Saturday, December 19, 2009

December 19, 2009 - Sherri Ross and Bilingual Education

Sherri Ross is currently a music therapist with the Denton Independent School District. She received a bachelor of science and masters of arts both in music therapy from Texas Woman's University. She is also certified to teach music education in the state of Texas. She works with students with developmental, cognitive, physical, emotional, and behavioral disabilities in special education classrooms using music therapy strategies to facilitate progress on students' individual educational goals and objectives. Quite a few of her students are also bilingual, where English is their second language, and another language (mostly Spanish) is spoken in the home. These second language learners were the catalyst for the writing of the first book, "La Salsa", which has now given Sherri ideas for more books, making it into a series. The second book, "La Salsa and the Texas Two-Step" just came out and a third book will be coming soon.

Listen here. This is the website where you can see the book and actually order it too! :)

You can also order directly from Sherri Ross:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December 12, 2009 - Dr. Petra Kern and the World Federation of Music Therapy

This week I'm talking with Dr. Petra Kern, President of the World Federation of Music Therapy. Founded in 1985 in Genoa Italy, the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) is the only worldwide professional organization representing music therapy in many areas of the world. The WFMT is led by an international body, with officers,commissioners, and regional liaisons in Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, India, Ireland, Korea, Spain, U.A.E., and the USA. Listen here. The World Congress of Music Therapy will be in Seoul, Korea in 2011.

Also, The Beck Center has generously donated CDs to give away. Call into the show, sign into chat, or leave a comment here to win the CD! This CD is their second release of their Kids-n-Tunes collection, the first is titled Kids-n-Tunes: A Music Collection for Kids.

A Kids-n-Tunes Christmas features their Kids-n-Tunes Singers, members of the Beck's Youth Choirs, Creative Arts Therapies Staff and other great musicians and friends. The CD includes crayons to color the CD cover's artwork.

The songs include: We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Up On the Housetop, Joy to the World, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, O Christmas Tree, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Silent Night, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Let There Be Peace On Earth. Between each song the children are interviewed about various topics centered around the holidays.

More information can be found about the Beck Center and it's various programs at

The CDs are $12 for the Xmas and $10 for the Music Collection for Kids, plus shipping. OR get them FREE by calling into the show, leaving a comment here, or participating in the chat room!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

December 5, 2009 - Selecting the Right Music

Music can be a powerful tool in our lives and it's important to select music that will promote the action, behavior, or response that you are looking for. Listen now for some tips for selecting the right music.