3 Back-To-School Songs for Your Musical Toolbox

Here in New England, there are single digit days left until back-to-school time. The kiddos’ backpacks are packed, first day of school outfits have been chosen, and every teacher I know is buzzing like a bee, making sure their classrooms are ready for that first day.

As a music therapist, that means lots of scheduling and preparing for the new year and the fall season! Personally, I’ve always felt like the school year is a fresh start, so I’ve taken it upon myself every fall to learn new repertoire, create new visuals, and refresh my musical tool kit.

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The September Session Plan is Here!

September Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

It’s CRUNCH time, so I couldn’t resist choosing an apple to represent this month’s session plan! Also, there is a song about apples included for September, so it’s doubly fitting ;)

This time of year has always been a chaotic one, as we finalize our new school year schedule, plan our sessions and curricula for the fall, and get back into the swing of things after a laid-back summer. I love the freshness of this season, but I also appreciate that it can be an overwhelming one when you have many classes, groups, and individuals for which to prepare.

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Working Smarter, Not Harder This Summer

I love the summertime, especially being out enjoying the weather. I DON’T want to be stuck inside working more than necessary, so when I’m planning music therapy sessions or music classes during these long and lazy days of summer, I try to find something fun, familiar, easy to learn, and of course, goal-oriented. 

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Helping Children Slow Down and Stay in Control

One of the most amazing qualities about music is its versatility. It can pump us up, bring back memories, teach us new skills, and calm us down. There is so much power in our melodies and chords, so let’s use our powers for good, and make sure that our clients and students leave music therapy sessions and music classes in a regulated state. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote about What It’s Like to be a Therapist at a Camp for Kids with Special Needs, and I briefly mentioned that I use music to help the campers (and staff!) stay calm and practice regulation strategies. This week, I want to expand on that and let you in on all my secrets for helping children remain slow and in control in situations where that is most appropriate!

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The August Session Plan is Here!

August Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

This month marks the ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of monthly session plans here at Listen & Learn Music! Time has flown by since I released my very first session plan last August, and now here we are on lucky #13!

I have to say, creating these plans has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made both for me personally and for YOU, based on the feedback I’ve received. I love that they are being put to use in so many ways and in so many different settings.

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DIY Cupcake Shakers + A Song for Shaking Along

DIY Cupcake Shakers for Children | Listen & Learn Music

How innovative are you when it comes to instruments for music classes, music therapy, and classroom use? Well, I can tell you I’m not even a fraction as innovative as my colleague at Music Therapy Connections, Becky Waddell.

About a month ago, Becky sent me a Slack message: “I picked up tiny cupcakes that I’m turning into shakers for one of my classes if you get an itch to write a song about cupcakes! Ha!”

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