Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC
Welcome! My name is Rachel Rambach. Here are a few words and phrases I might use to describe myself: mom, music therapist, business owner, singer, songwriter, and educator. So what happens when all of these aspects of my life converge? Well, you’re looking at it!
This is where all of my interests and skills are combined for one purpose: to make peoples’ lives better through music. Whether it’s through my original songs, serving my community through my business, or singing with my children, this is my favorite place to share my musical endeavors. Thank you for visiting, and I hope to get to know you better.
In addition to my music therapy work, I also perform frequently in local venues and at both public and private events. To inquire about booking opportunities, please contact me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether it is a school performance, outreach event, or fundraiser, I love making music with children in the community! To inquire about booking opportunities, please contact me via email, email@example.com.
For over 100 videos of my original songs, work with children, and performances, visit my YouTube channel here.
Want to know more about my background and journey to becoming a music therapist? Read my story for all the details, including the evolution of my business and family.
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One of the most amazing qualities about music is its versatility. It can pump us up, bring back memories, teach us new skills, and calm us down. There is so much power in our melodies and chords, so let’s use our powers for good, and make sure that our clients and students leave music therapy sessions and music classes in a regulated state.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about What It’s Like to be a Therapist at a Camp for Kids with Special Needs, and I briefly mentioned that I use music to help the campers (and staff!) stay calm and practice regulation strategies. This week, I want to expand on that and let you in on all my secrets for helping children remain slow and in control in situations where that is most appropriate!
Some of the goals addressed in these songs:
- Improve social skills
- Identify emotions and body language
- Identify coping skills
“Slow and in Control” is perfect just the way it is, as a social song story. The lyrics detail several situations where our bodies must be in control to maintain safety and care.
Visual aides or sign language can be added to increase the participants’ understanding of the lyrics. Additional lyrics can also be added to target specific situations that clients and students need to work on.
I know for my kiddos, walking to the playground and washing hands are both very common times during which they need to slow down so that their bodies are in control.
I like to slow down the song “Slow and in Control”, and use it as a framework for a guided relaxation. To my surprise, this works so well with everyone from preschool to high school!
In between choruses, I improvise lyrics to target various body parts, and instruct participants to squeeze and release their shoulders, fists, and toes, while also stretching and taking deep breaths. The first few times I do the guided relaxation, I demonstrate the movements with my kiddos, but they typically catch on really quickly.
I always play my guitar with a gentle strumming or picking pattern. I like to use the chord structure to add tension and release so that the music mimics the actions I want the students and clients to execute. I always use the music as my most powerful tool when leading a guided relaxation, and it really works!
My jaw was on the floor in awe when I did this for the first time with a group of 3 and 4 year olds. They were all laying on their classroom rug, taking deep breaths, with the lights out; It was AMAZING!
Children can do so many things, we just have to give them the tools and opportunities to do it. I challenge you to try a guided relaxation with your youngest clients, and let me know how it goes in the comments below!
You can listen to this song in its entirety right here. Lyrics, chords, mp3, and instrumental track for this original song is available for download. As is the case for all Listen & Learn Music creations, we invite you to adapt this song as needed to best serve your students and/or clients.
This month marks the ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of monthly session plans here at Listen & Learn Music! Time has flown by since I released my very first session plan last August, and now here we are on lucky #13!
I have to say, creating these plans has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made both for me personally and for YOU, based on the feedback I’ve received. I love that they are being put to use in so many ways and in so many different settings.read more…
Parents and caregivers often attend music classes and music therapy sessions, and although those classes and sessions are not for them, their presence so important to the progress and growth of our clients and students.
It’s always important to engage everyone in the room through the music, and unfortunately sometimes the adults get forgotten. But parents and caregivers are more likely to engage with their children and return to music class and music therapy sessions if they are also playing instruments, singing along, and dancing.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things that can help keep everybody engaged during music class or music therapy!read more…
How innovative are you when it comes to instruments for music classes, music therapy, and classroom use? Well, I can tell you I’m not even a fraction as innovative as my colleague at Music Therapy Connections, Becky Waddell.
About a month ago, Becky sent me a Slack message: “I picked up tiny cupcakes that I’m turning into shakers for one of my classes if you get an itch to write a song about cupcakes! Ha!”read more…
This past week, I was on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, at Adam’s Camp New England. For the past three years, I have been one of the music therapists for Adam’s Camp. Every year, this camp has pushed me to the limits and taught me new skills, while creating incredible bonds with children, their families, and other therapists along the way.
To say I love this camp would be a serious understatement! I look forward to my weeks at Adam’s Camp more than almost anything all year.read more…
Summer is usually a pretty laid-back time at my private practice, Music Therapy Connections. However, summer 2019 is a MAJOR exception to this rule, as it has been quite the whirlwind so far.
At the end of May, we welcomed a new music therapy intern, Emma, and then just a couple weeks later, we welcomed a new full-time music therapist, Molly. Then, one week after that, our long-time music therapist, Alisabeth, left us to have her baby.
So as you can imagine, there has been an overload of new client intake, new contracts beginning, and current clients being reassigned to different music therapists. Thankfully, we are at tail end of this shuffle, and now the real work begins.read more…
One of my all-time favorite instruments in my music therapy arsenal is my collection of cabasas! I love them so much, and use them frequently in my music therapy sessions and music classes — probably every day.
When I pass out cabasas, people are often unsure how to use them and typically require some guidance. Because of this, the cabasa is a great instrument for children to explore, be creative, and practicing mimicking.read more…
It’s official: I have a 6-year-old! When Parker turned 5 (remember his epic Batman birthday bash!?) it felt like he was entering the “big kid” years, and now it seems that he is firmly in that category.
After two years of hosting big backyard birthday parties, this mama was ready to keep it much more low-key. So we rented out our local gymnastics center, where Parker and 18 of his closest friends could run wild and use up all their summer energy.read more…
As I was scrolling through Listen & Learn Music in search of a movement song, I stumbled upon “Move Your Body Along” — a true hidden gem in the L&L catalog.
I have to admit, I listen to so many songs because of my job, that sometimes I forget them. Other times, I have the best of intentions, set out to learn a song and incorporate it into my repertoire, and just never do it. THIS is one of those songs!read more…
Although summer doesn’t officially begin for a few more days, it certainly feels like it! I’ve been putting my favorite summer-themed songs to use for the last few weeks, and will continue to do so when it comes to my July session plan.
At my private practice, we are facilitating music groups and music therapy in several summer camp sessions and other non-traditional settings, so I’m looking forward to implementing this session plan in ways that I don’t typically have the opportunity to during the school year.read more…