My Go-To Instruments & Props

My Go To Instruments and Props | Listen & Learn Music

As a new music therapist, I was constantly on the hunt for new, unique, and unconventional items to add to my instrument and props collection. And although they were fun and different at first, the novelty wore off quickly…especially when I realized they weren’t super versatile for use across settings and populations.

It took a few years, but I finally came around to the fact that the most traditional instruments and props in my collection are also (usually) the most effective.

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Music Therapy Connections is Hiring!

Music Therapy Connections | Springfield, IL

My wonderful team of 4 board-certified music therapists and 8 instructors is growing! We couldn’t be more excited about hiring another music therapist, which will enable Music Therapy Connections to serve even more people in the central Illinois area.

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World Music Therapy Day

I’m proud to be a music therapist every day of the year, but especially on this one. March 1st is World Music Therapy Day, so today I’m celebrating my colleagues around the globe, the amazing work they do, and all of those who have and continue to benefit from music therapy services.

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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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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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