YouTube Friday: Skoog

Posted: February 15, 2013 in Music Therapy

Here’s an instrument I didn’t know about: the Skoog.  Apparently, it was designed for people with special needs, and they even talk about music therapy on the website.  This video (by comedian Brett Domino) is a good demonstration of it in a comedic setting – well, I think it’s funny.

For more on the Skoog, go to  If it didn’t cost $850, I might be thinking more seriously about getting one.


YouTube Friday: MRI

Posted: February 8, 2013 in YouTube Friday

Hey, I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth!  YTF has been on temporary hiatus since the holidays, and I think I just needed some inspiration to get back to it.  And here it is – an artist named Sivu made this video of him singing while an MRI scan was being taken.  Pretty cool.  The video, by the way, was made to raise awareness of CLEFT, a charity that works with children born with cleft palate.

YouTube Friday: The Peace Carol

Posted: December 21, 2012 in Music Therapy

I was asked recently what my favorite Christmas song was.  I have two: O Come O Come Emmanuel and this one.

I have to hand it to Jimmy Fallon.  He comes up with some creative musical stuff.  I like this one because all the music is made on classroom instruments.

Everything you need to know about pop music in 2012.

YouTube Friday: Hallelujah

Posted: November 30, 2012 in YouTube Friday

Imagine casually eating your lunch at a mall, when suddenly…

YouTube Friday: Dumb Ways to Die

Posted: November 23, 2012 in YouTube Friday

This is a cute, whimsical, strange and slightly graphic safety video.

If this were real, it would be the most awesome thing ever.  Still pretty cool.

YouTube Friday: Kalimba Solo

Posted: November 9, 2012 in YouTube Friday

Watching this makes me think there really needs to be a Kalimba Hero video game…

I’ve been listening to some Harry Chapin recently, and this song came up in my song list:

This is a pretty sad song when you think about it.  And it gives you something to think about – we want our children to be creative and to express themselves, but anytime we stifle that creativity, it leaves a mark.  And not to go off on a political tangent, but that’s a good reason why the arts are needed in our schools – if we cut them out, we have effectively told children that they are no longer allowed to be creative.  And that’s going to leave a huge mark, not just on the kids, but on everyone.

Anyway.  After hearing the song, my thoughts went back to a video I saw several years ago:

This video was made by Amanda Baggs, a woman with autism.  She wanted to explain about how she interacts with the world, and how it’s different from how we the “normal” people interact.  In relation to the previous video, it makes me wonder how right we are as professionals to be trying to enforce “normal” behaviors on people with autism, and making no effort to understand how they are expressing themselves.  Music, like art, is a good gateway to that interaction, but there’s so much more out there.

A little deeper than my usual YTF fare, I know.  But, as this seems to be the only thing I can get posted recently, I thank you for sitting through it.