It was during Year 9 that I finally came up for air and regained a bit more balance in my life. My daughter started part-time daycare, meaning I had more hours in my day to get back to the part of my work I missed most: writing and recording songs.
Our Listen & Learn music class program at MTC had grown significantly by this time, and I was absolutely loving my role of creating the session plans, teaching the morning classes, and handling all family communication and marketing.
But I was starting to feel the strain of teaching lessons and providing music therapy well into the evening 4 days a week. So at the end of the school year, I made the decision not to continue with 1:1 direct service, save for a handful of clients. It was a huge shift, stepping down from the work I’d been doing (and what my business was built on) for the last 10 years; however, it was a decision that was long overdue.
Making this change meant I could focus on my family and the projects I hadn’t been able to tackle before this point, like creating a new CMTE course, The Introvert’s Guide to Thriving in an Extroverted Career. For the first time since becoming a mom, I was sharing new L&L songs on an almost weekly basis. It felt like everything was falling into place, both personally and professionally.
My 2016 Gift to You
YOU are the reason that Listen & Learn Music is still alive and well today, and YOU are the reason I’ll be celebrating another 10 years in 2028. Every email and comment I receive detailing how a song was brought to life in a classroom or music therapy session, and how it helped a child to learn a new skill, provides the motivation to make this an even more valuable resource for you.
To properly thank you for your support, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite resources with you from the L&L collection each day in yearly chronological order, all the way through September 10.
During year 9, I wrote quite a few songs for teaching academic concepts and life skills that could be used both in my music therapy sessions and music classes. One such song was “Red, Yellow & Green” — the focus is on personal safety and the meaning of red, yellow, and green as related to the traffic lights.
Many teachers use this concept in their classroom or when traveling with students from one place to another, using colored signs to indicate whether students should stop, slow down, or go; “Red, Yellow & Green” can help introduce that system as well. Today’s gift is the mp3, instrumental track, and notated lead sheet for this song.
If you have already joined the “Listen & Learn Music Turns 10” celebration, this gift has already been delivered to your email inbox. And if you haven’t yet joined in, all you have to do is fill out your name and email below:
Check your email now for a special invitation to the private “10 Years of Listen & Learn” Facebook group. I’ll be sharing all 10 resources there as well, along with other goodies you won’t want to miss throughout the 10 days of celebration.
Our Biggest Giveaway Ever
On September 10, one extremely lucky winner will receive a LIFETIME VIP MEMBERSHIP to Listen & Learn Plus, including all current and future CMTE courses.
All you have to do is help me celebrate by:
1) following Listen & Learn Music on Instagram
2) Creating a post about how you’ve used a L&L resource, or just simply sending a birthday wish
3) Tagging @listenlearnmusic on your post
4) Using the hashtag #listenlearnmusicturns10
Feel free to save and post this image and use the caption:
Wishing @listenlearnmusic a very happy 10th birthday! I’m joining in the celebration and hoping to win a lifetime VIP membership to Listen & Learn Plus! #listenlearnmusicturns10
Follow the steps above to enter as many times as you’d like between September 1 – 10.