“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, involve me and I will understand.”
-Benjamin Franklin

At Conference, I was introduced to the book, “What’s Your Genius?”  I’m working my way through it now, and I’ve been delighted by the wonderful quotes that are sprinkled throughout the text.  I’ll share more as I move through the book.

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An Unexpected Conference

April 2, 2012

I recently attended the Southwest Region American Music Therapy Association Conference (www.wramta.org)  in Salt Lake City, UT.  To be honest, I went for one reason; to earn Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) credits.  This is not, on it’s own, a poor reason to attend a professional conference;  however, I fully expected to show up, get the “check in the box,” and leave.

What a delightful surprise, then, to be fully swept up in the first session that I attended, and to remain completely engaged for the duration of the conference.  On Thursday, I went to a CMTE Course presented by Kevin Hahn, MT-BC, entitled “Structured and Spontaneous Lyric Analysis: Facilitating Effectively While Managing Clinical Realities.”  I primarily work with children on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities, and with older adults who are dealing with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.  As such, I rarely have the opportunity to engage my clients in activities such as lyric analysis.  What I appreciated about the session, though, was the opportunity to connect with therapists who ARE working with populations with which it is appropriate to lead lyric analysis, and to hear their thoughts and experiences.  I also appreciated the opportunity to shake the dust off of my own Toolbox, and to give some attention to a skill set that has been neglected.

On Friday, I attended an “Umbrella Grouping” of concurrent sessions, all related to the topics of “Entrepreneurship and Business Development.”  The Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) http://cbmt.org/, recently revised the certification guidelines for music therapists, and music therapists can now earn CMTE’s for attending a grouping of related sessions at Conference.  I love this development.  And I LOVED the grouping of sessions I attended!  Mayu Kawata’s presentation on Practical Marketing Tools was eye-opening, and the information that Sarah Sendlbeck shared on branding through social networking was challenging and inspiring.  Finally, Rachel McCauley’s presentation on the Economics of Music Therapy showed me that with proper work and planning, one CAN make a viable living in this field.  My greatest take-away from each presentation was that I need to devote time every day to the development of my business.  Whole Note Music Therapy should not just be my hobby, but something that I work on daily.

In the aftermath of the Conference, I have been brainstorming to no end.  My LinkedIn account has had more action in the last seven days than in the entire time I’ve been a member.  I am developing an awareness of the importance of social networking and the time/energy required to be an active participant in the online professional community.  I am also aware of the work I need to do to expand my client base and build my studio.  Now, I need only do it.

Performance Practice

August 7, 2010

I firmly believe that part of musicianship is performance.  Thus, I embrace every performance opportunity that comes my way.  In the Spring, I was invited to join a new women’s harmony group called “The Forget Me Nots.”  We sing original music by the group’s founder, Veronica, and we also sing Veronica’s arrangements of popular songs from the 40’s and 50’s.  Last Friday the group debuted to a very responsive audience in San Diego.  I’d like to share with you the solo that I sang as part of the show.  You can also find videos of our other songs to watch.

The Whole Note Voice Studio is currently accepting students… and is ready to create performance opportunities.  Contact me today to arrange your lesson time!  Special discount if you mention this blog…

Voice Lessons

July 30, 2010

What an exciting week for Whole Note!  We are now offering voice lessons in San Diego, and accepting students for the Fall!  Voice lessons will be offered in the afternoon/evening, and are 30 minutes in length.  For more information about Whole Note Voice Lessons in San Diego, let me refer you to the webpage. http://www.wholenotemusictherapy.com/pages/voice.html

One of my favorite parts of the Whole Note experience in 2008-09 was the Voice Studio.  In about a year and a half the studio grew from six singers in our first recital, to twenty+ in our fourth and final recital.  It was wonderful to see students grow from recital to recital, and to see them seek out and excel in performance opportunities outside the Whole Note studio as well.

I am excited to have the opportunity to bring Voice Lessons to San Diego now.  My teaching philosophy is that it’s my responsibility to help singers become excellent, well-rounded, “whole” musicians.  We examine all aspects of a song and learn about music theory, diction, and performance practice, in addition to the basics of vocal health and efficient technique.  I believe that anyone can have a successful singing experience if he/she is willing to put in the work and to apply the skills taught in lessons.  As with many things, the best singers are not necessarily the most “gifted,” but are the ones who put the most effort, time, and care into their craft.  And at Whole Note, I strive to inspire and guide all students towards their capabilities, and to help them achieve their personal goals.

I would love to talk to you more about why I love teaching singing.  What questions do you have for me?

The mission of Whole Note is to Make People Whole with Every Note… this blog is just a piece of the Whole picture…

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Looking forward seeing this new element of Whole Note develop, and so glad to have you on the journey!