingThruMusic.com

Week Four – April 20, 2020

This week Dinah shares a “core words” song entitled “I Like You” which she wrote and shares with the children weekly during our in-school and afterschool (now virtual) program.

Core words refer to the small number of words that make up > than 70%-90% of what we say on a daily basis. The teachers, speech therapists, music therapists and other modalities utilize and integrate core words throughout the school day and sessions to assist with language and other skills. Collaborating with other disciplines and using songs like “I Like You” is one of the many ways that Connecting Thru Music is using music to assist in development and learning.

Also enjoy special songs performed by Steven Amburn, MT-BC and Laura Cahoon, MM, MT-BC and a lesson on how to make a musical rain stick at home by Madelyn LaPrade, MM, MT-BC of First Coast Music Therapy, LLC.

Week Five – April 27, 2020

“Music is Over” – Led by Erica Fernandez, MM, MT-BC
Music therapists are trained to work with students using a variety of communication methods and this is a goodbye song that incorporates sign language! “Music is Over” is as much a sensorimotor experience (fine and upper extremity gross motor integration) as it is an exercise in non-verbal communication and inclusion. Learn the signs and sing along!

“My Little Sister Ate One Hare” – Led by Madison Whelan, MM, MT-BC
Using the storybook “My Little Sister Ate One Hare”, Ms. Madison and song helps to facilitate the development of sequencing skills. We encourage you to play along with the beat using body percussion, shakers (check our DIY shaker video), or a pot-and-pans drum set (wooden spoons make great drumsticks)! Test your memory – can you remember what she ate next? Sing along and see if the music helps you remember!

“Freeze Dance” – Led by Laura Cahoon, MM, MT-BC
This song helps facilitate the development of cognitive skills such as attention and impulse control. Listen closely so that you don’t miss the cue to “freeze!” Just like Ms. Laura says, “Dance any way you want to!” Just remember to stop when she says, “Freeze!”

Week Six – May 4, 2020

“Days of the Week” – Led by Erica Fernandez, MM, MT-BC

This is a great song to help learn the days of the week! Sing and snap or clap along with Ms. Erica as she breaks down the calendar. Can you remember all the days and get them in order? Learn the days and their sequence in this quick and fun video!

“3 Bears” – Led by Madison Whelan, MM, MT-BC
This fun video is great for all ages! Pat your knees and clap along with Ms. Madison if that’s your speed or test your memory and sequencing skills to see if you can remember what comes next. Was it Momma Bear or Daddy Bear? And what came next, the porridge or the bed? Enjoy!!!

 

“5 Green and Speckled Frogs” – Led by Erica Fernandez, MM, MT-BC & FCMT Team
This childhood favorite was a collaboration by all of the board certified music therapists from First Coast Music Therapy, LLC. Start by learning the signs with Erica, then test your skills by signing along! We must warn you, though, it will get harder as we count down so pay close attention!

 

“How-to Instruments: Rubberband Guitar” – Led by Steven Amburn, MT-BC
This rubberband guitar can be made with any empty container that has an opening. Simply stretch rubberbands around the container, making sure that a length of the rubberband is across its opening, then adjust its tension to change the pitch! Tighter is higher and looser is lower. Try containers of different sizes or shapes and experiment with different rubberbands to see what sounds you can create!

 

Week Seven 

“What are you Feeling” – Led by Madelyn LaPrade, MM, MT-BC

Communication is more than just the spoken word! Learn ASL signs with Ms. Madelyn! In this video, Ms. Madelyn shows us how to ask someone, “What are you feeling?” Then, learn how to respond with “happy,” “sad,” “mad,” or “excited!” So, can you communicate your feelings without using words? Watch with a friend and then test your skills by signing to each other!

“Banana Dance” – Led by Madison Whelan, MM, MT-BC
Get up and get moving with Ms. Madison in this fun video! Shuck the corn, mash those potatoes, rock the house and more in this fun and engaging song. Watch with children and help them move their body along with with video so they feel what they see! This helps to build important connections in the brain and can encourage them to engage with the outside world!

 

“Tick Tock” – Led by Erica Fernandez, MM, MT-BC
Follow along with Ms. Erica in this video about animals! Use wooden spoons, pencils, or your fingers in place of Rhythm Sticks, and “tick tock” along to the beat! Move your stick like Ms. Erica and remember to “knock” 3 times! Can you think of other animals? Try a bumble bee or even a shark! Enjoy!!!

 

“How-to Instruments: Rubberband Guitar” – Led by Steven Amburn, MT-BC
This rubberband guitar can be made with any empty container that has an opening. Simply stretch rubberbands around the container, making sure that a length of the rubberband is across its opening, then adjust its tension to change the pitch! Tighter is higher and looser is lower. Try containers of different sizes or shapes and experiment with different rubberbands to see what sounds you can create!