The February Session Plan is Here!

February Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

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.

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Snowy Songs For Snowy Days

Snowy Songs for Snowy Days | Listen & Learn Music

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.

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Music Therapy: Applications for Communication

Music Therapy: Applications for Communication | Listen & Learn Music

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.

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A Music Therapist’s New Year’s Resolution

A Music Therapist's New Year's Resolution

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!

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What I’m Loving Right Now

What I'm Loving Right Now | Listen & Learn Music | Rachel Rambach

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.

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My Word for 2019

My Word for 2019 - Create | Listen & Learn Music | Rachel Rambach

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.

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Effortless Session Planning for the New Year

Effortless Session Planning for the New Year | Listen & Learn Music

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!

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A Very Rambach Christmas 2018

A Very Rambach Christmas 2018 | Rachel Rambach | Listen & Learn Music

Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday spent with friends and family, along with a little relaxation as well.

As for me, this holiday season has been a…memorable one. Over the years, I’ve had a knack for getting sick right before Christmas, and apparently, I have passed that on to my children.

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Infusing Music Therapy Sessions With Joy

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!

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The January Session Plan is Here!

{January 2019} Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

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.

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