Innovative Income for Music Therapists {Launch Bonuses Ending!}

Innovative Income for Music Therapists {Launch Bonuses Ending!} | Rachel Rambach

Leading up to the launch of Innovative Income for Music Therapists: Beyond Direct Service & Private Practice, I was in a perpetual state of stress. There was SO much to do, between finishing up the audiobook, writing the emails, prepping the social media posts, and making sure the website was updated and ready for orders.

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).

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To Memorize or NOT to Memorize Repertoire?

To Memorize or NOT to Memorize Repertoire? | Listen & Learn Music
I always keep my music next to me in my Listen & Learn classes.

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.

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How To Organize Your Repertoire

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.

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The February Session Plan is Here!

February 2020 Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

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.

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A Music Therapist’s New Year’s Resolution {2020 Edition}

A new decade is here, and with that, new exciting challenges and opportunities are upon us. Last year, I resolved to learn or write a new song every week. I’m not sure I quite accomplished my goal, but I learned so many songs and wrote quite a handful too!

In 2019, I finished my master’s degree, started a new job, began working with older adults, and began teaching at the collegiate level. Who knows what will happen in 2020, but my professional goal is clear: I want to remain focused on my students’ and clients’ goals. 

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My Word for 2020

2020 Word of the Year | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

I have mixed emotions about leaving 2019 behind. It was a great year on so many levels both personally and professionally, but it was also a year filled with more “hustle” and less “self-care” than I’d like to admit.

My word for 2019 was CREATE, and that I did. My big goal for the year was to write a book, and I accomplished that goal with over a month to spare. Writing Innovative Income for Music Therapists was anything but easy, though, and when I reflect on the past year, the difficulty of that process is at the forefront.

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Being a Music Therapist During the Holiday Season

Well, Christmas has passed and the New Year is almost here. To my fellow music therapists out there: Congrats! You’ve almost made it through the holiday season!

The holidays bring so much joy, cheer, excitement, and fun; they always provide for an interesting music-making experience. This is my first holiday season as a music therapist, and I’ve noticed just a few things:

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A Very Rambach Christmas 2019

A Very Rambach Christmas 2019

This holiday season felt like a total whirlwind, and I can hardly believe Christmas is already over. Despite how fast it went, this was one of my favorite Christmases yet for so many reasons.

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Transitioning from Fall to Winter

The switch from fall to winter can be very unclear, especially living in the Midwest. I know that when I was a student, I considered the season to be winter as soon as the first snowfall began. However, that is not always true! In fact, some of our schools here in Springfield have already had snow days this year, and it’s still technically fall until December 21st.

It’s truly felt like winter for several weeks. The season will soon be in full swing, and we need to be ready for it!

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