Embracing & Managing Holiday Excitement

Embracing & Managing Holiday Excitement | Music Therapy | Listen & Learn Music

Around this time of year, the holiday decorations come out, everyone is filled with cheer, and our clients and students feel it! They’re excited for snow days, gifts, holiday traditions, and all the beautiful lights.

Sometimes, that can make for chaotic music therapy sessions or classes. It can be overwhelming to see this change in our clients and students, and we may need to modify our session plans to address their needs.

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The December Session Plan is Here!

{December 2018} Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

I’m one of those people who can’t help but start getting into the holiday spirit the minute Halloween ends. While I’ve managed to hold off putting up my Christmas tree, I was more than happy to have a reason to pull out my holiday repertoire.

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Preparing for Thanksgiving Through Song

Thanksgiving Songs for Children | Listen & Learn Music

Thanksgiving is one of the most delicious and humbling holidays of the year. However, when it comes to my students and clients, many of them are hesitant about the food and have a difficult time understanding what it means to be thankful.  

For children with special needs, many of the aspects of Thanksgiving are challenging: eating so many different foods, often with lots of unfamiliar family members, a change from their typical routine, and being thankful (what does that even mean?!?) can be overwhelming.

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Celebrating the Little Victories

Celebrating the Little Victories | Listen & Learn Music

When I was working on my undergraduate degree, one of my music therapy supervisors said something to the effect of “We’ve got to celebrate the little victories, and sometimes it takes a long time to achieve them”. As a young music therapy student, I thought I understood what my supervisor meant, but looking back, I realize I didn’t completely get it.

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