Today is a big day in my house. It’s the LAST day of school!!! Like so many others, we’ve spent the last two months working and learning from home, and it’s been a challenge, to say the least. We’re all excited to have a break from schoolwork and just enjoy the summer.
Of course, teletherapy sessions and livestream classes will continue even though the school year is coming to a close, and I will be sharing monthly session plans throughout the summer.
As a reminder, all of my songs, recordings and resources are fair game for use and adaptation as you provide virtual services, and hopefully the June session plan will be helpful in the weeks to come.
Words and melodies have, for the most part, eluded me over the past 6 weeks. The best I could muster was an adaptation of Maggie Rogers’ “Give A Little” for bells, which I used in my livestream classes recently, but otherwise…nothing.
And then last Friday, our governor announced that all schools in Illinois are closed for the remainder of the school year. Even though I was 100% expecting this news, it hit me hard. I still haven’t told my kids, who are only 4 and 6…young enough to be content at home, but old enough to love and miss their school, teachers, and friends. Needless to say, the rollercoaster my emotions have been on plunged downward.
That night, I sat down with my guitar, and all these lyrics came pouring out, along with a melody to go with them. “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” was the result, and I want to share it with you if you need a reminder of this message as much as I do.
It’s hard to fathom the thought of starting another month while still sheltering in place, but it’s looking very likely. For many of us, the show will still go on with teletherapy sessions, livestreams, Zoom meetings, or whatever online method you are using to connect with your students and/or clients.
As I shared at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, all of my songs, recordings and resources are fair game for use and adaptation as you provide virtual services, and hopefully the May session plan will be helpful in the weeks to come.
The last time I posted here, COVID-19 was barely a blip on my radar. My family boarded a plane on March 5, and we spent the next 5 days in Marco Island, Florida. While we were there, we made sure to be very careful about washing our hands often, not touching our face, and wiping down surfaces with Clorox wipes…but otherwise, everything seemed normal.
It was when we arrived at the airport to go home on March 10 that we realized things were changing. We saw lots of people wearing masks in the airport, and there was a general feeling of caution all around us. That only grew once we got back into our regular routine, and by the end of the week, my children’s school was closed indefinitely and we were told to stay home.
When I first started writing my own songs, I was working with children and young adults ages 0-22 in both the school and private practice settings. Not only did I want my songs to be effective tools for my students and clients, but I wanted them to appeal to the caregivers who were present in sessions, as well.
From the very beginning, my goal has been for my songs to transcend age ranges and developmental levels, but little did I know that many of them would also work well with older adults, too. It wasn’t until I started leading sessions in a senior living facility a couple years ago that I realized this was the case.
This post is the third in a series all about utilizing the elements of music in music therapy sessions or music classes, check out the first two posts on rhythm and dynamics right here! The elements of music series will continue with a focus on tempo.
There are so many fun things about music therapy sessions or music classes, but I bet my kiddos would tell you that their favorite part of music is playing FAST. And you know what’s even better than that? Playing FASTER!!
The fact that my audiobook is available on Audible is crazy exciting for me, because I am an Audible addict. I’ve had a gold monthly membership since 2014, which means I receive a credit to purchase a new audiobook every month. When I am driving, doing laundry, working out, grocery shopping, or engaged in anything else that doesn’t require full brain power, I am listening to an audiobook.
Since I know that many other music therapists, including my very own team at Music Therapy Connections, are also fans of learning through listening (both in audiobook and podcast form), turning Innovative Income for Music Therapists into an audiobook was a no-brainer.
This blog post is the second in a series all about utilizing the elements of music in music therapy sessions or music classes, check out the first post on rhythm right here. The elements of music series will continue with a focus on *drumroll please* DYNAMICS!!
As I type this, the temperature outside is 3 degrees (though at least the sun is shining…silver lining, right?). Admittedly, February is my least favorite month of the year: while it is the shortest, it’s also usually the coldest and grayest, too. So I was very excited to sit down and create a session plan to help welcome SPRING!
I usually go for a loose theme in each monthly session plan, and for March, it ended up being rainbows and other signs of a new (and warmer) season. I thought that was fitting, what with St. Patrick’s Day and all of the other changes that start to occur during this month. Just a couple more weeks until I get to put this collection of songs to use, and hopefully you will, too.
Bonding songs are essential to my early childhood classes, because they foster parent-child interaction and help us wind down toward the end of the session. I wrote “I Love Your Toes” specifically for my baby (0-18 month) class, though I have most definitely used it with kiddos who are a little older.
Welcome! I’m Rachel Rambach, board-certified music therapist and creator of Listen & Learn Music — educational songs and musical materials for children. I love sharing my work with you, along with my behind-the-scenes creative process, adventures in business ownership, and life as a mom of two little ones.
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Next month’s music therapy sessions, early childhood groups, or classroom music…planned for you in advance.
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