Another hat that I wear is that of a board certified music therapist, or MT-BC. This has taken a bit of a back seat in my professional life but I still do some on the side to get my “music fix.” I do regular music therapy groups with a local autism support group as well as several one-on-one clients in their homes for music therapy or adapted piano lessons. These add a happy bit of variety to my normal school life and routines as well as a bit of extra play money.
I bring this up to explore two different trains of thought:
- Humans, in general, love music. It is innate and natural. For students with special needs, that love and natural-ness are often times even more apparent. How have you noticed that your students use or want or even need music? How do you use music in your classroom.
- I find it absolutely necessary to give myself a break daily from school work, especially with as much as I have been doing the last couple weeks but that’s a story for another day. Whether it is cooking, playing piano, seeing clients, watching a TV show episode, or even taking a power nap, I need at least an hour to decompress or process or separate from my “daily grind.” What do you do on the side that gives you the variety or breaks up your daily life so that you can personally survive?
This last week I led a music group on Tuesday evening for the local autism support group. The same group met weekly throughout the summer with me but hadn’t met since early August as I was transitioning into the school year. It was a group of 8 kids under the age of 10. Some with disabilities and some without. It was so much fun! I forget sometimes how easy music is, how easily they respond to music, and how much joy I get out of being around them and seeing their small victories!
Take the time this week to truly LOVE what you do.