Looking for music resources for children?

You’re in the right place. I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be, constantly searching for and creating new music materials for your work with children. When I became a board-certified music therapist in 2007, I felt completely lost as I got started planning my sessions and classes.

That’s why I started writing my own music therapy songs — my other options were extremely limited. I began sharing them in the hopes that it would help other people like me, and that’s how Listen & Learn Music came to be.

More about Listen & Learn Music, a collection of music therapy songs and early childhood music resources by board-certified music therapist Rachel Rambach.
Help children of all ages and abilities grow through music with a free song pack from the Listen & Learn Music collection.
Learn how to access the entire Listen & Learn Music collection by becoming a VIP member of Listen & Learn Plus!

Ready to expand your collection of children’s songs?

Over the last ten years, I’ve written and shared over 200 songs. My music has been used in early childhood settings, music therapy sessions, classrooms, and homes all over the world. As an actively practicing music therapist and early childhood music leader, I’m constantly writing new songs for my own students and clients, so it would be nearly impossible to run out of material to share here :)

More than 300 members have joined Listen & Learn Plus, my VIP membership which provides total access to the entire collection. I invite you to take a look around, and hope that this site becomes a valuable resource for you, too!

Time to explore!

The best place to start is by grabbing a free download of my “10 Go-To Instruments for Music Therapy” resource and song collection. Enter your name and email below, and then check your inbox for access.

Last but not least, please consider getting the MOST out of Listen & Learn Music by becoming a VIP member, which gives you full access to the ENTIRE resource collection.

Recent Blog Posts

Off to Pre-K and 1st Grade!

Off to Pre-K and 1st Grade | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

Last week, we reached a new milestone in our family: both kids are back together again at the same school, on the same schedule! My daughter started all-day Pre-K and joined my son, who started 1st grade.

If you’re a parent who has juggled multiple drop-offs, pick-ups, and differing schedules at any point in time, then I’m sure you can appreciate my excitement over this new development.

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3 Back-To-School Songs for Your Musical Toolbox

Here in New England, there are single digit days left until back-to-school time. The kiddos’ backpacks are packed, first day of school outfits have been chosen, and every teacher I know is buzzing like a bee, making sure their classrooms are ready for that first day.

As a music therapist, that means lots of scheduling and preparing for the new year and the fall season! Personally, I’ve always felt like the school year is a fresh start, so I’ve taken it upon myself every fall to learn new repertoire, create new visuals, and refresh my musical tool kit.

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The September Session Plan is Here!

September Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

It’s CRUNCH time, so I couldn’t resist choosing an apple to represent this month’s session plan! Also, there is a song about apples included for September, so it’s doubly fitting ;)

This time of year has always been a chaotic one, as we finalize our new school year schedule, plan our sessions and curricula for the fall, and get back into the swing of things after a laid-back summer. I love the freshness of this season, but I also appreciate that it can be an overwhelming one when you have many classes, groups, and individuals for which to prepare.

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Working Smarter, Not Harder This Summer

I love the summertime, especially being out enjoying the weather. I DON’T want to be stuck inside working more than necessary, so when I’m planning music therapy sessions or music classes during these long and lazy days of summer, I try to find something fun, familiar, easy to learn, and of course, goal-oriented. 

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Innovative Income for Music Therapists

Innovative Income for Music Therapists - Beyond Direct Service and Private Practice | Listen & Learn Music

In early fall of 2018, I got the itch to write a book. This has always been on my bucket list, but I just couldn’t nail down a topic. I have dozens of ideas stored in the Notes app of my phone, most of which I quickly abandoned after brainstorming bullet points.

But on December 17, the topic I was meant to write about came to me — where else? — in the shower. (It’s where I get all my best ideas.) I got out, got dressed, then ran to my laptop to capture all the thoughts flooding out of my brain.

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4 Keys to Communicating with Children

4 Keys to Communicating with Children | Listen & Learn Music

When working with young children, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what they are trying to tell you. Whether that is because their language skills are still developing, their speech isn’t quite intelligible yet, or because other modes of communication are preferred, we need to make sure we are doing all that we can to communicate effectively with our students and clients. 

There are many ways in which we can adapt our methods so that we can communicate with children of any age and a variety of needs. Below, I’ve listed a few strategies that I utilize in my music therapy sessions and music classes. I’ve also included a song from the Listen & Learn Music collection that makes use of each communication strategy.

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What I’m Reading This Summer

What I'm Reading This Summer | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

My absolute favorite thing to do when I have any downtime at all is READ. I have been a book nerd my whole life, and now that audiobooks are a thing, I’ve been able to fit in a lot more “reading” than ever before in my adult life (especially since becoming a parent!).

This summer, I’ve made a conscious effort to read more for fun, and I’m pretty proud of the number of books I’ve added to my list so far. In case you are looking for some good reads, here are my favorites so far this summer.

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Helping Children Slow Down and Stay in Control

One of the most amazing qualities about music is its versatility. It can pump us up, bring back memories, teach us new skills, and calm us down. There is so much power in our melodies and chords, so let’s use our powers for good, and make sure that our clients and students leave music therapy sessions and music classes in a regulated state. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote about What It’s Like to be a Therapist at a Camp for Kids with Special Needs, and I briefly mentioned that I use music to help the campers (and staff!) stay calm and practice regulation strategies. This week, I want to expand on that and let you in on all my secrets for helping children remain slow and in control in situations where that is most appropriate!

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The August Session Plan is Here!

August Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

This month marks the ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of monthly session plans here at Listen & Learn Music! Time has flown by since I released my very first session plan last August, and now here we are on lucky #13!

I have to say, creating these plans has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made both for me personally and for YOU, based on the feedback I’ve received. I love that they are being put to use in so many ways and in so many different settings.

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