In Episode 28 of the Guitars & Granola Bars podcast, I’m doing something a little different: instead of interviewing a guest, I’m sharing my own experiences with motherhood and working as a music therapist. I talk about cutting my undergraduate experience short to pursue music therapy, working 12-hour days at the beginning of my career, and making huge changes to my private practice while caring for a newborn and toddler.
Rachel is a board-certified music therapist in central Illinois and co-owner of Music Therapy Connections, LLC, which she founded in 2007. She writes and records original songs for children, which she shares at Listen & Learn Music. In addition to providing music therapy services, lessons, and early childhood classes through her company, Rachel also leads a music class for children at Laurel United Methodist Church. She is a co-host of the Music Therapy Round Table podcast and a member of her state and national music therapy associations.
Rachel and her husband Zach have two children, Parker (2 years old) and Mia (2 months old). She enjoys performing in her acoustic duo, watching copious amounts of HGTV, and traveling with her family.
A Recording studio for Music Therapy Connections // The Indiegogo campaign for Rachel’s private practice and teaching studio.
Moby Wrap // Rachel’s favorite babywearing product, which allows her to have free hands and get things done while keeping her baby close.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up // The #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home.
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