Google Chrome Music Lab

Yesterday, Google’s Doodle celebrated Clara Rockmore’s 105th birthday. In her childhood, Clara was trained to play the violin, which she finally gave up due to physical strain. But then, Clara discovered what could be considered the coolest adaptive instrument… the theremin! The Theremin allows the performer to manipulate pitch with the free movement of one hand, and control volume with smooth gestures of the other. Google developed this Doodle, which lets you play music similar to the way you would perform on the theremin.

Alright, so this Doodle is a lot of fun, but if you read the description, you will also discover Chrome Music Lab. In recognition of Music In Our Schools Month, Google developed some really bright and engaging programs that allows users of all ages to “create, analyze, and visualize music right in the browser.” Experience and experiment with rhythm, harmony, melody, arpeggios, sound waves, spectrograms, harmonics, and more. Plus, “Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own.”


Shout-Out! New Jersey’s “Music Therapy Clinician” Journal


The New Jersey Association for Music Therapy has begun a really exciting initiative; available for free online is their peer-edited, open access, “journal-zine” called the Music Therapy Clinician. Check out their premier publication here, and given time, you will be able to access future volumes here. For more frequent updates, you might also like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.


Shout-Out! Conscious Discipline Songs for Kids

Margie La Bella is a music therapist and educator who regularly updates her website with tremendous songs and resources. She co-facilitates school sessions focusing on “Conscious Discipline” for children, which in her words is “a wonderful philosophy on teaching kids and adults about their feelings… It’s all about dealing with feelings in the moment and using them to foster positive relationships – even when it gets ‘messy.'” She shares several of her songs, which are piggybacked on familiar repertoire, such as “When I’m Feeling Happy” to learn behaviors associated with emotions set to “Apples and Bananas,” noticing and responding to emotions set to “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” and “self-regulation take-a-breath song” set to “Hokey Pokey.” I love them! They were so easy to learn and will be very helpful in practice. Thank you Margie!


Shout-Out! “Why I Want to Change the World with Music Therapy”

This presentation was delivered by Erin Seibert, an MT-BC working in St. Petersburg, FL. She wrote about this TEDx talk on her blog, Music Therapy Time. As she concludes, “January is Music Therapy Advocacy month on social media. Please feel free to share this talk with other music therapy professionals, clinicians, administrators, family members, friends, anyone! Let’s spread the word on what music therapy is, how we can better include it in our healthcare world, and encourage its inclusion as a household name.”


King’s Love

Martin Luther King, Jr. advanced racial equality, elimination of poverty, and reversal of a militaristic state through nonviolent civil disobedience. This moral means towards moral ends requires us to realize our intimate interrelatedness, and to love each human being regardless of our physical appearance, the institutions of which we are a part, what someone believes, how we behave, or any other attribute which propagates an “us” versus “them.” How can you love the person when you hate the deed? In honor of this persistent and urgent philosophy, here are King’s own words on the issue from a 1963 speech at the Western Michigan University. Consider the political and sociological intentions, as well as the possible personal and clinical applications, of this call to action.
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Shout-Out! on Mental Health

Erin Seibert, MT-BC works in mental health. She follows an earlier post exploring the way we think about MH, by now sharing some really helpful interventions that you can use in in MH or other clinical populations. Activities include a beach ball game, blackout songwriting, a wise adaptation of musical hangman, and blues songwriting – Check it out here! I appreciated her statement of clinical goals, concise descriptions of the interventions, as well as additional adaptations and things to consider.

Next, read her subsequent post, Iso-Principle in ‘Inside Out.'”