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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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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Movement Songs to Regain Group Focus

Movement Songs to Regain Group Focus | Listen & Learn Music

Music is such an exciting time, especially for little ones. Sometimes our young group members get caught up in their excitement and lose their focus on what the rest of the group is doing. This can have a spiral effect and soon the group can feel out of control. How do we handle these situations?

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The January Session Plan is Here!

January 2020 Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

I have to admit, it felt really strange typing “2020” on next month’s session plan. Even though the new year is mere weeks away, it feels like 2019 just started. But I always look forward to the fresh start and clean slate that January 1 brings, and of course, it also means a fresh session plan for you!

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Instilling the Spirit of Giving

Instilling the Spirit of Giving During the Holidays Through Music | Listen & Learn Music

No matter what holiday you celebrate during the month of December, a common theme throughout them all is giving! Whether that is giving gifts or giving your time to others, there are many ways that we can give.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle —shopping, parties, and many other fun things that are happening —that sometimes we forget what the holidays are all about. And in my opinion, the best way to instill the true meaning of the holidays in children is singing about it!

The songs I’ve highlighted are all about the true meaning of the holidays, and are so catchy, everyone will sing along right with you.

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Session Planning in a Specialized School Setting

The Other Eight Reindeer | Listen & Learn Music

With the holiday season now in full swing, I recently started utilizing holiday-themed sessions with my students at a specialized school for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

This won’t be the first time I have used Listen & Learn material in this setting. These songs provide great opportunities for growth and learning, and have truly shown to be effective for the students there. 

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