Category Archives: music therapy

“That’s a Talent I Have!”: Music & Self-Esteem

While we can’t yet say with confidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, we can breathe a small sigh of relief as variant-specific booster shots are widely available for people of most ages, and kids have safely returned to school and extracurricular activities. But what about the toll this global crisis has taken on our […]

Get Up & Dance: Music & Movement

There are so many things to think about (read: worry about?!) with young kids: Language development, social and emotional intelligence, executive functioning, creative abilities and freedom of expression—the list goes on. Gross and fine motor skills are one of these super important developmental markers, and they start kicking in right away: from a baby lifting […]

The Necessity of Music for Kids Today

By now, it’s pretty much common knowledge that music has numerous benefits on child development: From language and motor skills to executive functioning, math aptitude, literacy, and focus, music is an incredible brain enhancer for kids (and adults!). But beyond IQ-boosting, music is also an important source of stress-relief and self-expression; music can be an […]

The Benefits of Music on Teens

Adolescence is hard. Raging hormones, changing bodies, ever-shifting social dynamics, harder school work, the pressure of college looming a few years away. You might have blocked out your teenage years, but if you haven’t—or if you happen to have saved a middle or high school journal—you’ll remember (or discover with a mix of horror and […]

The Benefits of Music on Big Kids (Also Known as Elementary School Kids)

Our previous posts in the “Benefits of Music” series have detailed the astonishing effects of music on infants, toddlers, and even babies still in the womb. But unlike some other activities, music continues to be incredibly beneficial on kids as they get older, too—and even as they turn from kids into adults! While it’s important […]

The Benefits of Music: On Toddlers

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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’ve been to a music class for toddlers—or two or three. Baby music classes are near universal. And their popularity lies not only in the fact that they’re just literally something to do—for parent and baby—a way to get out of the house, connect with other […]

The Benefits of Music on Newborns

In our first post in the “Benefits of Music” series, we focused on the benefits of music on babies still in the womb. In that article, we pointed to research that shows that exposure to music in the womb can enhance auditory processing, spatial learning, and even set the stage for language acquisition. And these […]

The Benefits of Music in the Womb

As we continue through this new series, “The Benefits of Music from Baby to Big Kid,” you’ll discover how music boosts everything from memory and language skills to social cohesion. But what about before your child is even born? Can music actually get inside the womb and work its magic there? The answer is, resoundingly […]

How to Create a Musical Environment at Home

Whether you’ll be outdoor-schooling, pod-schooling, home-schooling, or regular indoor-schooling, your kids will likely be at home more than they usually are this fall. All those extracurricular activities that have been called off or playdates with people outside your pod that you won’t be doing, all the playgrounds and children’s museums you won’t be going to—it […]

The Power of Music: Getting Through These Times with the Help & Healing of Music

Week 7 of coronavirus shutdown. Life has changed so quickly, and in a way that was probably unimaginable even at the beginning of March. Whether you’re homeschooling, working remotely, have been laid off, or are an essential or healthcare worker putting in those terrifying hours day-in and day-out—you are likely stressed. You are likely struggling […]