Updated: Sep 24, 2022
These are products that all new music therapists should have, no matter what age group you are working with! Click the photo of the item to be taken straight to amazon!
1. Frame Drums: These come in handy so often with individual and group clients. They are light weight, and nest inside each other making for easy transport. Their price tag is also hard to beat!
2. Tambourines: Both of these tambourine sets have lasted me years as a home health/traveling therapist. A definite must have at an affordable price point.
3. This Instrument Set: Don't let the fact that this says children in the title fool you. These wooden instruments are pretty sturdy and great for a large variety of session ideas.
4. Egg Shakers: These little guys are great for groups, color based session ideas, and more! Get a set and you won't regret it!
5. These Removable Tone Bars: These are GREAT for so so so many things in sessions. Work on cognition, neglect training, learning to read music, attention, and so much more. The removable tone bars can be places in places outside the case, or you can narrow down the options of notes to play. This set specifically also comes with pages including songs so you don't even have to make your own color coded music! You seriously will not regret this purchase.
6. A White Board: If you don't have an iPad, this is going to be your absolute best friend in sessions and lessons...seriously. I never leave the house without it. this one is great because it stands up freely AND it is magnetic. Totally great for holding up music, visuals, and more!
7. Finally, a good bag to haul all your things to and from sessions. I personally use tote bags, but when I started I LOVED using a bag like this to carry all my things in my hand with my guitar on my back. This bag fits so many things inside, and the pockets help to make sure you can bring all your supplies with you every time!
What other things do you think are essential for new music therapists to have? Let us know in the comments!
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