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.
Ready to expand your collection of music therapy songs?
Over the last ten years, I’ve written and shared over 200 songs. My music has been used in 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!
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Since my children were born, I’ve been away a handful of times. There have been a few conferences and work-related trips, as well as several girls’ weekends with my friends. That time away is so good for me, and I enjoy it to the fullest, but I always look forward to coming home to my family.
Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are pretty much the highlight of my week. I get to spend them making music with the most wonderful groups of children and their adults in our Listen & Learn for Little Ones classes. Singing, dancing and playing instruments with toddlers and preschoolers just never gets old.
For the first 5 years of my career as a music therapist, I could have never imagined that one day I would have other music therapists with whom to consult, work and collaborate. My once-solo practice now includes two of my favorite people ever, and I am honored to call them colleagues.
For my husband Zach’s 30th birthday, I wrote a list of “30 things I love about you” and framed it. He did the same for me a few months later, and now both framed lists hang in our master bathroom. I like to reread them every once in a while, and each time I do, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be married to him.
Every November for the last 8 years, I’ve spent a few days with 1,000+ other music therapists learning, presenting and exhibiting my work. I’ve met countless therapists from all over the country, and built friendships with many of them through my conference experiences.
Maybe it’s genetics, or maybe it’s just good luck…but either way, I am incredibly grateful that both of my kids love music as much as I do. Before they were born, I had fantasies of teaching them all my songs and listening to them sing along with me, and that is pretty much my reality now.
It’s my reset button, a fresh start. Monday morning is an opportunity to begin again, after what has most likely been an exhausting weekend. Once the kids are out the door, their messes have been picked up, and I have my coffee in hand, I’m ready to start my week.
I have always purposely designed by schedule so that Mondays are low-key. I don’t teach any classes, and starting this year, I don’t see any students or clients, either. I try to keep my schedule open so that I can devote the day to creative tasks, especially in the morning.
It’s a Sunday morning, and I’m listening to my children and husband playing below me in the playroom as I happily type away in my upstairs office. We take turns carving out small chunks of time to get things done on the weekends, while the other hangs out with the kids.
I love that I have a place in my home just for my work. That has been a priority in all three of the homes we’ve owned, since I do so much of my job at home.
It’s that time again! Thanksgiving songs just might be my favorite out of all the holidays, so I am excited to share with you the songs from my collection that are perfect for this season.
There are many tunes I’ve written and collected over the years, but these are the 6 that I continue to pull out and use with my students every single November. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
I was much too young and oblivious to fully understand and appreciate the value of my education as I was receiving it. Of course, I knew that college was expensive (especially a private out-of-state one), but I took for granted to an extent the fact that my parents were able to give me such an amazing gift.