Happy first day of Fall! I’m not sure how we got to this point in the year already, but here we are…so we might as well sing about it. Many of my music therapy sessions, early childhood classes, and groups revolve around themes, so we’ll be doing plenty of singing about all things FALL over the next few weeks.
Since I know many of you will, too, I created a seasonal song pack comprised of 3 songs all about Fall. The pack includes the song recordings as well as a PDF songbook with melody line, lyrics, and chords. I chose the 3 songs that I rotate the MOST throughout this season; you can sing about Fall week after week while still offering some variety.
This snackable pack is just $5, so add it to your Fall repertoire today.
I am so happy to announce that as of today, my new songbook collection — Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! — is available in its entirety. I have been working SO hard over the last couple of months writing and recording 12 brand-new songs that I think you will love and be able to use with your children, students, and/or clients.
Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! is a digitally downloaded songbook collection containing 12 never-before released Listen & Learn songs for playing instruments — including rhythm sticks, hand bells, cabasa, castanets, kazoos and more. Not only does the PDF songbook provide the notated melody line, chords and lyrics, but you also receive full and instrumental mp3s for all 12 songs:
“Rhythm Sticks Mix”
“Ring Around the Rainbow”
“Hum a Tune”
“Gather ‘Round the Drum”
“Strum With Your Fingers & Thumb”
“Click Like This, Clack Like That”
“Cabasa Bossa Nova”
“Lollipop Start & Stop”
“Tam Tam Boo”
Purchasing the lead sheet and mp3s for each individual song would cost you $3 a pop; multiply that by 12 songs and you’re out $36. But since I’m all about sharing the love, I’ve priced Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! at a mere $12.
With just under a month remaining in the school year, it’s right about this time that your repertoire needs a boost — if you’re anything like me, that is. Whether you work as a music therapist in the classroom or one-on-one setting or you are a music educator, my newest creation might be just the boost you need.
(And for even more instrument songs for children, you should take a look at my best-selling songbook collection, Tapping, Shaking, Music Making!)
Last week, I announced my new songbook — Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! — which releases on May 5. But I wanted to give a taste of this brand new song collection, so I made 3 of the 12 tunes (along with the sheet music) available when you preorder.
One of those tunes is “Gather ‘Round the Drum”, which I wrote specifically for the gathering drum. This is an instrument that I find myself including in sessions and early childhood classes week after week, because not only do my kiddos LOVE playing it, but it’s a great way to foster interaction and address social skills.
This song is a fun way to prompt everyone to come to the drum, and then from there it’s easy to adapt the lyrics so that the children have a chance to play the drum in all kinds of different ways.
Do you use a gathering drum in your own classes and sessions? If so, I hope this song comes in as handy for you as it has for me in the last few weeks I’ve been singing it. Grab your preorder copy of Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! here.
P.S. Did you know that you can gain instant access to a vast collection of over 200 songs (mp3, lead sheet, and instrumental track), videos, tutorials, and visual aides, plus ALL new releases from Listen & Learn Music?
2015 has proven itself to be the year of inspiration for me so far. I started it off with a brand-new podcast, then launched my first-ever songwriting challenge (still one day left to join!), and most recently, I’ve been hard at work on a new songbook collection — the follow-up to 2013’s Tapping, Shaking Music Making!
That songbook collection was a big hit and is still one of my bestsellers, so I’ve always had plans to write a “part 2”. I figured there was no better time than at almost 9 months pregnant, just weeks shy of my due date…right? ;)
Ring, Sing, Strum & Drum! will contain 12 completely brand-new instrument songs for children, including the full and instrumental tracks as well as sheet music for each. The full collection will be released on May 5, BUT you can preorder your copy now and receive 3 of the songs immediately.
In addition to the songs that are already available, I will be adding tunes written specifically for these instruments:
- rhythm sticks
- jingle bells
- lollipop drums
- hand bells
I used my own music therapy instrument cabinet as inspiration, keeping in mind the instruments I use most often in my sessions, groups and classes. I’ve already put some of the songs to use with my own students, and I’m happy to report that they have been extremely well-received and effective.
I sell single-song album downloads (which include the full track + instrumental + lead sheet) for $3 a pop, but this 12-song collection is priced at just $12. I hope you’ll consider adding it to your repertoire, and I appreciate your support in advance!
Let me know if you have any questions, comments or feedback on the songbook collection so far. And thank you to those of you who have already placed your order…I can’t wait to share the rest of it with you in just a couple of weeks.
In my almost 10 years of experience leading early childhood music classes, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many others who do similar work. We’re therapists (of the music, physical, speech, developmental, and occupational sort), music educators, music specialists, general education teachers, volunteers, parents, and the list goes on. But the bottom line is the same: we all help kids learn and grow through music.
I’ve been writing songs and sharing them on my blog since 2008, and those songs make up much of my early childhood music class curricula. Last summer I partnered with a fellow music therapist, Katey Kamerad, and we have been collaborating to provide early childhood music programs ever since.
Katey and I put lots of time and energy into songwriting, recording, crafting, and creating print materials for each and every class session we offer. We go through this process every 6 weeks or so, and while it is exhausting, we absolutely love the work.
But we know that not all leaders do. Maybe you are passionate about marketing but not songwriting. Perhaps putting together your curriculum together completely stresses you out, but you are passionate about putting songs into action with your students. It very well could be that you just aren’t interested in writing your own songs, but you need fresh material.
No matter which category you fall under, Katey and I created a resource for you. We’ve taken the classes that have already been put into action here at our studio in Springfield, IL and packaged them up so that you can do the same.
Today we are launching Listen & Learn for Leaders, a collection of materials for ANYONE who uses music to help children learn and grow. These include:
- Facilitator Packages: All the tools you need to facilitate a 45-minute early childhood music class, developed by board-certified music therapists, in one downloadable file. Each package contains a guide with list of instruments, materials and instructions/suggestions for each song, as well as a lyric packet for participants, chords for the facilitator, and collection of mp3s.
- Song Mini-Packs: A collection of songs centered around one theme. Each song was written or adapted by us and utilized in our early childhood music classes. Mini-packs include an instructional guide, lyrics/chords, and mp3s.
- VIP Membership: Receive every product in our catalog, along with extra videos, songs, and downloadables, on a bi-weekly basis right in your inbox.
And this is just a jumping off-point. We have lots of plans in the works for other resources and materials, and in the meantime will be sharing tips, techniques and tools regularly on the Listen & Learn for Leaders blog.
So please head over to the brand-new site and take a look around. If you have feedback to share, we’d love to hear it! Thanks for all YOU do as a leader in the lives of children.