Online Resources at Your Fingertips Michelle Erfurt, MT-BC Erfurt Music Resources Jensen Beach, Florida Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC Music Therapy Connections Springfield, Illinois
Staying current and connected is much easier these days with numerous online resources and social media sites literally at our fingertips. The Internet can instantaneously provide a wealth of information on any given topic, but the sheer volume can sometimes be overwhelming. For instance, a simple Google search of "music resources for children age 0 5" yields over 5 million results. The following annotated list is a selection of relevant online sources for professionals seeking information on music or music therapy with young children. A Day's Work: Offering quality, hand-made adaptive instruments made by Raymond Day. Currents in Music & Wellness: Kat Fulton, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT, whose motto is “Be well, feel good, and make MUSIC,” blogs about drumming, rhythm, and wellness from the beginning of life and throughout the life span. Kids Sing Studio: Lisa Casciola, MT-BC, provides a forum for sharing new repertoire and musical resources for both adapted and non-adapted music lessons and music therapy. More With Music: Educational and therapeutic songs, activities and ideas for children in a school setting with developmental disabilities by Amanda Ellis, MT-BC. Music for Special Kids: A collection of music, activity, and instrument ideas along with story books and CDs from music therapist, Pamela Ott. Music in Schools Today: Helpful, creative materials for teachers and music therapists who work with children in the school setting. Music Matters: Piano teacher, Natalie Wickham, shares her tips for running a successful studio, including her own teaching strategies, repertoire recommendations, and links to other helpful sites. Music Sweet Music, Inc.: A non-profit organization providing music therapy sessions and instruments to children with illness or disabilities. Music Therapy Maven: Resources and information related to music therapy, music and brain function, and small business development by Kimberly S. Moore, MM, MNTF, MT-BC.
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Music Therapy Source: Matt Logan, MT-BC, is a new professional who offers instructional guitar videos, product reviews, and resources for music therapy students and interns. Note Abilities: Providing CDs, DVDs, podcasts, and video lessons for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A Perfect Lullaby: A website listing reviews and recommendations of lullaby music by Matt Logan, MT-BC. Plain Talkin': CDs and software that teach speech and language skills. Created by Megan Rhoden, MT-BC, and Lani Popp, M.S., CCC-SLP. Time for Music: Songs, instrument ideas, and podcasts by Wade Richards, music therapist in New York. Note: Additional resources can be found at the authors’ blogs and websites.
About the Authors Rachel Rambach is a music therapist providing individual and group services to children of all ages and levels of development. Her blog, www.listenlearnmusic.com, contains intervention ideas, music downloads, and links not only to the websites of other music therapists, but also of music educators, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who might offer innovative ideas and products to use in working with young children. Contact: email@example.com
Michelle Erfurt is a music therapist, blogger, business owner and a project manager. Her blog, www.erfurtmusicresource.com, is intended to connect the public to music related products, services and information.
Additional early childhood music therapy resources available at www.imagine.musictherapy.biz.