November 2010

Winter’s On the Way

November 30, 2010

Yesterday during one of my music therapy sessions, I announced that it was time to sing about the season — fall. One of the staff members gave me a strange look and said, “Really?” I don’t blame her. The wind was gusting outside and the temperature was in the mid-30s; it’s not exactly fall weather. […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

November 28, 2010

I’m not going to share too many details about today’s post, because it’s a brand-new song that hasn’t even been unveiled here at Listen & Learn yet! I will say that it has to do with the upcoming season, but that members can download the mp3 and lead sheet and use it today with their […]

Thanksgiving Blessings

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m grateful all year long to everyone who visits Listen & Learn, especially to those of you who make it a regular habit.  Writing a Thanksgiving gratitude post has become a yearly tradition for me: my first was back in 2008, followed by 2009, and now here I am today with a much […]

You’re a Hero to Me

November 24, 2010

Yesterday as one of my piano students was leaving his lesson, he said, “Miss Rachel!  I heard you on the radio this weekend!” He was referring to the WDBR Cares for Kids Radiothon, which ended up raising over $102,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and St. John’s Children’s Hospital.  Although I was in Cleveland for […]

#AMTA10: Conference Recap (With Pictures!)

November 23, 2010

Well, my second national conference of the American Music Therapy Association is officially in the books.  And what an experience it was!  If you follow me on Twitter, you probably feel like you were right there with me in Cleveland — especially if you were actually there. I used the hashtag #AMTA10 throughout conference to […]

Thanksgiving Week is Here!

November 22, 2010

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I’m anticipating (based on previous experience) that it will be a bit difficult to keep the full attention of my students.  Holidays tend to make them even antsier than usual, but luckily I have a few musical standbys that will put their extra energy to good use! I’ve […]

Handout: Social Media & Marketing Tips

November 20, 2010

Greetings from Cleveland!  I’ve had quite an eventful few days, but now that our CMTE is over, we’ve recorded the podcast, and the exhibit hall has closed, it’s time to relax.  I’ll be back soon with a full recap of my conference experience, but first, a little gift for you. Michelle, Kimberly and I each […]

WDBR Cares for Kids, and So Do I!

November 19, 2010

Do you remember that scene in the movie That Thing You Do! when the band hears their song on the radio for the first time?  And they get out of their car (in the middle of the street) and jump around screaming and singing?  Well that was me last year when I heard my songs […]

Conference Week is Here!

November 15, 2010

Before I go to Cleveland for the AMTA national conference, I’m headed to the suburbs of Chicago where I’ll be presenting at the 2010 Conference on Best Practices for Nonpublic Special Education Programs.  Now say that 10 times fast :) This will be my second year in a row attending and presenting at this conference, […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

November 14, 2010

Today’s “Sunday Singalong” video features my original song, Turkey Dinner Dance.  This dance has already become a craze at the school where I work, so why not spread the love? The sheet music download for this song is now available to members of Listen & Learn Plus, as is the very popular Ten Days of […]

Sunday Singalong: Turkey Dinner Dance

November 14, 2010

In all honestly, the process of recording and editing my videos is usually quick and dirty — I fit it in on Sunday mornings between church, laundry, and doggie duty with loud football games on TV in the next room. So what happens when I have Veteran’s Day off and a house to myself? A […]

Music Therapy Across the Globe

November 13, 2010

I’ve been practicing music therapy for almost four years now, yet I still consider myself to be a relatively new professional.  That’s why I get a little caught off-guard when I receive emails asking for advice and guidance…not that I don’t feel qualified to answer most of them :)  It’s just that there are so […]

Friday Fave: They’re Baaaack!

November 12, 2010

The holidays, that is.  Even though we’re still a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving, the first signs of Christmas are popping up everywhere  — and I’m not complaining!  The truth of the matter is that I love the holidays, and I actually get excited when I see the first Christmas-themed television commercial of the season. […]

A Week From Today…

November 10, 2010

…my plane will be touching down in Cleveland for the 2010 AMTA Conference!  This national music therapy conference is something I look forward to all year long, not only because it is an amazing learning opportunity, but also because I get to reunite with so many of my music therapy friends (and meet many for […]

Custom Song: Help Me, Rhombus!

November 8, 2010

I’ve written songs on many unique and interesting topics, but when I received a request for a custom song about a certain parallelogram, I knew I was in for a bit of a challenge.  At the suggestion of my clever customer, I turned to the Beach Boys for help. I also turned to the knowledge […]

Sunday Singalong: Mason’s Turn!

November 7, 2010

While I spent last weekend in Chicago, my husband Zach drove down to St. Louis to celebrate Halloween with our two-year-old nephew, Mason (and the rest of his family). On the way to Boo at the Zoo, Zach had the best seat in the house for Mason’s impromptu sing-along! Luckily he had his iPhone with […]

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