Five Session Planning Ideas Heading Into Spring
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by GG Team
2M ago
Spring Fever As a school-based music therapist, this time of year is challenging for many of us. Coming out of our own version of hibernation, many of us are feeling the itch of spring fever. This is especially true for those of us here in Northeast Ohio constantly being teased us with brighter days and higher temps and those budding signs of spring. However, it wouldn’t be Northeast Ohio if we also didn’t have those days followed by snow showers, frigid temps, and flowers who decide it’s best not to bloom yet! If you work in schools many of you may have been witness to those bursts of extra ..read more
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Prop Spotlight: Ring Toss Game
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by GG Team
3M ago
If you know me, you know I love using props in my music therapy sessions. Different props can add elements of variety and novelty into sessions which support engagement and participation, so a good prop is a win-win for everyone. One of my personal favorite props to bring into my school groups is a ring toss game with cones. This game is relatively inexpensive, it’s durable, and easy to clean being it’s plastic. I have a set from the Target dollar spot, but have linked a similar one on Amazon here. My biggest tip for implementing this game into sessions is to add a velcro dot to each cone so ..read more
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Self Love
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by Bonnie Hayhurst
4M ago
As I enter my 19th year as a board certified music therapist I still get immense joy out of supporting, learning from and celebrating my clients.  Holidays have always been a fun and easy way to ground my session plans in time. But lately, I’ve been trying to pick monthly themes that can both connect to holiday celebrations but also to my client’s emotional and expressive needs.  We have ALL endured so much in the past few years and no one is exempt from the heaviness we have all been carrying, our clients included.  So, prioritizing a moment of connection in which my clients a ..read more
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New Years Bingo Board
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by GG Team
5M ago
Happy New Year! Happy New Year from all of us at The Groovy Garfoose! What better time to implement new routines and habits into our work than the new year? Check out this New Year’s Bingo Board for music therapists if you’re looking for some ideas as you settle back into work after the holiday season.  Replace Your Guitar Strings If changing your guitar strings is a task that often gets away from you, the new year can be a great natural reminder to get some new strings Write a New Song This idea was inspired by another music therapist at GG, Miss Chelsea. She set a goal in 2023 to ..read more
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Groovy Garfoose Wrapped
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by GG Team
6M ago
Cheers to the New Year Well, we’ve made it.  Whatever this year has looked like for you personally, take some time to acknowledge and appreciate how far you’ve come. Take a deep breath, speak to yourself with some words of kindness, and know that we are rooting for you. For our final blog post of 2023, each member of our team has shared a song that has been personally meaningful to them in 2023. Thanks for following along with our blog this year, and cheers to 2024. Dear Insecurity – Brandy Clark (duet with Brandi Carlisle) “This year I got to see Brandi Carlisle in concert at the Out ..read more
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Now Offering Music Lessons in Stow!
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by Bonnie Hayhurst
7M ago
We are so excited to announce that we are expanding our Stow, Ohio clinic service menu to include music lessons as an option for ages 8 and up! We are pleased to offer individualized lessons on guitar, ukulele, piano, voice, percussion or a combination of instruments led by one of our instructors. Lessons are curated in partnership with the student and their caregiver given the student’s strengths, learning style, music interests and individual music goals they set for themselves with the support of their instructor.  To participate, student’s must be able to attend for at least 30 minu ..read more
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Rockin’ Readers
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by GG Team
9M ago
Calling children pre-k – 3rd grade of ALL abilities to join us for our first ever “Rockin’ Readers” group on Saturday, November 4th @ 11AM at the Twinsburg Public Library! Come join Sarah Chappell, MT-BC and a Twinsburg Librarian for music, stories and sensory-rich crafts. Regardless of how your child learns, communicates, or explores their environment, everyone is welcome with open arms. Learn more about the program from Sarah’s vlog below! Registration for this event is required. Registration opens on Saturday, October 21st at 11:00 am. You can learn more and register here. If you have an ..read more
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Music Therapy and Back to School
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by GG Team
9M ago
Music Therapy & Back to School Oh yeah! It’s that time of the year again. The summer has flown by and it is time for all things back to school. For me, looking at the start of a new school year can be very exciting. I think about all the possibilities that the fresh school year may hold. But! I can also get very intimidated thinking about all of the plans, organization, prep work, and so on that it all entails. Last year, I began my first year of employment with Groovy Garfoose very close to the start of the school year. This year, I’ve had some more time to mentally prepare for how to su ..read more
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Licensure Approved for Ohio Music Therapists
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by GG Team
11M ago
Music Therapy Licensure in Ohio May I see your license? The answer for Ohio Music Therapists will soon be “Yes!” On July 4, 2023, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed music therapy licensure into law after more than 15 years of advocacy from our state’s Association of Ohio Music Therapists (AOMT) Task Force. Ohio Music Therapists will now join the following states who also have achieved licensure – Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia, Washington. What Does This Mean? Licensure in our state will protect the public from anyone falsifying the ..read more
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A Quick Note from Diamond
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by GG Team
1y ago
A Quick Note Hello everyone! I hope all is well and life has shown you a little kindness in your days! I feel very grateful for my time at the Groovy Garfoose. Getting to know you and myself as well has been the highlight of this first half of the year! The growth of my self confidence has really shaped my experience during this internship. My confidence had the power to be my greatest enemy or my key to freedom. At times, I’d freeze during sessions, music completely leaving my mind. But once I utilized the tips below, I began to soar! I hope the tips and the chant below will help you during ..read more
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