Celebrate Mother’s Day with Music at LIH!

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We welcome you to join us to celebrate, honor, and remember a special mother in your life!  We will have three very different music-making opportunities occurring the week following Mother’s Day.  

Mom, Music, and Marigolds 
Come sing, play, dance, and plant as we celebrate the joy of motherhood!  Each child will plant a marigold as a special way to remember their time spent at Life In Harmony!  We invite families to bring a favorite blanket to sit on during music time.
Friday, May 19, 2017:  10:30 – 11:15 AM 
$5 per Mom + 1 child or $7 per family

Mom, Music, and Memories
Come join in making music together, reminisce about special memories from the past, and share what you cherish about the important women in your life.  This event is designed to celebrate mothers whose children have already left the nest.  
Saturday, May 20, 2017:  11:05 – 11:50 AM
$5 per Mom + 1 adult or $7 per family

Music for those Missing Mom (or a Grandmother or Great-Grandmother)
We welcome those who are missing a very special mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother, to come together to reflect, share, grieve, and express through a healthy outlet (music-making, music listening, and music-based discussion).  
Wednesday, May 17, 2017: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
$5 per person or $7 per family

All three events will take place at our facility:
Life In Harmony Music Therapy, LLC
860 Mill Street N #2, West Salem, WI 54669

Payment can be made in the form of cash, check (made out to LIH MT, LLC), or at our Square Store (Music Enrichment Service).

“To Begin, Begin!”

Spring is here and you can see, hear, and smell the neighborhood buzzing with life. It seems people come out of the woodwork to take down overdue Christmas decorations, grill a steak, go for a run, walk the dog, or bike around the neighborhood.  Were you one of the thousands who set a goal to exercise more in 2017?  Did you buy a gym membership or lace up new shoes only to find yourself less motivated as the calendar months passed?  There’s no reason to need to wait until January 1, 2018 comes around to restore your motivation.  Spring is the perfect time to try again so we encourage you… to begin, simply begin… or begin again with some extra motivation (music and green grass)!


“For me the greatest companion for exercising is music. Recently, I forgot my iPod before running and gave up much quicker than usual.  So, why is music helpful when we exercise? The key is that music is motivating! Have you ever been working out and feel you are ready to quit when a great song comes on and you think, “Yeah, I can finish through this song.” It helps us stay motivated to finish strong. Another part of music is that it is rhythmic. Instinctually, we run or walk to the beat of music to which we are listening. This is why when driving and listening to a fast song, you may find yourself slightly over the speed limit. If you feel like your work out needs a boost, try adding some faster-paced songs or songs that have encouraging lyrics (you can do it, keep going, etc.) and see how it affects your workout. Another tip is creating playlists that last for the duration of the workout you are going for. This way you can keep pace and know your workout will last a certain amount of time. I would recommend the Spotify app and use their running or workout genres. You can also use iTunes to create playlists that you could measure the time with.  So as you reevaluate where you are with a New Year’s resolution that has possibly plateaued, add a little music (and warm weather) and see if it makes difference. It did for this music therapist that was more of a light walker to now a proud 5k runner. My inspiration to you to help get started is to get ready, get set, and go (and don’t forget to push play)!” ~ Katherine Sherrill, Neurologic Music Therapist at LIH


Katherine from LIH after completing the 2016 Turkey Trot!

The 12 Songs of Christmas


Each December, we offer an opportunity to our clients to share their joy on our “Sounds of the Season” Christmas CD as well as through our “12 Songs of Christmas” video series.  This year, we had three hours of songs shared by our clients!

We hope the sounds heard at LIH brighten your spirit!
(All videos are shared with the permission of the client/parent/guardian).



Click here to see the videos from 2015!

Give the gift of MUSIC!

Give the Gift of MUSIC!  Instrument suggestions for Santa’s Elves
Have you thought about giving your child or grandchild a musical gift this holiday season that will do more than just entertain?  As a team of musicians and music therapists, we are happy to offer some suggestions that will assist in developing functional skills as well (i.e. motor, communication, cognitive, etc.).  When looking for these items, we encourage you to shop and support local music stores and businesses. We have also provided a link where the products can be purchased online if not found locally.

$1 – $10

Quack stick

  • We recommend this small instrument for ages 3 and up. It produces a duck-like sound and is great for working on grasping and hand movements!
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  • We recommend this instrument for ages 3 and up. Kazoos are great for working on exercising oral muscles and working on breath control and support!
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  • Castanets are small and fairly inexpensive. We recommend this instrument to work on finger strength and pincer grasp.
  • Find it here

Egg Shakers

  • Egg shakers are small, affordable, and great for all ages. They’re perfect for working on grasping and easy to play!
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Echo Microphones

  • We recommend these toy microphones for young children. They’re inexpensive and can most likely be found in a local dollar or toy store! These microphones are great for children working on developing voice production and speech because they are motivating and offer opportunity to take turns vocalizing (just by pointing the microphone in a specific direction) to indicate “your turn”/”my turn”.
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$10 – $25

Rain Stick

  • Rain sticks come in a wide variety of designs, shapes, and sizes, which make them perfect for any age! They are especially great for hand-eye coordination, grasping, and hand movement.
  • Find it here

Lollipop Drum

  • These hand-held paddle drums are designed to look like lollipops! They’re great for grasping, hand-eye coordination, and hand/arm movements.
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Small Parachute

  • Even though parachutes are not musical instruments, we find them very helpful in our practice. They have handles that are easy to hold and make it easy to move the parachute up, down, and lots of different ways!
  • Find it here

$25 – $50

Small Keyboard (Casio SA-46)

  • These mini keyboards are a new addition to our instrument library, and we absolutely LOVE them! These keyboards are portable and come with hundreds of programmed sounds and rhythms. They’re great for little hands to work on finger strength and fine motor skills.
  • Find it here

Floor Tom

  • These small drums sit elevated just off the ground and produce sound with little effort. Great for hand-eye coordination, grasping mallets, and arm strength!
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  • This unique instrument produces sound by moving air through a keyboard. Great for working on oral exercises, breath support, and breath control. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
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Wind Chimes

  • This instrument produces a big sound with little effort or skill! Great for interaction and arousal with all ages!
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  • Ukuleles are great first instruments. They are affordable, portable, and easy to use for smaller hands. Great for beginners!
  • Find a variety of options here

Tall Gathering Drum

  • This taller drum also produces sound with minimal effort and can be played with either a mallet or hands. Great for hand-eye coordination or helping little ones stand and support themselves!
  • Find it here


Q Chord

  • This digital audio instrument can play chords like a piano and guitar and play melody as well, all at the touch of a button! Minimal skill required. Great for hand-eye coordination, cognitive development (arousal, etc.) and fine motor skills.
  • Find it here

Thank you to our Amazing Volunteers!

In reflection of National Volunteer Week (April 10th – April 16th) we wanted to highlight a few volunteers who have helped us out at LIH over the past year!  These volunteers have assisted us in working with out clients by holding instruments, making visuals, and cleaning instruments after sessions.  Helping at LIH a music therapy volunteer allows individuals an opportunity to experience music therapy first hand and is a great way for students to determine if music therapy is a profession they would enjoy in the future.  This week we would like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted with our most recent recital as well as the faces we’ve seen on a regular basis at LIH.

VOLUNTEER: Morgan Welch
“My name is is Morgan Welch. I am a junior at UW-LaCrosse double majoring in psychology and music.  I teach piano lessons in the La Crosse area and have always loved music. When I leaned I could use music to benefit others I knew that was what I wanted to do. After I graduate from UW-L I plan on going to Grad school to become a music therapist. When the opportunity came up to volunteer at Life in Harmony I was excited because I would get to spend more time leaning about what it takes to be a music therapist, as well as meet some amazing kids. I’m so glad I have gotten to spend the semester here!” 

VOLUNTEER: Hayli Mathe
We had the privilege of working with Hayli Mathe during the school year of 2014-2015 and summer of 2015 as Hayli was preparing to go to college to study coursework to set her up to become a music therapist.  During this time, Hayli’s hard work paid off as she was awarded the Good Steward Scholarship for her volunteer work at The Parenting Place and LIH.  This $500 award is given to two Luther High School Graduating Seniors who show dedication in volunteering in the community.  “I have been volunteering at The Parenting Place for 6 years and Life In Harmony for a 1.5 years.  At LIH, I help the team by completing projects that they use during sessions and help during some of the groups.  This year have been attending Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN and majoring in music and psychology in hopes of attaining my master’s degree in music therapy!”

VOLUNTEER: Katie Stein
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Katie Stein worked along side Sarah Kolander and Andrea Halvorson during her practicums as an Augsburg College Student.  It has been so much fun seeing Katie’s confidence grow as well as her understanding of music therapy, from a clinical perspective.  Katie is currently working on completing her master’s degree and will be out in the workforce very soon!  We are excited to know what comes next for her!

If you are interested in volunteering at LIH, please contact Karla Korish at 608-799-4860 or contact us through our website.




4th Annual Recital – “Music Is Life”

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We hope you can join us for our 4th Annual Recital!

This recital will be highlighting the process of making music, not the product itself. For many, the “process” or skills needed to perform might be articulating the lyrics, remembering to bring his/her music, grasping the mallets to play a drum, making eye contact with the audience, or sustaining attention for the performance. Performances will be polished and protected but in a different way than the average music recital.  We can’t wait to see what our clients will perform this year!  A variety of instruments and music therapy techniques will be used throughout each show which will keep every performance “one of a kind” and sure to inspire!

Due to an anticipated 75+ performers, our recital has grown from two shows to FOUR shows!  Each show will feature a different lineup of performers.  We anticipate each show to be 60 – 75 minutes long.  We are excited to have special guests from the Coulee Region Humane Society’s Pet Therapy Program to greet audience members before or between shows.  Doors to the recital hall will open 15 minutes prior to each show and seating is general admission.  Feel free to stay for one show or attend all four!

Show #1:
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
7:00 – 8:15 PM
*This show will feature more of a “coffee shop feel” with some of our teens and adults.
Heider Center doors open at 6:30 PM
Recital hall opens at 6:45 PM

Show #2:
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Heider Center doors open at 11:00 AM
Recital hall opens at 11:15 AM

Show #3:
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
1:30 – 2:45 PM
Heider Center lobby will be open between shows #2 and #3
Recital hall opens at 1:15 AM

Show #4:
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
3:30 – 4:45 PM
Heider Center lobby will be open between shows #3 and #4
Recital hall opens at 3:15 AM

This event is dear to our hearts and we are committed to keeping this a cost free event for our clients and those who are able to come see them shine!  Thus, this event is FREE of charge and is open to the general public.  Audience members will have an opportunity to support this show when we “pass the drum” at the end of each show.  These free will donations will help to offset the cost of this event and allow LIH to continue this event in the future.

T-shirts and other Merchandise will be for sale before and after each show.  Please bring cash, check, or credit card if you wish to purchase a LIH T-shirt with this year’s logo!  Shirts are $10.00 + tax.  We’ll also plan to have other small items for sale as well like car magnets, key chains, zipper pulls, and more!  To pre-order a shirt, please visit our Square Store HERE and order by February 10th or purchase a shirt at the recital (subject to size availability).  Please remember, all individuals performing at the show will receive a shirt at NO cost so please do not purchase shirts for performers.

To volunteer for our event please contact karla@lihmt.com or 608-799-4860.

We can’t wait to share why “MUSIC IS LIFE”! #musicislife #songtobeheard

New to 2016, we are offering area businesses an opportunity to support this event through a sponsorship of $25 or more in exchange for their organization or company logo to be printed in our program. Our program will be distributed to over 300+ guests who will be very appreciative of your support to our program.  Every amount, small or large, helps us to keep this event going and raise awareness for music therapy in our community!  Area businesses interested in sponsoring this event are encouraged to complete the Recital Sponsorship Form by February 17th, 2016.  For questions about the recital or how to sponsor this event please contact LIH at 608-799-4860 or email karla@lihmt.com.


12 Songs of Christmas & The “Sounds of the Season”

Each year, we offer an opportunity to our clients to share their joy on our “Sounds of the Season” Christmas CD or through our “12 Songs of Christmas” video series.  This year, we have over 60 songs, each performed by our amazing clients.  We’ll also be featuring 12 videos of clients whose joy may be seen and heard through their beautiful music making and active participation (and some singing as well) 🙂

We will begin by posting a few videos of our “12 Songs of Christmas”!  Each day we’ll add a new video leading up to Christmas.  We hope the sounds heard at LIH brighten your spirit!
(All videos are shared with the permission of the client/parent/guardian).

#12 Bonus (a bit blurry): “Jingle Bells” featuring Alex G. and Amy S., MT-BC

#12: “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” featuring Brody B. and Andrea H., MA, MT-BC

#11: “Angels We Have Heard On High” featuring Mackenzie P. and Amy S., MT-BC

#10: “Silent Night” featuring Erik O. and Sarah K., MT-BC

#9: “Up On The Housetop” featuring Ethan L. and Andrea H., MA, MT-BC

#8: “Away In A Manger” featuring Adrianna R. and Amy S., MT-BC

#7: “Silver Bells” featuring Jack S. and Sarah K., MT-BC.

#6: “Little Drummer Boy” featuring Carmen S. and Katherine S., MT-BC

#5: “Shake Those Maracas/Feliz Navidad” featuring Sabina B. and Sarah K., MT-BC

#4: “Let It Snow” featuring Kayden F. and Katherine S., MT-BC

#3: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” featuring Yee Leng L. and Katherine S., MT-BC

#2: “Silver Bells” featuring Nathan K. and Amy S., MT-BC

#1: “O, Come All Ye Faithful” featuring Garrett L. and Andrea H., MA, MT-BC


O Giving Tree, O Giving Tree!

Looking for a way to give back and make a big difference in one local family’s life?  Consider purchasing a gift from LIH’s Giving Tree!  We have ONE week left so if you are interested in helping out, please let us know ASAP!  We are needing to have all items returned to LIH by December 15th so we can purchase the items remaining on the list and get them back to the local school district in time for Christmas!  Items range from necessities (i.e. dish soap, toilet paper) to fun items that will mean the WORLD to a local family!  If you’re interested in purchasing an item, please contact Karla to find out what is remaining on the tree!   (See below for more information)

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It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year!

We have an exciting month ahead!  We want to be sure you don’t miss out on the events that are coming up in the weeks as we prepare for Christmas!

1) LIH’s First Annual GIVING TREE!
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2) Family Fun at the Rotary Lights!Caroling Flier 2015

3)  Our FREE holiday mini-series for Little Voices, Big Minds!  Register HERE!  Little Voices, Big Spirits 2015 Flier

4) Get ready to watch/listen for LIH’s “12 Days of Christmas” video series and our “Sounds of the Season” CD!  Clients, please be sure to submit your design for the CD label by December 10th!  To enter, please draw a design you think would be good for our CD label this year!  Give this to your therapist at your next appointment and your picture may be chosen for our CD label!

5) Be sure to save the date for our 4th Annual Recital!  February 20th and February 21st!  More information to come soon!