Category Archives : music education


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


How I Use Music With My Son

  My first son was born at the end of last year and as a first time Mom I’m learning first hand how a child grows and develops. Of course I’ve studied child development in my education, worked with children of all ages throughout my life, and specialize in working with children. However, watching the […]


Xylphone Fun Christmas – Updated!

Happy Holidays Everyone! A year ago I created my first online resource: Xylophone Fun eBook which comes in Volumes 1, 2 and Christmas. (Stay tuned for Volume 3.) This is a resource I created to offer a basis for  introducing music reading in preparation for beginning piano. Children are able to first match color and […]


Back to School

I love the start of the new school year! Its a time for new opportunities, a fresh beginning, and it means that the holidays are right around the corner. For many parents getting kids back to a structured routine is a welcome change. Kids also enjoy getting back to a structured schedule with school and […]


Embracing the Benefits of Music – Part 1

                                                                     Image by Joyce Hesselberth As I’ve been preparing for an upcoming workshop, I’ve been reading many articles about the benefits of music. Its refreshing to reiterate for myself the importance of the work I am involved in. My reading has re-energized me, motivated me to continue what […]


Singable Stories

  Today I’d like to feature another favorite resource of mine: Singable Stories! These are great for parents and kids to do together. While you are sitting down together to read books, why not have some that you can sing too? Benefits of singing books: Bonding with your child Encouraging language development Encouraging music development […]


Recommended Apps for Kids

Several of my clients’ parents have been asking for a list of apps for the iPad. Here is a list of a few that I recommend, most of which are free: My Current Favorite: Young Music Genius – learn about instruments and composers, play instrument game where you hear an instrument and guess from 4 […]


Barefoot Books – Sing-a-long Books with CD

Some of my favorite books to are these Books with CDs from Barefoot Books! The music is great, the illustrations are beautiful, and the kids love them!    Creepy Crawly Calypso introduces different instruments, different insects, and also counting numbers.   Animal Boogie introduces various animals of the jungle, fun movements and sounds, and is […]


Looking for quality instruments?

Are you looking for quality instruments for your kids or your classroom? Some of my favorite instruments are made by Remo, Basic Beat, and Hohner Kids. You can find all of these at westmusic.com! Remo makes bright, colorful instruments like the Lollipop Drum and Remo Kids Drums with a rainforest theme. Basic Beat makes a […]