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.
What does a music therapist do in a week? Well, each music therapist will probably tell you something a little different depending on where they work and the populations they serve. However, each music therapist’s schedule should have at least these three things on their weekly agenda: sessions, prep and planning time, and documentation.
I wrote the song “Love, Love, Love (My Family)” before I became a mom, believe it or not. This photo was taken just a few days after my daughter Mia Belle was born and completed our family; now this song is more special to me than ever.
I absolutely love getting to teach Listen & Learn classes at Music Therapy Connections. Each 4-week session looks a little different in terms of what Listen & Learn material is used and who the participants are.
However, I usually can count on there being a good mix of ages between 0-3 years old. I was shocked when I found out that this session included a class with participants all under the age of 1!
As musicians, we have all studied music intensely for years, and for many of us, even decades. We know and understand music on a very deep level and bring that knowledge into our clinical work and classrooms every day.
Because our knowledge is so intrinsic, sometimes we forget how complex and special music really is. We’re somewhat blind to the special power that we have, which is our deep understanding of music and how to utilize it.
So, I’m remedying this blind spot! My upcoming blog posts will focus on the various elements of music and how to highlight them in music therapy sessions and music classes.
Now that I’m almost two weeks out from the initial launch, I can happily say that my stress levels have drastically decreased, and I’ve been able to actually enjoy the fruits of my year-long labor (starting with the surprise party my amazing friends and husband organized the night of launch).
Memorizing repertoire can be a daunting task. For some people, it is incredibly difficult to do. It is time consuming. You may not even be sure if those around you care or benefit from the music being memorized or not. It can be an internal battle when deciding whether to memorize a song or not.
When teaching classes and providing music therapy sessions, memorization of pieces can be crucial to the success of an experience, or it could really not matter in the grand scheme of things. Throughout my week, I utilize three different methods: memorization, having my music off to the side, and putting the music on a stand in front of me.
Here is what I consider when deciding which setup to use.
Music therapists, musicians, music educators, and music students tend to have an abundance of repertoire. It can definitely be difficult to keep track of everything. How to organize this music has been a hot topic in many circles I am a part of.
I have personally used both the electronic and paper routes of repertoire organization. There are pros and cons to each format. Let’s take a look at them below.
Wow, has January been a whirlwind of a month. Shortly after the start of a new year and new decade, my private practice and teaching studio went into full swing, including a full slate of fresh music classes for children ranging from early childhood to early elementary ages. On top of that, I got to launch my new book and 6 CMTE course, Innovative Income for Music Therapists, earlier this week.
Suffice it to say that in February, my plan is to REST. In fact, that is one of my goals for 2020 — not only to get more sleep, but to enjoy downtime without feeling antsy. My mind and body are still in turbo-mode, so I’m looking forward to next month and the opportunity to chill.
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.
Click the image below for this free resource and song collection!