One in the bucket, One in my mouth

One of our favorite family activities is going blueberry picking. We discovered the many u-pick farms around our area last summer and were immediately hooked. We pick strawberries in June and blueberries in July and August here. Our favorite farm is a local one called Mountainview Blueberry Farm. We each …

Seasons of Change

  Rhythmsforliving.com was launched in 2009 and was the main source of information and resources for our music therapy and music education community in south Florida. Our private practice in Florida enjoyed a wonderful 6 years of community with many families and colleagues and many wonderful music therapists. When we …

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 …

My Top 10 Instruments to use with Babies and Toddlers

Babies and toddlers have lots of toys and as a parent or teacher you are constantly bombarded with new toys to purchase or gift. If your baby or toddler tends to love music (what baby doesn’t) you probably considered purchasing some small instruments for him for his music making and …

Music With Babies and Toddlers: Part 4 – Recommended Resources

    UPDATE: 2018 Please note that our Amazon store is no longer available as Amazon no longer supports astores. We are now offering our Recommended Resources through other posts (see recommended resource categories) and pages (like Recommended Resources) on our site where you can find the direct links to …

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 …

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 …

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 …