When and how to start layering music into your child’s daily rhythm Many parents would like to include music in their child’s daily rhythm but are not sure when or how to do so. Here are a few insights I’d like to offer you based off of common questions I receive from parents. … Read More Introducing Music Into Your Child’s Daily Rhythm
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… Read More Sounds like music!
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… Read More Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 3 – Songwriting for Daily Use
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… Read More April is Autism Awareness: Music Therapy with Autism
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… Read More How I Use Music With My Son
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… Read More Back to School
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,… Read More Music Therapy: Does it Have a Role in the Treatment of Substance Abuse?
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 I’m doing, and rekindle my own personal music… Read More Embracing the Benefits of Music – Part 1
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… Read More You Are My Sunshine…From Birth to the Grave
MUSIC THERAPY IN THE NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for infants who are born early During my time at Florida State University I had the opportunity to learn and train for the NICU Music Therapist credential. I was able to see how we use music therapy in the NICU for the tiniest, most vulnerable babies.… Read More How Can Music Help My Preemie?
One of my favorite populations to work with is the NICU babies! NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Babies who are born too early or with any issues right after birth will usually spend some time in the NICU. The NICU is a very sensitive environment because, well, the babies themselves are very… Read More Musical pacifier helps premature babies get healthy