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Listen and Learn Music: Share Something Positive

Monday, September 21, 2009

Share Something Positive

Good morning! Another Monday is upon us, and although I had a tough time getting going today, I'm making the best of it. Just one of those days, you know?

Luckily, though, I have the perfect song for a day like today, when you just need some extra positivity to lift your spirits. This is an activity I've been using with my students recently, and they really seem to enjoy it. I'll explain more after you take a listen:


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Share something positive that happened this week.
It could be at home or school.
Something that you're proud about or made you smile,
or something you thought was cool.

Many times when a student has something to share with the class and myself, he or she will speak out of turn or interrupt the current activity to do so. This particular song gives each student an opportunity to tell their story or share their thoughts while everyone is listening.

In a similar fashion to the compliment song, this tune is sung before each student's turn. The positive events they share are quite diverse; one student might talk about going fishing with his grandpa, while another might tell us that she got to go home for the weekend (many of our students live at Hope, as it is a residential facility in addition to the learning center). I love learning more about the children's lives through this activity.

How about you? I'd love to hear about something positive that happened in your life this week. I shared mine yesterday, so please return the favor in the comments section!

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13 Comments:

At September 21, 2009 at 12:05 PM , Anonymous Betsy said...

I saw the best live entertainment Saturday night! Rachel Rambach rocked the wine garden!

 
At September 21, 2009 at 1:10 PM , Blogger Mikaela said...

I attempted a comment a few days ago, but I don't think it came through. I am loving your blog! As a music major who is a teacher, member of a symphony, performer, and student, I am just inspired by your enthusiasm for using music to reach kids. A few years ago, I read Musicaphilia, an amazing book about the power of music in therapy. Have you read it?

And now, for something positive...
I played at a nursing home...how awesome to spread the joy of music to these often lonely people!

 
At September 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Rachel Rambach said...

Hi Mikaela! Thanks so much for visiting and for the nice things you said :) Yes, I read Musicaphilia in grad school and LOVED it! Very inspiring. How wonderful that you played at a nursing home...one of the most fulfilling places to share your music, because the residents enjoy it so much and truly appreciate the company.

 
At September 21, 2009 at 2:08 PM , Blogger Darkdl said...

Hi Mikaela! something positive did happen with me today something great I became the 50th follower of a great blog named Listen Learn Music

 
At September 21, 2009 at 2:10 PM , Blogger Rachel Rambach said...

Woo hoo!! 50 Followers :) I think I had about 8 last week...thanks everyone!!

 
At September 21, 2009 at 9:14 PM , Blogger Neil Bytes said...

Congratulations on being a Blog of Note

 
At September 21, 2009 at 9:45 PM , Anonymous David Aitchison said...

hey Rachel!!

i'm loving your blogs!! thanks so much for sharing your passion and talent with us!!!
i'm currently studying Primary Education in Queensland, Australia and as a lover and dabbler in music i have, in my studies, found that there is a huge lack of ways/ideas/teaching in how to use music in the general classroom! ive been sad about this! So thanks heaps for sharing your creativity and ideas! i will be sure to keep checking your blog out and (if its ok) will try out some of your ideas on my practicums!!

thanks heaps

 
At September 22, 2009 at 2:28 AM , Blogger Donie said...

Hi....


I like your post...

You're right...

Now a days it's really nice to share something good....


It's nice to know that there are still people who want to share a part of their selves.


Good job.

 
At September 22, 2009 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Heckles said...

Wonderful. I've always found that music is one common thing to bring people together, especially children. Fantastic job you are doing!

 
At September 22, 2009 at 8:53 AM , Blogger Franzine Kafka said...

hi, i saw your blog on blogs of note and i'm just stopping by to check it out.

 
At September 23, 2009 at 3:49 AM , Blogger Sonal said...

This is a very nice idea to connect to people through music....As whichever part of the world it may be, it is the same string attached ....

 
At September 23, 2009 at 7:11 AM , Blogger francein said...

most often we can get childrens attention by music..like this blog..and oh..i really like the song..is it possible for me to download it?

this week the best thing that happened was that my stepfather and i met in someplace..

 
At October 13, 2009 at 4:24 AM , Blogger Kids Music said...

It is a very nice and good post. Keep up the good work.

 

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