The Amazing Cabasa!

Cabasa | Music Therapy | Listen & Learn Music

One of my all-time favorite instruments in my music therapy arsenal is my collection of cabasas! I love them so much, and use them frequently in my music therapy sessions and music classes — probably every day.

When I pass out cabasas, people are often unsure how to use them and typically require some guidance. Because of this, the cabasa is a great instrument for children to explore, be creative, and practicing mimicking.

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Parker’s 6th Birthday

Parker's 6th Birthday | Listen & Learn Music | Rachel Rambach

It’s official: I have a 6-year-old! When Parker turned 5 (remember his epic Batman birthday bash!?) it felt like he was entering the “big kid” years, and now it seems that he is firmly in that category.

After two years of hosting big backyard birthday parties, this mama was ready to keep it much more low-key. So we rented out our local gymnastics center, where Parker and 18 of his closest friends could run wild and use up all their summer energy.

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Move Your Body Along

Move Your Body Along | Listen & Learn Music | Movement Song for Children

As I was scrolling through Listen & Learn Music in search of a movement song, I stumbled upon “Move Your Body Along” — a true hidden gem in the L&L catalog.

I have to admit, I listen to so many songs because of my job, that sometimes I forget them. Other times, I have the best of intentions, set out to learn a song and incorporate it into my repertoire, and just never do it. THIS is one of those songs!

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The July Session Plan is Here!

July Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

Although summer doesn’t officially begin for a few more days, it certainly feels like it! I’ve been putting my favorite summer-themed songs to use for the last few weeks, and will continue to do so when it comes to my July session plan.

At my private practice, we are facilitating music groups and music therapy in several summer camp sessions and other non-traditional settings, so I’m looking forward to implementing this session plan in ways that I don’t typically have the opportunity to during the school year.

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Incorporating Singable Stories

Incorporating Singable Stories into Music Class | Listen & Learn Music

Children just love books; it is a simple fact I have come to learn over the years. Whether it’s looking at the pictures, having a chance to turn the page, or snuggling in an adult’s lap, many children are highly motivated and engaged when it’s time to read a book.

I was always hesitant to incorporate books into my music therapy sessions and music classes, but I noticed that if I arrived a few minutes early or stayed a little later, many of my clients and students would ask if I would read them a book. For young children, I truly think it is a way for them to express that they want to share an experience with you and often, they are telling you that you are important to them.

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