Introducing…Music Therapy Annex!

This is a guest post by my colleague and friend, board-certified music therapist Megan Resig. Megan is also a sponsor of Listen & Learn through her brand new project, Music Therapy Annex.

I’m THRILLED to be posting here at Listen and Learn today!

It’s uber exciting because Rachel’s blog was one of the first music therapy blogs I started reading. When I was back in grad school and frantically planning for some of my very first music therapy sessions, I remember scouring the web to find ideas.

I ran across Listen and Learn (and her extensive collection of songs, resources, and session ideas and realized that I had stumbled onto a goldmine! I was hooked — on this awesome music therapy online community, on the resources that were available — all of it! And now to be sharing my own resource here? Well…..life is just pretty awesome sometimes! :)

SO….let me tell you a little about my brand new project “The Music Therapy Annex”! As some of you may know, I’ve been co-authoring the blog “Mundana Music Therapy” with my amazing friend and colleague, Kimberly Thompson. As we started taking on various projects here in Portland, we realized that we needed to re-envision the purpose and message of Mundana. And…after taking an incredible creative retreat on the coast, I was inspired to create this new site — The Music Therapy Annex!

What is The Annex all about?

The Annex is focused completely on providing resources to music therapists and other creative arts professionals. Session ideas, songs, business resources, tips for enhancing your web presence, tutorials, etc. are all going to be a vital part of the site!

I also LOVE the connections and dialogue that are created when music therapists start sharing online and want to encourage those conversations on The Annex! We’ll be diving into some deep stuff related to music therapy best practices and I can’t wait to hear your perspectives!

I’m hoping that The Annex can be a place that inspires community, creativity, and empowerment for music therapists and related professionals, and I’m so excited to be embarking on this journey with YOU!
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Megan Resig, MS, MT-BC is a music therapist and author of “The Music Therapy Annex“. She also is the owner of Rochester Music Therapy Services located in Rochester, NY where she resides with her husband, cat, and golden retriever.

Seven Days in a Week

With the school year beginning in just a few weeks, I’ve had classroom topics on the brain. I know that calendar songs are part of the daily routine in many classrooms, so I’m adding one more to my long list of ’em.

Seven Days in a Week lists each day of the week several times throughout the song so that it helps children not only learn the names of each day, but also the order. The song also touches on the difference between weekdays and weekends. Take a listen:


This song can be used in conjunction with a “Today Is” kind of song (I have always used this one) or just as a standalone.

After working in a school for several years, I’ve heard MANY songs about the days of the week — and I know they can get old pretty quickly if you hear them every day. That’s why I’m all about revisiting topics I’ve already written songs for and providing lots of options. In my experience, using a different song to address a long-term goal can be just what a child needs to finally master it.

What are your favorite “days of the week” and other calendar songs?

Friday Fave: Instagram

Instagram

When it comes to apps that are not directly related to music and music therapy, Instagram has quickly become my new favorite. In fact, I much prefer my iPhone to my camera (even the fancy new one my husband and I just bought) these days so that I can ‘gram my pics immediately.

Although I use Instagram mostly to share photos of my dog, yummy food, and other random things, I have seen other music therapists using it to give us an insight into their work day. (Two such friends who come to mind are Rachel See Smith and David Symons.)

I must admit, ever since downloading this app, I find myself going out of my way for opportunities to take Instagram-worthy photos. I’ll have plenty of opportunities in a couple of weeks, when my husband and I jet off to Europe :)

You can find me on Instagram by searching for @rachelrambach, and you can also check out my weekly photo round-ups over at my personal blog. Feel free to share your Instagram handle in the comments!

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