Listen & Learn for Little Ones

Listen & Learn for Little Ones Early Childhood Class in Springfield, IL

Listen & Learn for Little Ones is an early childhood music class for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. Created by music therapists Rachel Rambach and Katey Kamerad, this class is designed to instill and foster a love of music as well as develop basic skills for both musical growth and daily life.

The Listen & Learn for Little Ones curriculum is comprised of both original and familiar songs that you can start singing along with at the very first class. Activities are designed based on specific goals and objectives. Skills that are addressed through the Listen & Learn curriculum include (but are not limited to) fine and gross motor movement, rhythmic foundations, intonation, peer interaction, turn-taking, and academic concepts.

As a parent or caregiver, you attend the class with your child to provide support and encouragement — and capture photos and videos of music making in action! Each 45-minute class combines structured activities (movement, singable stories, group instrument play, etc.) with free time for children to explore various instruments and interact with one another.

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Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BCRachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC grew up in Springfield, Illinois, where she participated in and studied all types of music from an early age. She completed her bachelors degree in voice performance at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude. Rachel went on to earn her masters degree in music therapy from Illinois State University, again receiving top honors. She began her career at the Hope Institute for Children & Families, where she designed and implemented its first-ever music therapy program. She serves on the children’s music staff at Laurel United Methodist Church. Rachel cohosts the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, and is a member of the Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, American Music Therapy Association, and Illinois Association for Music Therapy. Rachel has specialized training in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy.

Katey Kamerad, MT-BC

Katey Kamerad, MT-BC grew up in Channahon, Illinois and is currently residing in Lincoln, IL. At a young age, Katey became actively engaged in music making of all kinds, taking guitar and voice lesson, performing and competing, and devoting herself to learning piano. She completed her bachelors degree in music therapy at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL where she graduated summa cum laude as college scholar and honors college scholar. Katey completed her internship at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL and is currently providing music therapy services through Music Therapy Connections and through St. John’s Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Illinois Association for Music Therapy.

Janel Metzger, MT-BCJanel Metzger, MT-BC grew up in Orion, IL and currently resides in Danvers, IL. She started playing piano at age 5, took flute lessons from age 11 through college, and started guitar and ukulele in college. She graduated from Western Illinois University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. Janel began her Music Therapy career working at West Music in their Music Therapy department. She worked with a variety of clientele including students with disabilities in schools, nursing home groups, hospice patients, groups of adults with disabilities, recreational music groups for young adults with disabilities and adaptive lessons.

Alisabeth HopperAlisabeth Hopper grew up in Roodhouse, Illinois where she began her interest in music. By age fourteen she had devoted most of her time to performing with piano, guitar, flute, and voice. Alisabeth is attending Western Illinois University where she is seeking to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy with an internship at Music Therapy Connections.

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