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!

14 Must Have Tools for Music Therapy Sessions with Kids

Are these tools in your music therapy bag? Whether you travel to your clients or they come to you, you've probably noticed that you reach for many of the same items over and over (and over!) again from session to session when working with kids. This is especially true...

12 Food Themed Music Strategies for Your Sessions with Kids

Music Therapy has never tasted so good! Have you ever planned a food themed music therapy session? Honestly….I have not. I’ve used many songs all about food but a food-theme was not something I had ever thought of doing in my music therapy sessions with kids! But that...

Are you making these 5 mistakes in your music therapy sessions with kids?

Hey there! I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reflecting on my development as a music therapist. How I’ve grown. What I’ve learned. What mistakes I made when I first started out. What mistakes I still make. Even though I have a gained a substantial amount of...

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...

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 feel...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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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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.