Saturday, May 20, 2017

Need Some New "Tunes" for your Classroom or your Little Ones?

Need some new "tunes" for your classroom or your little ones? Be sure to check these out.

You can find them on Bandcamp and can purchase songs individually or as an album. Download them digitally! Time to get dancing!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Love U So

Mother's Day is right around the corner and is there anything better than hearing, "Mommy, I Love You?" 

I wrote this song years ago after my son, who was 3 at the time, crawled in my lap and said "I Love You" for the first time. At first I thought he must have done something wrong!

When I went to record it, I thought it would be cool to have my daughter, who was 7 at the time do the vocals. I think she did a great job - but of course, I'm a bit biased!

So...enjoy the video and music. If you'd like to download the song to use with your kids or in your classroom, you can find it here: Love U So

Oh - and Happy Mother's Day!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Music Therapy Show with Janice Lindstrom

Tomorrow I will be a guest on The Music Therapy Show with Janice Lindstrom. She's invited me on the show to talk about the release of my book entitled Music for Special Kids: Musical Activities, Songs, Instruments and Resources published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

If you would like to listen to the show, you can hear it via this link:

If you would like to phone in with a question, call (646) 652-2850.
The show starts at 12:00 noon Eastern time, Friday, May 4. 

Give Yourself a Hug

Need a hug? Who doesn't? Here's a song I wrote many years ago that's great for self affirmation and a fun circle time song. Have your children help you think up actions for extra verses. Be good to yourself today and "Give Yourself a Hug"!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall, really?

Oh my gosh! Where did the summer go? It seems we were just singing about warm weather, swimming and all the fun activities that summer brings. The kids are back in school and the leaves are starting to turn! I was looking for some new ideas for Fall activities and ran across the DLTK website, which is chock full of activities, games, recipes, poems and even a few songs. I'll be posting some new musical activity ideas for Fall in the next month, but in the mean time you should check out this web page:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where is Fred? Song for Communication Skills by Meghan Callaghan

Today's wonderful post and video entitled "Where is Fred?" was provided by Music for Special Kids guest blogger Meghan Callaghan. Meghan is a Board Certified Music Therapist and the Director of Music Therapy Services at Flagstaff Music Therapy in Flagstaff, Arizona. Get more information on Flagstaff Music Therapy through her website:
or her Facebook page:

“Where is Fred?” Song for Communication Skills

For those of you who work on speech and communication goals with young children, here is a great resource to add to your bag of tricks! I wrote this simple song to help support skills such as learning prepositions, turn taking, articulation, and using descriptive language. This activity a hit with little ones, it’s very fun and playful and keeps their attention time after time.

I use a wooden frog rasp as a prop. Between each verse, the therapist or teacher hides the frog. The child searches for the frog as the first two lines are sung. After singing, “Where is Fred?” the child has the opportunity to respond, and the therapist can help cue or re-direct the child if needed. The verse finishes with everyone singing together “Fred is under the drum” (for example).

“Where is Fred?”

Funny Fred the funny frog
Funny Fred is hiding
Where is Fred?
(spoken response)
Fred is ___________________________ .

©Meghan Callaghan

Adapt it!
Use pictures or small stuffed animals instead of a wooden frog rasp.

You can change the animals name if working on particular articulation goals (for example: “Silly Sara the silly snake” or “Jumping Jim the jumping cat.”)
Take turns hiding the prop with the child.