Music Therapy E-books

 / Author Q&A  / Meet the Author: Kristen Crouch

1. Your name:

Kristen Crouch

2. Education/Background:

Studied piano from age 5. Taught general music education in Massachusetts for 4 year while completing a Masters in Education: Arts in Learning. Went onto complete a Masters of Music Therapy at FSU, and finally to start a private practice in Palm Beach County working mostly with children with Autism and Special Needs.

3. Favorite band/artist in 7th grade:

Amy Grant

4. Why did you want to write an e-book?

I wanted to share the method I came up with to teach children basics of music reading to prepare for piano lessons. Also needed an electronic version of my method to use with clients (iPad).

5. What was your process for developing your e-book?

I used to write out on large paper the colored letters for kids to play along on the bells/xylophone. At the school where I was working I needed to create an electronic version to use on the smart board so the whole class could easily see the songs. Once I had several songs I complied them into a book.

6. Favorite book (e-book or print) related to Music Therapy:

Music therapy with premature infants: Dr Standley and Music As Medicine by Deforia Lane

7. How would you describe your e-book in three words or less?

Fun, versatile, addicting

8.  Who can benefit from purchasing your e-book and why?

Music therapists, music teachers, and parents who are working with typical and special needs children who are looking for an easy way to introduce music reading. There are so many ways to use this resource – with individuals, with groups, with young children, with older children, even adults with special needs would enjoy the quick sense of accomplishment they will feel when they are easily playing familiar songs. So many goals addressed: basic reading skills, hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor movement, etc. Increased levels of difficulty, matching colors, reading and matching letters, reading basic patterns and songs, singing the letters while playing, reading words while singing while playing (for songs which include lyrics).

Rachel See, MA, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist who is passionate about helping other music therapists share their ideas, songs and knowledge with the world through e-books!

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