I’ll Play a Rhythm and You Play It Back

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The little chant I came up with this month is one of the many settings I use to incorporate rhythm sticks into my music therapy sessions and early childhood music classes. “Clatter Clatter Clackity Clack” is just a framework for using all of those skills — listening, grasping, reproducing a pattern, and more — while playing the rhythm sticks.

Clatter Clatter Clackity Clack Album Cover

Clatter clatter clackity clack
I’ll play a rhythm and you play it back
So listen close and then you’ll see
That you can tap your sticks like me

My turn first: (play rhythm)
Now your turn: (children repeat rhythm)

Clatter clatter clackity clack
I played a rhythm and you played it back
You listened close and now you see
That you can tap your sticks like me

Today at Listen & Learn Plus, I’m sharing my recorded version of this chant as well as links to downloads of other songs I’ve written specifically for rhythm sticks. Here are a few of those songs, in case you are looking to bulk up your rhythm stick repertoire:

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Clatter Clatter Clackity Clack

Clatter Clatter Clackity Clack Album Cover

Rhythm sticks are one of those instruments I find myself including in music therapy sessions over and over again, because they can be used to address so many different skills.

For that same reason, they have been a staple in my early childhood music classes throughout the years. And since I use them so often, it should come as no surprise that I have written and adapted LOTS of songs exclusively for rhythm sticks.

My most recent sticks-inspired song is actually a chant (although it could easily be set to a melody, which I may decide to do in the future). It’s short and to the point — the idea is to have children listen to a rhythm I play, and then play that rhythm back.

Just as I did in the recording, I keep my rhythms very brief and uncomplicated since the children I’m working with are very young. But I could also envision using this chant with older students, making the rhythms more difficult. Another idea would be to ask students to take turns being the “leader” and come up with their own rhythms for everyone else to repeat.

Do you rock the rhythm sticks, too? Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some more songs I use to accompany all that clacking and tapping…see you then!

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Team Blue!

It's a Boy!

Baby Rambach is all boy! We were a little nervous that we’d have an uncooperative baby on our hands at yesterday’s ultrasound, but the “money shot” was the very first our tech got when she turned on the screen. Lucky us :)

We did have a chance to see our baby’s non-revealing parts, and everything checked out perfectly! He’s growing right on target and weighs in at a whopping 14 ounces. So tiny.

However, we did NOT find out right then and there…instead, we had her put it in an envelope so that we could have a cake made for the big gender reveal dinner last night.

It's a Boy Cake Reveal

Needless to say, we were thrilled first and foremost to have a healthy baby, and secondly, to be expecting a BOY! I didn’t have too strong of a preference either way (although I did admit on Thursday that I was kinda hoping for a boy) but Zach was really, really, really wishing for a son. His wish came true, and now we are working on choosing a name.

We have a couple ideas brewing, but nothing is set in stone just yet. We haven’t decided whether we will make it public before June, or wait until the birth to share his name. I really don’t like keeping secrets — especially BIG ones — so waiting an entire five months isn’t very likely.

We have more big news to share, but I’ll save it for a different day. Stay tuned!

Friday Fave: BOY or GIRL?

Boy or Girl?

Okay, so this post is a little more personal than usual, but this is my most frequently asked question both personally AND professionally as of late. Everywhere I go, people — my students, their parents, fellow therapists, perfect strangers — want to know: are you having a boy or a girl?

The answer is inside of that envelope, and even I don’t know what it says yet! The only people who know are the sonographer who did my ultrasound this morning and the person who is decorating the cake for our big reveal tonight. In just a few short hours, we’ll know whether to buy pink or blue!

The most IMPORTANT news is that the baby looked perfectly healthy and is developing beautifully, according to my doctor. My husband and I were so thankful to hear that and to get another look at our little Junebug, who is now at the halfway point to being born. Only 20 weeks to go!

If you want to keep up with my pregnancy (and growing baby bump pics!) on a regular basis, check out our family blog, www.TheRambachs.com.

Adapting Popular Songs

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In case you missed it, yesterday I posted a video in honor of music therapy social media advocacy month. Since I wanted to reach out to lots of people — not just music therapists, but those outside of our community as well — I chose to take a really popular song and make it all about music therapy.

Music Therapy Lumineers Cover

I’ve learned over the years that everyone loves a good cover or parody of their favorite songs. Just this past summer, I adapted Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe into a song for my students called “Sit With Me Maybe” which ended up becoming my best-selling song ever.

So this time around, I selected a tune I’ve really been digging and is unavoidable on the radio right now: The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”. I used what I’ve learned from experience to tailor my version so that it serves my purpose, which is to honor my clients and educate others about music therapy.

Today at Listen & Learn Plus, I’m sharing the lead sheet for my adaptation (titled “You, Me & Music Therapy”) and my Top 10 Tips for Adapting a Popular Song.

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