The Newest Addition to Our L&L Team!

Hi everyone! My name is Emma Kovachevich and I am so excited to start writing here at Listen & Learn Music each week.

I have enjoyed using the Listen & Learn material in my music therapy sessions as well as leading Listen & Learn classes at Music Therapy Connections. It is wonderful to see people of all ages benefit and learn from these Rachel Rambach originals and adaptations.

Some of you may be thinking, “Who are you?” Well, here’s a little more information about me.

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The December Session Plan is Here!

December 2019 Session Plan

Working with children feels just a little more fun and magical during the month of December, do you agree? The anticipation of the holiday season seems to put everyone into a cheerful mood, and I love all the repertoire that goes along with this time of year.

Admittedly, I am one of those people who starts listening to holiday music in early November, so it’s hard for me to wait until after Thanksgiving to bring out many of the songs included in next month’s session plan.

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Teaching Children to Give Thanks

Give Thanks | Thanksgiving Song | Listen & Learn Music

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year! I love being able to reflect on my life and really appreciate all that I have. I also love being able to discuss this with the children that I make music with. I believe that even young children can begin to understand what it means to be thankful. 

Being thankful and giving thanks are HARD concepts. It usually takes a bit of explaining so that my clients and students can truly understand the meaning of both. Incorporating a song like “Give Thanks” into my November music therapy sessions is the perfect way to begin a discussion about all of the things we can be thankful for. 

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Taking the Unconventional Route

Taking the Unconventional Route | Listen & Learn Music

I knew even before I started my music therapy education that I was going to take the unconventional route. I’d already had plenty of practice at that, having completed my undergraduate education as a vocal performance major 3 semesters early in order to graduate and pursue my training as a music therapist.

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Why Everyone Should Sing

Why Everyone Should Sing | Listen & Learn Music

As a vocalist, singing has always been important to me. Growing up, I always noticed how most people shied away from singing, and aside from the musicians I know, that still seems to be the case.

I hear things like “oh no, I don’t have a good voice” or “you sing so much better than me!”, and I am here to tell anyone who is guilty: stop it!! 

Your voice is great the way it is, no matter what you believe. Please remove those phrases from your vocabulary if you’ve said them, because I am going to tell you why everyone should be singing!

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Repetition, Repetition, Repetition…And Why It’s So Important

Every once in a while, someone in a music therapy session or class will ask, “Why are you singing that song again?” Usually it’s an adult, wondering why he or she has to hear the song that’s been stuck in his or head head since the previous week.

Unfortunately, there’s no quick explanation, but there are two important reasons why songs are often repeated in my music classes and music therapy sessions.

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Pumpkins, Performances & Planning a Book Launch

Those 3 “P”s basically sum up the month of October for me! It’s been a busy one, between all the Halloween-related activities for my children, gigs I’ve played, and of course, the book I’ve been working on for the past 6 months.

Heading into October, I was worried about being able to accomplish everything I needed to do in between all of the events on my personal and professional calendar. Just opening the calendar app on my phone has been scarier than any Halloween movie — it’s packed with kids’ birthday parties (at least one every weekend!), school-sponsored events, local performances, family outings, mini deadlines related to my book, and of course, all of my responsibilities at my main gig, Music Therapy Connections.

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Halloween-izing Your Music Therapy Sessions & Classes

Halloween Music Therapy Sessions & Classes | Listen & Learn Music

Incorporating special holidays into my music therapy sessions and music classes is always fun ⁠— most of all, Halloween! I don’t know what it is that makes it extra special; maybe it’s how enthusiastic the kids are, the minor key that is often used for spooky music, or all the imaginative play, but it is just the best!

Since the beginning of October, I’ve been incorporating Halloween-themed songs into my music therapy sessions and music classes. Between the ideas that the monthly session plan gave me and my own favorite songs, I think my Halloween-themed session plan is so fun and goal-oriented, I just had to share!

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The November Session Plan is Here!

November 2019 Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

After weeks on end focused on writing my book, taking a break to put together the November session plan was a breath of fresh air. As much as I’ve loved the writing process, it will be nice to get back to the music sooner than later.

I always look forward to singing Thanksgiving songs with my kiddos, and had to hold back from overloading next month’s session plan with them. Of course, you’re always welcome to add more if you love this season’s repertoire as much as I do!

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