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  • time for a freeze dance — and here’s why!

    Summertime always seems to fly by and back to school is right around the corner. Here’s something to consider bringing into the school day (whether during school, before, or after) — a freeze dance. It’s definitely more than just a game. A classic freeze dance helps children practice some important skills while also having a lot of FUN! So what exactly are children learning in this type of musical game? Children are practicing self-regulation skills by listening and responding to the changes in the music (having to stop when the music stops). Responding to and imitating musical elements and changes through movement (ex. fast, slow, stop, go) also help to foster receptive communication skills. A freeze dance can develop motor skills and balance by moving and freezing in different ways. Can provide an opportunity to practice and reinforce academic concepts (see below!) Children also have the freedom to express themselves creatively and emotionally as they dance in their own way to their favourite songs. A freeze dance provides an opportunity to release energy, to reset, and can be used before a task that requires more focus (especially the freeze and breathe idea below). Ready to dance? Try out these fun freeze dance ideas and variations!

  • A 🐝 song for littles - just BEEcause it’s summertime :)

    Oh the simple joys of summer and the beauty of experiencing the world through a child’s eyes. This little bee was sure a sight to see in our backyard (as you can hear by the excitement in the sweet voice in the background). This happy little moment inspired me to share a simple and fun honeybee song with you on a lovely summer day. This one, “Honeybees, Honeybees,” is from my Song and Rhyme Alphabet Cards. You can say it as a rhyme, sing it to the tune of “Sing a Song of Sixpence,” or set it to your own little tune. It goes like this: Honeybees, honeybees flying in the sun Through the summer garden with a gentle hum Tasting all the flowers, one by one They do a happy honey dance when the day is done Fly around just like a honeybee, pretending to stop at each flower to take a taste. It’s fun to make up your own happy honeybee dance at the end of the song too! :) After you sing is a lovely opportunity to practice a little mindfulness and relaxation with some gentle honeybee hums. Take a deep breath in and then let out a long hmmmm sound, just like a honeybee makes. Wishing you a bee-autiful day!

  • take in the sweet sounds of summer with this idea!

    Happy Summer! One of my favourite things about the summertime and the warmer days that come with it is how much easier it is to get out and about, even if it is just for a nice walk around the block (no more bundling the kiddos in layers upon layers here in YEG — at least for a little while). I find that for my little ones and myself, a walk in the fresh air always does us good. And on that note, I thought I’d recommend a book and a fun way to add something a bit different to your next walk through the neighbourhood: why not try a listening walk!? These books below, Listen by Gabi Snyder and The Listening Walk by Paul Showers, follow two children as they walk and take in the sounds around them: from birds singing, to feet tapping, to the sound of children playing, and many more. Both are lovely books to read before or after your very own listening walk. You can even bring along a piece of paper and keep track of all the different sounds that you hear — counting them at the end of the walk (like a scavenger hunt!). The one pictured is from our summer musical activity pack. We pointed to and then marked the pictures as we heard and talked about each sound. And there you have it, a perfect summer activity to practice some mindfulness -- slowing down, listening, and taking in the sounds of summertime. ---- I've also created a free download of 15 summer musical activity ideas, if you’d like some more inspiration :)

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  • Solful Music Therapy - Music Therapy in Edmonton, Alberta

    welcome! warming the spirit and illuminating potential through music and song One does not need to have any formal knowledge of music -- nor, indeed, be particularly musical to enjoy music and respond to it at the deepest levels. Music is a part of being human and there is no human culture in which it is not highly developed or esteemed. — Dr. Oliver Sacks Learn More Community Partnerships Music therapy and music recreation services designed and implemented with care to bring a positive and enriching musical experience to the individuals within your organization/facility. These include: daycares schools hospitals seniors homes group homes day programs Inquire Here A decorative pink curly line A decorative warm yellow curly line Meet Christine Thank you for stopping by! Some of my earliest musical memories are those of my mom singing "You Are My Sunshine" as she tucked me into bed each night. Illustration of a fern These warm memories inspired Solful and help to inform my practice, where I am passionate about connecting with and bringing warmth to others through the beauty that is music. Read More Solful KIDS SHOP Peruse our Wares IDEAS & INSPIRATION Read the Blog POP-UP CLASSES Upcoming Classes ​Check out my new ​Song and Rhyme Alphabet Cards! 26 hand-illustrated alphabet cards accompanied by sweet songs and rhymes to bring them to life! Enjoy sharing some special moments with the littles in your life as you sing, play, and learn. learn more, shop here Subscribe to get exclusive updates Email Join My Mailing List Thanks for subscribing!

  • MUSIC THERAPY | solfulmt

    ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY ​ ​ Music therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains. —Canadian Association of Music Therapists Why music therapy? Music has been known to have a presence within every culture. It is a universal language that supersedes individual differences. For those who are non-verbal or have difficulty expressing their feelings, music is a form of communication that does not require words. It is a safe and beautiful outlet for self-expression. One of the key aspects required for growth and learning is personal motivation. Music itself is a motivator and can lead an individual toward therapeutic goals in a desirable way. Research suggests that musical processing is a multimodal experience accessing many different parts of the brain all at once. As music stimulates neural connections among brain cells, it provides optimal cognitive development for a person. Where can I learn more? ​ Great questions! Here are some trusted, high-quality sources of information about music therapy in the Canadian and Albertan context: ​ Canadian Association of Music Therapists Music Therapy Association for Alberta Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund ​ ​ Of course you can also to reach out to a certified music therapist directly... like yours truly. I'd love to help you out! Contact Christine What are some benefits and outcomes? ​Music therapy interventions help to work toward goal areas such as: ​ Social Emotional Communication (receptive and expressive) Gross and fine motor Cognitive and academic Sensory Creative self-expression What does "doing music therapy" entail? Music therapy interventions include: ​ Singing and playing instruments Musical improvisation Music and movement activities Educational and instructional songs Creating and recording original music Listening to music Illustrated plant with alternate leaf arrangement Illustrated plant with alternate leaf arrangement

  • Contact | Solful Music Therapy | Edmonton

    Contact Christine Christine Fabian, BMT, MTA Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Name Email Subject Message Send Your message was sent successfully! I'll be in touch soon. Thanks!

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