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.
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.
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.
Now that the new year is upon us, many people are making resolutions for the new year…myself included. Last year, I resolved to grow as a professional, and I think it’s safe to say I did that!
Last year, my work was featured on a local TV segment, I completed four more classes towards my graduate degree in music therapy, and I started working for L&L. 2018 was kind to me, but I want to grow even more in 2019!
This year, I’ve challenged myself to learn or write a new song every week of the year. If I can accomplish it, I will have 52 more songs in my repertoire!
Happy New Year! We are just 3 days into 2019, but so far, I’m pretty enamored with it. This week has been the perfect mix of lazing around the house and making big plans for the new year, and in doing both, I’ve come up with a pretty sizable list of current favorite things.
I heard on a podcast last week that the way you spend New Year’s Eve sets the tone for the new year. I loved that idea, and am applying it to my entire day — which started with my alarm going off at 5:30 am.
I don’t know about you, but I have been kicking up my feet and relaxing during this holiday break. I want to make the most of my time off so that when I roll out of bed on January 2nd, I’m prepared with high-quality, goal-oriented songs for my first music therapy sessions and music classes of the new year. And that’s where Listen & Learn Music comes in!
As December goes on, we draw closer to the BIG DAY! The joy is visible on every little face in my music therapy sessions and music classes, and it is so contagious. Between the green Christmas trees, jolly Santa Claus, beautifully wrapped presents, and Christmas music, it’s impossible not to be filled with joy!
I will be the first to admit that planning for after the holidays in the thick of December is NOT an easy task. As much as I would love to spend every spare minute curled up on my couch watching Christmas movies, I know that my future self will thank me for putting in the time now so that my January sessions and materials are ready to go when 2019 begins.
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.
Next month’s music therapy sessions, early childhood groups, or classroom music…planned for you in advance.
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