This semester, I’m in pre-practicum for my mental health counseling degree, and the focus for our clinical sessions is on listening, being in the moment, and reflection of feelings. I am trying to carry my intention of being PRESENT into every aspect of my life, and while it’s not always easy, I’m proud of my progress.
Part of that has been cutting way back on my social media consumption (more about that in this blog post), which has resulted in having more time to get ahead on both my schoolwork and work-work :) The latter includes a new session plan, which drops today!
How is the new year going for you? If it’s anything like mine, it’s probably been a little (or a lot)…bumpy. COVID-19 is raging once again, which has posed issues for my private practice, children’s school, and just about every other area of life. It’s beyond frustrating, and I know for some, this resurgence has been devastating. If you are in that position, my heart is with you. There has to be some light at the end of this tunnel, right?
Pandemic or not, monthly sessionplans continue on—next up, for the month of February. I’ve already been using quite a few of these songs (including the companion hello/goodbye songs, which I wrote on the spot during a telehealth music therapy session last week) throughout January, and will probably still be singing them in March, too :)
I don’t know about you, but it’s right around this time every year that my creative energy and brain power start to lose steam, and all I really want to do is eat delicious treats while watching Christmas movies. It’s especially true this year, having just wrapped up the first semester of my counseling master’s program (finals are no joke!).
But alas, there is still work to be done. I’ll be leading classes and providing music therapy until Wednesday of next week, at which point I’ll take a highly anticipated break until the start of the new year. Speaking of, it’s time to share the first monthly session plan of 2022!
I have to say, I am very excited for Thanksgiving. Pretty much all the holidays in 2020 were a huge bummer, but now that my family is vaccinated (and hopefully the kids will be soon, too!), we are looking forward to spending Thanksgiving and Christmas together this year.
I know we still have plenty of time — I didn’t forget about, you Halloween — but putting together the November session plan had me thinking a few weeks ahead. It’s been so much fun pulling out all of my fall favorites for my music therapy sessions and classes (especially the in-person ones that I missed so much last year), and I’m pumped to see “Turkey Dinner Dance” and other Thanksgiving songs in action soon.
Turns out that if you enroll in a full-time graduate program and take on a new telehealth contract ON TOP of everything else you already have going on, the days and weeks suddenly speed up and disappear before your eyes. That’s how my fall is going so far…how about you?
Truth be told, this *very* full schedule isn’t actually as stressful as I thought it would be. Having so many things on my plate has caused me to find a space for EVERYTHING on my calendar, and since there are no hours (or minutes, lol) to spare, I simply don’t have the option to procrastinate. It’s working well so far, and hopefully will continue to, since this is my life for the foreseeable future.
If your plate is just as full as mine, hopefully I can help give you back some of the time you might otherwise spend planning for your music therapy sessions, circle time, or classroom music. That was my whole reason for creating monthly session plans in the first place, and why I’ve continued to do so for 3+ years!
Welcome! I’m Rachel Rambach, board-certified music therapist and creator of Listen & Learn Music — educational songs and musical materials for children. I love sharing my work with you, along with my behind-the-scenes creative process, adventures in business ownership, and life as a mom of two little ones.
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