Category Archives : music therapy


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 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? […]


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 […]


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 […]


FreeNotes: Beautiful Music Made Simple

FreeNotes Guest Post by Mary Brieschke, MT-BC Freenotes Wing In my music therapy classes, I was introduced to a new instrument that is now one of my favorites to use in music therapy sessions. FreeNotes are built by Richard Cooke, and designed so that people at all experience levels can play music. Cooke has done […]


What Music Therapy Is and Is Not

The following is a press release from the American Music Therapy Association and can be found here: http://www.musictherapy.org/amta_press_release_on_music_therapy_-_jan_2014/ AMTA Press Release on Music Therapy – Jan. 2014 January 23, 2014 06:00 PM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jennifer Peter AMTA Communications Associate (301)589-3300, ext. 103 / jpeter@musictherapy.org Al Bumanis AMTA Director of Communications (301)589-3300, ext. 103 / Bumanis@musictherapy.org […]


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 […]


Music Therapy: Does it Have a Role in the Treatment of Substance Abuse?

  Addiction. A word that many people in society rarely want to mention. A word that is often tucked under the rug; an issue rarely addressed because fear so eagerly got in the way.   Addicts are often looked upon as outcasts or “losers” of our society because of their lack of self-control, their selfishness, […]


You Are My Sunshine…From Birth to the Grave

Music therapists like to say that we can use music with people “from birth to the grave” because we work with so many populations, with people of all ages. One of the things I appreciate about my job is that I get to work with so many different people in different stages of life. Today […]


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 […]