January 2012

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

January 31, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs are available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. Penguins are seriously the cutest! And now that I know all about them after having written […]

January Sponsor Shout-Outs!

January 31, 2012

It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors. I’m extremely proud to feature all of the following resources here on the blog — please take a few minutes to check them out below: I’m thrilled to welcome the newest Listen & Learn Sponsor: Songbird Serenade. […]

Penguin Party

January 30, 2012

Are you ready for the most info-packed song about penguins you’ve ever heard in your life? Okay, so I probably didn’t have much competition when I wrote this, but I do have to admit I’m pretty proud of the amount of penguin facts I managed to include — and they rhyme, no less! You might […]

Sunday Singalong: Left & Right

January 29, 2012

This song is an oldie, but honestly, it might be one of my favorite Listen & Learn originals. I like the melody, and I also like that it explains the concept in a relatively easy-to-understand manner. I debated including a picture-in-picture view of the actions as I sing them, but decided it would probably be […]

Friday Fave: Square Credit Card Reader

January 27, 2012

There have been many occasions on which I wished I was able to accept credit card payments. Here are just a few: when selling my CDs and songbooks at conferences, peddling demos at gigs, when a parent of a student forgets his or her checkbook and has no cash…the list goes on. So when my […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

January 24, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs are available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. When I introduced “Clackin’ On the Ice” to my kiddos, many of them caught on quickly […]

Clackin’ On the Ice

January 23, 2012

Last week’s song featured a picture of a ukulele on a sandy beach…so this is just about as opposite as it gets! But it is January, after all, so I’m getting in those wintery songs while I can. I actually wrote “Clackin’ On the Ice” in just a few minutes while putting together my Church […]

Friday Fave: The ULTIMATE Fake Book

January 20, 2012

I love fake books — so much so that I have an entire shelf of them here in my studio. The latest in my collection, pictured above, was a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law. And like most non-musicians, I’m pretty sure they have no idea what a fake book actually is. A fake […]

“It’s Like a Lightning Bolt With a C at the Bottom!”

January 19, 2012

Last night at Jake’s lesson, we were talking about quarter rests. As I was trying to describe how to draw one for an exercise in his theory book, Jake said, “I know…it’s like a lightning bolt with a C at the bottom!” I looked at the quarter rest, and realized he was exactly right. How […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

January 17, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs are available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. I love the comment that fellow music therapist Amy Kalas left here at Listen & Learn […]

A Little Ukulele Tune

January 16, 2012

Every January, I find it so funny that my students are so interested in hearing about what I got for Christmas. This year has been no exception, and I’ve been playing a lot of show-and-tell with my new ukulele. Of course, just seeing it isn’t enough — my students want to hear it, too! Their […]

Sunday Singalong: Snowy Day

January 15, 2012

Ask any of my friends or family and they’ll tell you: Rachel is NOT a winter person! I despise the cold and am deathly afraid of driving in any kind of hazardous weather condition. So when I saw that snow was in the forecast this past week, I ran all of my errands and did […]

Friday Fave: Camera Connection Kit for iPad

January 13, 2012

It’s no secret that I love my iPad and use it for tons of music and music therapy-related purposes, from taking lesson/session notes to organizing and displaying my gig music to teaching my students music theory. One of the first apps I downloaded when I got my ipad was Garageband, and I’ve used it many […]

Advocacy Comes in Many Flavors

January 11, 2012

It’s Social Media Advocacy Month! I’m one of over two dozen bloggers and podcasters using social media to talk about and get people excited about advocacy throughout January. I didn’t know it at the time, but I’ve been a music therapy advocate since September of 2004. That was the year I became a music therapy […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

January 10, 2012

On Tuesdays, the mp3, instrumental track, and lyrics/chords for the newest songs will be available to Listen & Learn Plus members for download. In addition, members are always welcome to request existing Listen & Learn songs and new song topics. No winter wonderland here just yet…today the sun is shining and the thermometer says it’s […]

Catchin’ Snowflakes

January 9, 2012

Would you believe that even though we’re entering the second week of January, I’ve only seen one honest-to-goodness snowfall? And the snow didn’t even stick on the ground! Personally, I am not a fan of winter weather at all…but my students are, which is why I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll have a chance to […]

                      


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