About

 

My name is Kristen Crouch and I am a wife, mother of 2 boys, a music therapist, an educator, and an artist, I started Rhythms For Living in 2009 as a board certified music therapist and music educator. At the time I was practicing as a music therapist and music educator and had a desire to serve others. I grew my private practice over the next 6 years and had the opportunity to work with some amazing therapists and teachers.

 

A cross-country move in 2015 with my family led me to close my private practice but gave me time to focus on my two boys. The last two years have been wonderful and also very difficult. From lack of family and support, closing a business I had worked so hard to build, going from sunny Florida to rainy Washington, going through a second pregnancy at an older age, trying to adjust to being a stay at home mom to two, and going through postpartum depression has offered many challenges. The beauty of it was the way God has carried me through and all that I have learned.

 

Rhythmsforliving.com has become my means of sharing with you what I have learned over my years as a music educator, a music therapist, a business owner, a mom, and as a woman. I am still on my journey through motherhood and womanhood and have much to learn. My hope is that you will be encouraged and take something away from what I offer here and join me as we learn together.

 

I would love to hear from you and how you are navigating your rhythms of life.

 

Kristen Crouch’s Curriculum Vitae

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Kristen Crouch, MEd, MM, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist
Founder of Rhythms For Living, LLC

 

Kristen is a board certified music therapist and music educator. Kristen received a Masters of Music Therapy from Florida State University and Neonatal ICU-MT certification from the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy. She has experience working with children and adults in the educational, mental health, and medical settings. Kristen has worked with children with autism and special needs for more than 7 years, and specializes in special needs, autism, early intervention and early childhood.
Kristen has 10+ years teaching experience in the public and private school system as well as a Masters of Education in the Arts. Over the past 20+ years she has taught music to students of many ages and various developmental levels, both domestically and internationally. Kristen has put on numerous concert performances with students both in the public school setting and privately.
Kristen ran a private practice offering music therapy and education services from 2009-2015 in South Florida. With a team of talented music therapists and educators, Rhythms For Living worked with various ages and populations such as substance abuse, hospice, children with autism, children with special needs, young children, and community professionals such as teachers, therapists, and community leaders.
Kristen moved to the Seattle area in 2015 and closed her private practice to raise her two boys. She continues to provide online resources for parents, teachers, and professionals based on her years of experience through rhythmsforliving.com.

Online Resource for Parents and Professionals:

Rhythmsforliving.com 2009 – present

Private Practice:

Rhythms For Living, LLC 2009 – 2015

Education:

Master of Music, Music Therapy – Florida State University

Master of Education, Arts in Learning – Endicott College

Bachelor of Arts, Music Education – Eastern Nazarene College

MT Internship:

Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Certifications:

Certification Board for Music Therapists
National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy

Music Educator (K-12) – Florida, Massachusetts
Infant Toddler Development Specialist certificates
PCM Practitioner 2 – Professional Crisis Management Association

Research:

“The effects of family music therapy on the attachment behaviors of children and adolescents

in foster care and adoptive families” – (2008)

International Experience:

Nazarene in Volunteer Service – Sighisoara, Romania (1999 – 2000); music teacher, worship team –

Romanian, English, director of program with abandoned children

 

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