The February Session Plan is Here!

February Session Plan | Listen & Learn Music

It’s hard to believe that the first month of the year is halfway over, and it’s already time to start planning for February. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of these winter months…so I won’t put up too much of a fight as they fly by and we get closer to spring.

But in the meantime, there’s a foot of snow blanketing my entire backyard, which I used as visual inspiration while I sat here at my desk and created the February session plan.


Effortless Session Planning for the New Year

Effortless Session Planning for the New Year | Listen & Learn Music

I don’t know about you, but I have been kicking up my feet and relaxing during this holiday break. I want to make the most of my time off so that when I roll out of bed on January 2nd, I’m prepared with high-quality, goal-oriented songs for my first music therapy sessions and music classes of the new year. And that’s where Listen & Learn Music comes in!


{GGB 67} Wearing Multiple Hats in Music Class

Guitars & Granola Bars Podcast: Episode 67 | Listen & Learn Music

There is a whole lot of crossover when it comes to being both a music therapist and a mom…especially when you teach early childhood classes and have young children. Jaime and I can check both of those boxes, and have a whole lot of experience playing both the role of music class teacher and mom at the same time.

In Episode 67 of the Guitars & Granola Bars podcast, we talk all about having our own kids attend our music classes: the benefits, the drawbacks, the funny and memorable moments. This episode is a fun one whether or not you’ve played these dual roles yourself!


Friday Fave: Italy, Spain and Home Again

You’ve probably noticed that aside from my weekly song posts, the blog has been pretty quiet over the past couple of weeks. I don’t like to go without posting for long, but this time I had a good excuse: I was on vacation in Italy and Spain!

My husband and I had the time of our lives traveling through Rome, Florence, Venice and Barcelona. And while initially I had planned on keeping a daily journal, it turned out we were way too busy for that.

I’ve only been home for a few days, but I’m finally starting to get over my post-vacation blues and back into the swing of things. I’m looking forward to having a productive Labor Day weekend, followed by the beginning of the fall session here at the studio on Tuesday.

This summer was a blur of hard work (from both myself and my students!) and fun; a European vacation was the perfect ending to my favorite season. How are you spending the final weekend of summer as we know it?

Friday Fave: Making a Guest Appearance…

Guest Post at Mundana Music Therapy

…over at Mundana Music Therapy, one of my favorite blogs by two of my favorite music therapists! If you’re curious about how I organize and access my insanely huge repertoire of music therapy songs, then hop on over and check out my guest post, 5 Ways to Organize Music Therapy Repertoire.

Kimberly Thompson and Megan Resig are the owners of Mundana Music Therapy, and recently relocated their private practice from Rochester, New York all the way to Portland, Oregon.

Kim and I ended up in the same elevator at last year’s AMTA national conference in Cleveland, where she introduced herself and told me that she and Megan would be attending the CMTE presented by myself and my Music Therapy Round Table colleagues. They did, and we have been in touch ever since. In fact, Mundana Music Therapy is the newest Listen & Learn sponsor.

Kim and Megan are doing big things in the world of music therapy, and I’m honored that they invited me to make an appearance on their blog. So go check it out, and have an amazing Friday!

Warming Up and Chilling Out

Westin Kierland Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ

Every year, my husband and I look forward to our April vacation.  In years past, we’ve gone to Palm Springs, Hilton Head, San Diego, San Antonio, and this year…Scottsdale (that’s our hotel, the Westin Kierland, pictured above).  What do all five of those destinations have in common?  They’re all much warmer than where we’re coming from.

Even though it’s April, it’s still not very spring-like in central Illinois.  Seriously, temperatures in the 50s and low 60s…ugh.  But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is why I’m optimistically posting this song today:

Well it’s not too cold and it’s not too hot,
It’s warm, it’s warm.
Don’t need a coat, won’t sweat a lot,
It’s warm, it’s warm, it’s warm.

It’s warm outside, right in between
Spring is here, the trees are green
And so today we’ll play outside
Hop on our bikes, and take a ride
It’s warm, it’s warm, it’s warm.

Well it’s not too cold and it’s not too hot,
It’s warm, it’s warm.
Don’t need a coat, won’t sweat a lot,
It’s warm, it’s warm, it’s
Warm, not hot, not cold, just right.
Enjoy the day, it’s shining bright.
It’s warm, it’s warm, it’s warm.

Whether or not it actually starts to warm up here in the Midwest, I’m not worried about the temperatures where we’re headed tomorrow.  Hello, 80 degrees and sunshine!  Perfect weather for chilling out in the lazy river at our hotel (how cool is that?!) and exploring Scottsdale.

I most definitely won’t be spending much time on the computer while I’m away, but not to worry…I have blog posts ready and waiting to be posted.  After all, vacation is no excuse to slack on my 365 in 2011 goal!

Is it warming up yet where you are?

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