Meet the Founder


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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