Shaking Up Goals (and Achieving Them!) with Fruit Shakers

Achieving Goals in Music Therapy with Fruit Shakers

If there’s one kind of instrument I can’t live without, it has to be the fruit shakers. These fun and colorful instruments hold so many possibilities and bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Pairing the catchy song “Shaky Fruit Salad” with these musical apples, oranges, lemons and bananas is a great way to mix up boring old egg shakers, while still addressing many important developmental goals!

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How to Prep for Summer

How to Prep for Summer

The above image is — believe it or not — an accurate representation of my attitude as summer approaches. I have an intense love for this season, and it brings out my inner child (much to the approval of my own children!).

My inner child has never been one for long research and planning sessions, which always used to present a challenge when it came time to prepare for my summertime music therapy clients, groups, and classes. I always felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants in those settings because I was too busy enjoying the season to gather resources and plan properly.

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{Song Video} Polar Bear

Polar Bear | Rhythmic Pattern Song for Children | Listen & Learn Music | Rachel Rambach

Tap-tap-clap, tap-tap-clap…that’s the body rhythm pattern that accompanies the verses of this catchy winter song. We change things up during the chorus, rubbing our hands together to create that swishy swimming sound as the polar bear glides through the sea.

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30 Songs I’m Singing With Older Adults in Music Therapy

25 Songs I'm Singing With Older Adults in Music Therapy

Here’s a little-known fact: when I set out to become a music therapist, I had no intention of working with children. My heart was with older adults, after witnessing the power of music with my grandma, who had Alzheimer’s Disease. My first practicum experience in a nursing home during graduate school only further solidified my plans.

But as I gained more experience working with children, I had a change of heart. Helping them achieve their goals through music is what brought me the most joy, so I pursued an internship that served mainly children. From that point on, it was clear that I had found my dream population.

Fast forward a little over 10 years to this past December, when my private practice was contacted by a memory care center in a nearby city. They wanted to offer music therapy services to their residents as soon as possible, and I surprised myself by offering to personally take on the contract for the time being.

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Thanksgiving Song Roundup!

Roundup - Thanksgiving Songs for Kids Listen & Learn Music

It’s that time again! Thanksgiving songs just might be my favorite out of all the holidays, so I am excited to share with you the songs from my collection that are perfect for this season.

There are many tunes I’ve written and collected over the years, but these are the 6 that I continue to pull out and use with my students every single November. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Psst…right now, you can become a VIP Listen & Learn Plus member and get all of these songs (plus hundreds more music resources for children) with a biannual payment plan. I only offer this once a year, and it ends soon! Click here for details.

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I Heart My Hydro Flask

Hydroflask Water Bottle

Never did I ever think I would shell out almost $50 for a water bottle. Crazy talk, right!? BUT, I am not a water drinker, and that is not a good thing. I even ended up in the hospital during my last pregnancy due to dehydration. So while I’ve tried to do better ever since that scary event, I was still slacking.

The only way I knew for sure that I would actually drink the amount of water my body needs was to become financially invested. I had heard about the Hydro Flask on a podcast I love, and after that, I just kept spotting it everywhere. Obviously it was a sign — I was meant to have this water bottle!

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