New Habits for the New Year

New Habits for a New Year | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

This year, instead of setting huge goals for myself, I came up with some habits I wanted to instill that are in line with my word for 2018 — JOY. None of these action items are brand new to my life, but the difference is that now I’m holding myself accountable.

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12 Goal-Based Winter Songs for Children

Last week as I was finishing up some new songs for my early childhood classes, I realized that I’ve written and recorded a ridiculous number of songs about winter. The irony in this is that winter is my LEAST favorite of all the seasons, as I’ve told you many times before.

Nonetheless, winter is a very real thing here in the Midwest, and for some reason, seems to last longer than any other season. So all of my winter songs get LOTS of use in my classes, groups, and music therapy sessions.

I know I’m not the only one in this boat, which is exactly why I decided to bundle up my favorites into one nice little package. Although all of the songs are based around the theme of winter, they also address a variety of goals, objectives, and skills.

Just a few include simple sign language, counting, speech goals, instrument play, academic concepts, body part identification, sequencing, and gross motor movement.

I dubbed this Winter Song Week, because all week long my Winter Song Pack, which includes mp3, chords, and instrumental track for each song, is on sale for just $12. After the week is up, the price will increase to $24.

Every day throughout Winter Song Week, I’ve shared a video featuring one of the songs from the pack. You can learn more about them as well as listen in the videos below!

For the full list of songs included, and to grab them for yourself, click here.

While winter definitely is not my favorite topic, singing about it is much better than complaining ;) Oh, and if you live in a place where ice and snow isn’t an issue, consider me a tad bit jealous!

Namaste on New Year’s Day

Namaste on New Year's Day | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

Happy New Year! I wanted to start 2018 with a little zen, so I snuck off to yoga class first thing this morning. Little did I know that my kids would be eagerly waiting for me to get home so that we could have our own living room yoga session.

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My Word for 2018

My Word for 2018 | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

Truth be told, I wasn’t sure if my word for 2018 would reveal itself to me before the New Year began. As I shared in my previous post, I didn’t want to overthink or force it — rather, I decided to trust that it would come naturally.

And it did! Last night while my husband and I were watching a movie, it popped into my brain as clear as could be. JOY. There it was! The funny thing is that it was SO obvious, and has come up multiple times this month in different ways.

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Reflecting on 2017

Reflecting on 2017 | Listen & Learn Music | Rachel Rambach

I hope you had a very merry Christmas! This holiday season has been intense and busy, but also filled with joy and celebration. There’s nothing like experiencing the magic of the holidays with my children, especially at their current ages of 2 and 4.

I’m so thankful to have this week before the New Year to spend at home with my kids before we all get back into the swing of school and work. Although they have definitely kept me on my toes (and busy cleaning up endless messes), I’ve had some time to reflect on the past year.

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A Grateful December

Carrying My Gratitude Into December | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

November was a really good month. Even alongside some professional challenges, the stress of traveling, and a very full calendar, I felt more grounded and happier than usual. I can only attribute that to writing my 23 Days of Gratitude series, which forced me to focus on the wonderful things in my life every day leading up to Thanksgiving.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 23 – Thanksgiving

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 23 - Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the culmination of 22 daily expressions of gratitude, and it is only fitting that my final post focuses on my inspiration for this series.

There will be plenty of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie today, but most importantly, I’ll be surrounded by family. I’m grateful that Thanksgiving gives me the opportunity to celebrate the very best part of my life.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 22 – Holiday Traditions

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 22 - Holiday Traditions

One of the best parts of having our families nearby is that we’ve gotten to continue many of the holiday traditions that were established when my husband and I were growing up. Although we’ve had to adjust a bit as our own family has grown, it is so much fun now getting to include our children in those traditions.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 21 – You!

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 21 - You

When I purchased the domain name for Listen & Learn Music a little over 9 years ago, I never imagined this would become a place that would help me connect with hundreds of music therapists, teachers, and parents across the country. Every time I attend AMTA national conference, it’s especially apparent just how many friends I’ve made through this tiny corner of the internet.

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{23 Days of Gratitude} Day 20 – Community Support

23 Days of Gratitude | Day 20 - Community Support

Being a business owner is not easy, especially when your profession is more unconventional than most. Luckily, I live in a community that supports music therapy, and has always been willing to show its support in a variety of ways. Over the years, my work has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and television news segments, as well as promoted by other professionals, schools, and local organizations.

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