Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Music Therapy

Reading about the topic of Music Therapy recently, I was fully engaged in learning more about a colleague, Amber Bobnar of Boston Children's Music, and her son, Ivan. She lists the benefits of incorporating music with children:

Music can facilitate:

fine and gross motor skills
social skills
patterning (such as counting or pre-reading skills)
fostering memories

Amber goes on to discuss why you might want to "bring more music into your home to help encourage your child's development."

This is a subject I am keenly interested in and want to learn and share more about. You can read more here at Amber's "Wonder Baby" site.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year and New Dreams!

I recently got asked to join a renowned singer/songwriter at a family concert he was doing in our area. I consider this a milestone in my music career. He’s a Grammy nominee and has traveled all over the world sharing his beautiful, life-affirming songs. Here’s more about him: http://www.redgrammer.com/ And he wanted to sing—with—-me.

I almost said no. It would be a stretch for me and take me out of my comfort zone. I knew I'd be feeling those stabs of adrenaline and pre-show jitters more so than usual. And I’ve been doing shows for many years. But then I thought, “if I don’t do it, how will I feel?” You know the answer to that. So I did it---gulp---and am so glad I did. The main reason? Meeting him, Red Grammer. He was so amazingly professional and gracious and grounded. A role-model, a gem, a loving co-creator.

This opportunity must have resulted from the goal-settings and raising-the-bar work and affirmations I’ve been doing : )

What do you aspire to? Do you spend much time thinking “in your wildest dreams” type thoughts? If there’s one thing I’ve gotten from connecting with all the positive movers and shakers in Social Media it’s definitely: Go for your Dreams! Focus on what you most desire in Life! Believe in yourself, and know that we believe in you too! Here is a community that knows the power of positive thinking!!!