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Most of our “friends and fans” know that we offer music therapy services for kids and adults with developmental disabilities, but did you know that we offer music lessons as well??
Music education at our main clinic in Annapolis can look like a variety of different ways. If you are interested in piano, guitar, voice or percussion lessons, keep reading…
One of the awesome therapists on the AMT team, Josh Brown, is also a highly skilled music teacher!
Not only is Josh a classically trained vocalist, but he plays many other instruments as well, including guitar, piano, mandolin, ukulele, trumpet and drums/percussion instruments. While Josh was attending Radford University to earn his bachelors in Music Therapy, he enjoyed leading music for student ministries on campus. Learning to play basic chords on the guitar to accompany group singing is a valuable skill that he loves to teach to others! Playing the cajon (pictured – Josh is sitting on one!) or djembe drum in this type of group is also tons of fun and something Josh enjoys teaching to others. Also while at Radford, Josh taught music theory and voice lessons to Performing Visual Arts high school students at the Governor’s School.
After finishing college coursework, he then completed his internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s school-based program. With that experience as well as working in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Josh understands special education services and different types of learning. He is a pro at understanding the unique learning styles of kids with disabilities, and his training in music therapy gives him the perfect skill sets for adapting music lesson material. Joshua believes that every client has unique and beautiful qualities to give to the world around them, and it’s his goal to uncover and cultivate these gifts!
If you would like to sign up for a FREE first-time lesson, give us a call at 410-697-1812 or email AnnapolisMusicTherapy@gmail.com!
Here in Maryland, we’ve had our first snow of the year, but are still waiting for a real snow day! What’s better than snuggling up inside with your loved ones after a day of making snowman and throwing snowballs? This week, AMT is sharing the soundtrack for your next snow day.
Snow Day (Toby Lightman)
Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Pentatonix ft. Tori Kelly)
Marshmallow World (Dean Martin)
The Snow is Dancing (Debussy)
Polar Bear (Justin Roberts)
Have any songs to add to our snow day round-up? Let us know and we’ll add them to our list!
This week, AMT’s intern Anissa is sharing her #simplysigned version of Jingle Bells! We recommend making your own DIY jingle bells, then listening to a recording or singing acapella as you sign together.
Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with music and cheer! We’ll see you in 2017.
Keep singing and signing,
Anissa & Kerry
Sensory play is a fun way to promote your child’s learning and help them to develop important skills like decision-making, fine and gross motor skills, verbal and nonverbal language and sensory awareness. AMT’s therapists love to incorporate sensory play during music therapy sessions as we work with our clients to create a musical landscape filled with many sounds, textures and sensory experiences.
This month, Miss Kerry is sharing some easy DIY ways to explore December using all 5 senses with your loved ones.
Our friends at Toneworks Music Therapy curated this playlist, which includes contemporary artists singing classic holiday songs. Perfect for all ages!
Touch: Christmas 5 Senses Book
Though this book touches on all 5 senses, we love that kiddos can choose bits of real things to glue on the pages. Use pine needles, ribbon, jingle bells, foam stickers and more to create your own holiday book.
Sight: Peppermint Water Science
Watch what happens to simple holiday candy when plunked in a bin of water! Use red and green peppermints, candy canes or see what happens to other candy when wet.
Make snack time fun with festive treats. Some are healthier than others, but they’re great conversation starters!
Smell: DIY Cinnamon Ornaments
It’s fun to make these 2-ingredient ornaments every year. Choose your favorite cookie cutters, bake and decorate for some festive-smelling treats that look great on a tree or work nicely in a sensory bin.
Have any go-to sensory play ideas you’d like to add to our list? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include your thoughts in this post!
Thanksgiving Song Round-Up
As Thanksgiving draws near, AMT is sharing 3 of our favorite festive songs to sing with your loved ones this November. We wish all of our families a very happy turkey day filled with good food, family and music!
1. Turkey in the Straw (Tennessee Mafia Jug Band). Have a hoedown in your living room as you dance along with this classic. Take turns spinning each other and clapping to the beat.
2. Pumpkin Pie (California Honeydrops). Grab some pots, pans and wooden spoons as you listen and you play along. Can you find any household items that sound like the washboard?
3. The Turkey Pokey. No Thanksgiving is complete without at least one round of the Turkey Pokey! Follow along with the video, or choose your own order as you practice identifying different body parts and following directions in this silly song.
This week, learn to sign one of AMT’s favorite Halloween songs: 5 Little Pumpkins! We love this song because it’s a great way to support early academic skills like counting to 5 and following directions, and can help introduce seasonal concepts to prepare your child for trick-or-treating on Halloween. Sing and sign along with this singable book, a free printable visual or use 5 real pumpkins!
Keep singing and signing,
Anissa & Kerry
Sensory play is a fun way to promote your child’s learning and help them to develop important skills like decision-making, fine and gross motor skills, verbal and nonverbal language and sensory awareness. AMT’s therapists love to incorporate sensory play during music therapy sessions as we work with our clients to create a musical soundscape filled with many sounds, textures and sensory experiences.
This October, Miss Kerry is sharing some of her favorite ways to explore autumn using all 5 senses. All of these ideas are easy to DIY and adapt for use at home with items you already own.
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Listen to this festive playlist and shake your groove thing! Try jumping, twisting, clapping, stomping, snapping, skipping and running to the music to promote fine and gross motor development.
Fill a container with shaving cream, beans, sand or tissue paper and hide some small Halloween toys inside. Encourage your child to touch a range of textures as you sift through the bin together and talk about what you find!
Take a trip to a nearby farm, pumpkin patch or any of these other Halloween alternatives. What colors, shapes and sizes do you see?
Work together to make and eat yummy Halloween snacks, like Jack-O-Lantern milkshakes or ghost pretzels.
Fill a bucket with water and orange food coloring, then sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Dunk small pumpkins and apples into the bucket, whisk the water with kitchen utensils and talk about the different scents you might smell in October.
My name is Anissa, and I’m AMT’s newest music therapy intern. I also make sign language song covers on Youtube (link to channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/atinitiny). This is the first in a new series to help kids and their parents learn some familiar songs in sign language! Learning sign language can promote and strengthen communication skills, language development and familial bonds as you sing and play together. This first video will teach you different ways to sign Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Note: Pidgin Sign English (PSE) is an auxiliary language formed by using the signs and fingerspelling, but not the grammar, of American Sign Language (ASL) in the word order of English, often used in communication between deaf signers and speakers of English.
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This October, join AMT and non-profit partner The Musical Autist for a variety of family fun and informational events throughout Anne Arundel County! We love connecting with new families and friends, and hope to make music with you in the community this month.
Monday October 10th from 5:30-7:30pm: SECAC Special Education Fair
- Severna Park Middle School (450 Jumpers Hole Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146)
- This is a great opportunity to gather resources and meet community service providers and families—don’t forget to stop by our booth and say hi!
Saturday October 15th 11am-2pm: Disability Awareness Day
- Westfield Annapolis Mall near Lord & Taylor
- Disability Awareness Day is a FREE family event with opportunities to connect with self-advocates and community vendors. AMT’s therapists will be there to support your child as they play and explore instruments at our booth!
- We will be providing 30 minutes of live music performance during this event, from some of our music therapy clients and friends of our nonprofit, The Musical Autist.
Saturday October 22nd at 6:30pm: Sensory Friendly Concert
- Anne Arundel Community College: Pascal Center for the Performing Arts (101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012)
- Spend an evening with The Musical Autist and enjoy the musical stylings of Jermaine Gardner, a classical, jazz and contemporary pianist. AMT’s therapists and TMA’s support staff will be available to support your family throughout the performance, in addition to a sensory quiet room, noise reduction headphones and an atmosphere of acceptance and respect!