Welcome to Music Therapy Kids

effortless music strategies for kids wih special needs

Hi, I'm Mary.

I’m a board-certified music therapist.  I started Music Therapy Kids as THE site to help you learn about music therapy and how it can help children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities.

I empower therapists, teachers, & parents to use music strategies. Music makes a powerful difference in the lives of children who are special learners.

Here you’ll find helpful articles about music therapy.  You’ll find tips for incorporating music at home or into therapy sessions.  You’ll also find original songs and music strategies perfect for using in your sessions!

Helping Children Succeed.

Children learn through music. Songs at Music Therapy Kids are designed with specific learning objectives in mind. Music strategies can increase communication, social, emotional, coginitive and motor skills.

Effortless Music Strategies.

Original goal-based music strategies that are easy to implement in a group or individual setting.

For You.

Whether you are a music therapist, a teacher, an SLP, a student or a parent, songs and resources at Music Therapy Kids are designed with YOU in mind. Tips and tricks for using the songs are always provided!

5 Things I’ve Learned Growing a B2C Music Therapy Business

Fellow Biz Owners Raise Your Hand Anybody else out there also a music therapy business owner? It happened to me by serendipitous accident. I have worked in special education in schools since the beginning of my music therapy career and I still do. Working with...
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The Ultimate Guide to Effortless Music Therapy Sessions with Kids

  It happens to all of us. You're supposed to be starting a new group tomorrow and have no idea what you will do. You rocked the interview and got that new job but you start tomorrow and could really use some suggestions! You've been working with kids FOREVER and...
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Tell Me More: A Describing Song

Hey everybody! Before we dive in today's song, I have a quick announcement: SongSwap Round 2 has officially begun but it's not too late to jump in! What is a song swap? In short, it's a free challenge that will multiply your repertoire for working with kids. Get all...
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Skip Counting Series: Count By 4s!

How is your week going? I always start the week off with determination to conquer my to do lists and by Friday am ready for a break. This week has been no exception. I have been planning our regional music therapy conference, scheduling meetings for a new contract,...
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Twelve Months (Plus!) of There Was an Old Lady

Wanna know a secret? I LOVE singable stories. Ok, it's not really a secret at all. I have talked about them over and over again. I have also made super fun videos with them here, here and here. I also love to use the same song for multiple themes and seasons of the...
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Skip Counting by 3s!

A lot has happened since I last published a blog post. Beautiful Lily Kate joined our family in October, and we moved to our brand new home just one week later. It has taken some time but we have settled in and now that I have consistent daycare, I am able to jump...
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Hello Everybody! {Songwriting Challenge 2.0}

This month I am super excited to participate again in Rachel Rambach's Songwriting Challenge! I participated last year and shared a few of those songs right here at Music Therapy Kids. You can check them out below! Welcome to Music Time How Do I Know {to Add,...
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Back on the Blog & A perspective from a future music therapist…Meet Kelsey!

I'm back...finally! So where have I been? The past 4 months have been nothing short of tumultuous (and a bit exciting!). In mid-February I found out that I am expecting! I'm due October 25th, and we just had our mid-pregnancy ultrasound yesterday -  we are having a...
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Singable Book of the Month: Every Little Thing

Welcome to another edition of Singable Book of the Month! This month I am sharing a recent favorite - Every Little Thing adapted by Cedella Marley. I began using this book in classrooms back in October and have loved every moment since. Fun fact: I used this song...
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Feeling Frustrated? This song and social story has you covered.

Low frustration tolerance is a huge struggle for many of my clients with Autism and special needs. How would you feel if you knew exactly what you wanted but lacked the skills to tell someone?? How do we deal help our children and students deal with frustration? First...
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Amp Up My Rep!

Join the 7 day mini email course that will revitalize your sessions with kids! Get a lesson every day with fresh music strategies and tips for running groups that you can use right away.

You're all set! Day one of the mini-course is on its way.