Author Archives : rfl09


Xylophone Fun Resources

  Did you know there are many different ways to use our Xylophone Fun Curriculum (eBooks)? We will be sharing suggestions of different ways to use this great resource. To begin with I thought I’d share with you the different instruments that you can use this curriculum with. Of course I had already mentioned the […]


Sounds like music!

One of the phrases I hear the most from my toddler these days is, “Sounds like music!” He is very attuned to the sounds around him and now he is noticing how sounds organized in a specific way make music.   At two and a half he is often saying, “Shhh, hear that!” when he […]


Music With Babies and Toddlers: Part 4 – Recommended Resources

    If you’ve checked out our Recommended Resources you will see that we have a link to our “amazon” store, which in essence is just a nice little place to put all of our recommended products. We have categories such as: Quality music instruments Instruments for babies Musical toys for babies and toddlers Children’s […]


Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 3 – Songwriting for Daily Use

In my previous posts “How I Use Music With My Son” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 and my more recent posts “Music with Babies and Toddlers” Part 1 and Part 2, I shared how I have used music with my son during the first 2 years of his life. In today’s […]


Now Available: Xylophone Fun eBook Package

Xylophone Fun eBook Package       If you haven’t checked out our curriculum “Xylophone Fun” eBooks for children, be sure to visit our eBooks page to learn more. There are currently four volumes available for purchase: Volumes 1, 2, 3, and our Christmas edition. Each volume introduces slightly more difficult songs and builds on […]


Fabulous Sing-Along Children’s Books

  While at story time with my son we were introduced to a few fabulous children’s books that you can sing along to! The librarian showed us Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera which happens to be one of my son’s favorite songs, the one he sings the most. The illustrations were colorful […]


Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 2 – Music and Relaxation

    We started attending a baby music group at our local music school, and our group happens to be lead by their music therapy department! (MusicWorks NW) One of the activities that we do is “Intentional Touch” where we are massaging our babies/toddlers while singing a slow song (think lullabies). Who doesn’t love a massage? […]


Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 1 – Music and Signing

Music is a great way to encourage development and enhance creativity, even in the littlest ones. Especially with the little ones! Children are naturally drawn to music which makes it easy to engage them. Music also is a great way to encourage communication in these pre-verbal kiddos.   When our son was just learning to […]


How I Use Music With My Son: Part 4 – Our Favorite Musical Toys

    As I’ve mentioned before, my son LOVES music! He probably didn’t have a choice since he has been engulfed in it since he was in utero. Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of our favorite musical toys, toys that he enjoys playing with, and toys that make me as a musician, music […]


Celebrating Mothers: Happy Mother’s Day

  Being a mother is a precious gift. Whether you have a biological child, an adopted child, a fostered child, or you spend quality time with someone who needs a mothering touch, motherhood is a blessing. While it may be tough at times, there is no greater gift than the bond between mother and child […]


How I Use Music With My Son: Part 3 – Using Music with Physical Therapy

My son was diagnosed with torticollis when he was about 2 months old. When he was in utero his head was titled making for a difficult delivery. The doctor actually needed to use a vacuum to assist in the delivery. Both of these facts most likely caused the torticollis. We began working with a Physical […]


April is Autism Awareness: Music Therapy with Autism

April is Autism Awareness month and was kicked off on April 2nd with Light it up Blue! People worldwide showed their support by donning blue shirts and ribbons, changing their light bulbs on their houses to blue, and major buildings across the world including the Pyramids, Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, and more glowed […]


This is Your Brain on Music

We all know that music makes you smarter, and that music has numerous benefits. Here is a video that very nicely shows how studying music is even more beneficial than listening to music. Research shows that when we listen to music many areas of the brain are activated simultaneously. Research also shows that when you study and […]


Early Intervention for Infants Displaying Signs of Autism

  Autism in Infants The media has been overwhelmed with news of a recent study by UC Davis MIND Institute showing that Early Intervention may be effective in treating infants displaying early signs of autism. Last week the Today Show mentioned this study that showed the effectiveness of early intervention with babies as young as 6 months who were […]