April 2012

You Can Strum Too

April 30, 2012

For most of my students, the guitar is an object of fascination. They want to hear it, touch it, and most of all, they want to play it. But as much as many of them want to strum those strings, there’s usually a bit of apprehension before they go for it. During a music therapy […]

Friday Fave: R&R in the Florida Keys

April 27, 2012

“Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go…” The song Kokomo by the Beach Boys has been running through my head for the past week as I get ready to head down to Key Largo tomorrow! That’s the resort where we’re staying after a quick day at South Beach and overnight stay in Miami (we […]

April Sponsor Shout-Outs!

April 26, 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: Music therapist Emily Sevcik has recently merged her “Songbird Serenade” project under […]

“One Third Down” Celebration and Giveaway!

April 25, 2012

How is it possible that 2012 is a third of the way over already!? This year has flown by…probably because I have been so busy writing and recording all the songs you see pictured above! To celebrate the first third of what has already proven to be a great year, I’m giving away the MP3 […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

April 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. I can’t tell you how many parents have said to me, “Oh, all we listen to […]

Going On a Car Ride!

April 23, 2012

As a kid, I absolutely LOVED long car rides. My brother and I found ways to entertain ourselves for hours at a time, which was lucky for our parents. But I know very well that we were probably the exception, and most parents don’t have it quite as easy as mine did. When I put […]

Friday Fave: Love is a Four-Letter Word

April 20, 2012

Let me preface this post by admitting that I would buy anything recorded by Jason Mraz (and I have…I own all of his albums, including the live ones and EPs). I’ve been a super fan since I first heard “The Remedy” play on the radio during my freshman year of college; my husband proposed with […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

April 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. How many times have you asked a student to do something during a music therapy session, […]

I Can Do It By Myself

April 16, 2012

A fellow music therapist recently posted on a Facebook forum that he was in search of songs or interventions about performing tasks independently. I commented that I couldn’t think of any off the top of my head, but that it sounded like a great topic for a Listen & Learn song. After all, I have […]

Friday Fave: The New RachelRambach.com

April 13, 2012

I’ve been itching to give my personal website a facelift for a while now. Before this week, it featured only the singer-songwriter side of me — but I wanted a centralized hub for all my endeavors. I chose some new colors, simplified the design a bit, and am really happy with how it turned out! […]

Just Make It a Habit

April 11, 2012

Way back in 2008, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to wake up at 5 am every day and go to the gym. I was getting married in August, and looking great in my wedding dress was excellent motivation. So on January 2nd I dragged my tired behind to the gym. And it was […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

April 10, 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. In years past, I’ve relied on other peoples’ songs to teach colors through music therapy. One […]

Colors All Around

April 9, 2012

This week’s song topic comes courtesy of my mother-in-law, a special education teacher who works with young children. Every month I make her a CD of Listen & Learn songs to use in her classroom, and she creates amazing visual supports to accompany the songs. This weekend I asked her what kinds of goals her […]

Friday Fave: Singable Stories About Habitats

April 6, 2012

I spent some quality time (as in 4+ hours) with these books last Saturday afternoon…and I’m still not tired of them. After finishing a special project for one of my Listen & Learn Plus! members, I am just that much more excited to use these singable stories with my own students. You’ve all heard the […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

April 3, 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 really do keep singing “la, la, la” — the downside of writing a catchy song! […]

The “La La” Song

April 2, 2012

Earlier this year, I had the chance to see one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Eilen Jewell, in concert. Pokey LaFarge was the opening act, and I haven’t been able to get his song La La Blues out of my head ever since. So I used that to my advantage and wrote The “La La” Song! […]

                      


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