Let’s Make a Cuppa “Hot Chocolate”

 

Hot chocolate is the #1 most requested treat at my house during the winter months. My kids love the entire process, from helping stir in the chocolate, to adding marshmallows (and sprinkles), and then of course, drinking it.

They were my inspiration for writing this song, and we’ve been singing it nonstop for the last couple of weeks! It has been an instant hit with my students, as well. The repetitive, catchy melody is super singable, and it’s so much fun to pair with shakers as we act out the process of making hot chocolate.

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Goal-Based Songs Inspired by Fond Winter Memories

Ice Skating Song for Children | Listen & Learn Music

As a child, I spent lots of time with my grandparents, and one of my favorite activities my sister and I would do with them was go ice skating. After ice skating at the cold ice rink, my grandpa would always make us some hot chocolate to warm us up.

I have so many fond memories of my childhood, and when I was scrolling through the L&L catalog and stumbled upon the two songs featured below, I couldn’t help but reminisce about those moments that I will cherish forever. This post is inspired by my childhood memories of winter activities with my grandparents, and I hope these songs inspire you too!

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The February Session Plan is Here!

February Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

It’s hard to believe that the first month of the year is halfway over, and it’s already time to start planning for February. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of these winter months…so I won’t put up too much of a fight as they fly by and we get closer to spring.

But in the meantime, there’s a foot of snow blanketing my entire backyard, which I used as visual inspiration while I sat here at my desk and created the February session plan.

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Snowy Songs For Snowy Days

Snowy Songs for Snowy Days | Listen & Learn Music

Here in New England, the weather has plummeted to single digits and every few days, a fresh blanket of snow covers the ground. I think it’s safe to say that winter is firmly upon us! For many, the most exciting days of the year have passed and now the doldrums of winter have begun. But once the snow starts to come down, it’s always a nice change of pace to brave the cold and play in the snow!

Of course, I always incorporate winter weather songs into my music therapy sessions and music classes during these snowy months. I like to prepare my clients and students for the upcoming changes they might see during the season, and nothing is more fun than pretending to catch snowflakes on your tongue or rolling a snowball with a bunch of four-year-olds.

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Music Therapy: Applications for Communication

Music Therapy: Applications for Communication | Listen & Learn Music

Over the last (almost) 12 years since becoming a music therapist, I’ve given countless presentations about my profession and work. I love educating people about the field of music therapy, and all of the ways in which I’ve been able to help people through music.

The more experience I’ve gotten doing these presentations, the more confident I’ve become — in fact, I rarely even get nervous anymore, even when speaking to large groups.

But I do have to admit: I’m still a little intimidated when it comes to presenting in front of professionals who work in other therapy fields.

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