Early Childhood Music, Music, Music Therapy

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?… Read More Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 2 – Music and Relaxation

Early Childhood Music, Music, Music Therapy

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… Read More Music with Babies and Toddlers: Part 1 – Music and Signing

Early Childhood Music, Indoor Play, Music, Music Therapy, Play

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… Read More How I Use Music With My Son: Part 4 – Our Favorite Musical Toys

Early Childhood Music, Music, Music Therapy

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… Read More How I Use Music With My Son: Part 3 – Using Music with Physical Therapy

Early Childhood Music, Music, Music Therapy, Music Therapy in NICU

Music Therapy with Premature Infants: Nightly News Special

The NBC Nightly News featured the use of Music Therapy in the NICU: Music Therapists at Beth Israel Hospital use voice, guitar, ocean drum, and drum. They sing traditional lullabies as well as parent preferred music sung in a lullaby style. Doctors prescribe music therapy for their patients which is then administered by board certified… Read More Music Therapy with Premature Infants: Nightly News Special

Early Childhood Music, Music, Music Therapy, Music Therapy in NICU, Music with Autism

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… Read More You Are My Sunshine…From Birth to the Grave

Early Childhood Music, Music, Music Therapy, Music Therapy in NICU

Musical pacifier helps premature babies get healthy

  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