7 Ways to Include Music🎶 in Your Daily Routine

Topics that will be covered in this article:

  • Reasons to include music in your daily routine
  • Times during the day music can be included.
  • Have your child play a musical instrument.
  • Creating your own instrument
  • Singing to your child
  • Watch musical videos or listen to music on a technical device
  • Have your child play with Musical Toys
  • Use music during home or outside therapy

Reasons to Include Music in your Routine

Music can be soothing and therapeutic for your child. Therefore, it would be beneficial if you find times during the your day to include music. Because your child enjoys music, learning a new subject or skill maybe easier to understand and fun to learn. Engaging in music is also motivates your child to learn and make progress in necessary skill areas. Last but not least, singing, listening to a variety of music or playing an instrument is a way your child can express him or herself and build their self confidence.

Times of the Day Music Can Be included

There is numerous times which music can be included in your daily routine. First of all, having music playing while your child is eating a meal or being fed is a good way to have music part of your routine. If you are taking a walk around your neighborhood, you can sing songs to your child or play music on an electronic device. While getting ready for the day or bed, children love to be sung to. While he or she has home therapy or playing at home, you can sing to her or music is playing. If you are feeling stress free and have extra time, dancing to music with your child is a wonderful way to spend quality time with them. Of course, you can play favorites songs in the car while going out in the community.

Singing to Your Child

The songs you sing can be ones you know from a particular type of music or a song you made up yourself. Sometimes I will use the same rhythm and beat of the song I know and change the words to personalize it. Singing personal or known songs can also be soothing and therapeutic. Plus, it can be enjoyable if your child learned the song you created or makes up their own song if able.

2. Play musical instruments

During a music lesson or fun activity, you can have your child explore a variety of simple musical instruments. Some instruments that would be easy and enjoyable to learn are the guitar, harmonica, recorder, drums, maracas, triangle and piano. Depending on your child’s abilities and developmental skills, some instruments may be better for your child to use than others. Additionally, you may have to assist your child by using the hand over hand technique especially if they have special needs. Assistance may also be needed if they have limited dexterity and fine motor skills.

3. Create your own instruments

Another way you can incorporate music in your child’s routine is creating music by making your own instrument. There are numerous of ways of creating your own music and/or instruments to stimulate your child with or without special needs. Here are some examples of homemade instruments:

  • Maracas
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Tamborine
  • Bell bracelet or shaker

4. Creating your own music

There are numerous of ways to make music with your child without an instrument, which can be fun and therapeutic. Here are some ideas:

  • Tapping 2 sticks together
  • Tapping a box with sticks or kitchen utensils or your hands
  • Creating drum sounds with an upside and empty can
  • Clapping or putting your hands together
  • Moving a comb back and forth on a brush
  • Blowing in an emptied water bottle
  • Slapping a table continuously

4. Watch musical videos or listen to music on a technical device

Watching music videos such Simple Learning Songs on U Tube is often loved by kids with and without Special Needs. http://www.supersimple.com When Savannah watches Simple Learning Videos, she is motivated to work on enhancing her skills and becoming stronger. KidsTV123 is also a good learning channel on U Tube.

Similarly, your child can be engaged in music by listening to music on U Tube music, Spotify or ITunes wherever you are. Music can be integrated out in the community during your walks, your car ride, and therapy sessions. Moreover, your musical routine can be part of your day at home.

5. Have your child play with Musical Toys


Bells are toys that your child can enjoy and incorporate music in their daily routine. Additionally, your child with special needs can work on improving their fine motor skills, dexterity and grasp.




Similar to bells, maracas are fun for your child to play with. To help to improve grasping and holding on, having a maraca or two to shake would be enjoyable for your special one.

Small Guitar

A small guitar is an instrument that your child will enjoy playing. This toy can encourage dexterity, fine motor skills including hand and finger movements. Additionally, a small guitar can be easily be used while your child is sitting or standing.


The piano is one of our favorite instruments because it’s easy to manipulate and enjoy. Although Savannah has limited fine motor skills, she is able to play with the piano. While sitting on the floor, the piano is an excellent instrument to enjoy as skills are practiced.


The drum is another instrument, toy that would be of interest of mom your child. Playing with a drum can help improve fine motor skills, grasping, and hand and eye coordination. While your child is in sitting or standing position, he or she can produce music by drumming.


Depending on your child’s abilities, the harmonica can be a good choice for him or her to try. In order to produce music with a harmonica, your special one will need to know how to blow. If they have not learned to blow, a harmonica would not be a good instrument to explore.




Additionally, the xylophone is an excellent and fun instrument for child to play with and engage in music. By holding onto the sticks and hitting the keys on the xylophone can motivate your special one to improve fine motor skills, grasping and hand eye coordination.

6. Have your child move with the music

Put your child’s favorite music on and move with the music. As she listens to music, your special one will love to dance by swaying side to side, jumping and moving her arms. Moreover, walking or strolling in their stroller or wheelchair while listening to music can be enjoyable, too.

7. Use music during home or outside therapy

Many times during therapy times of an activity such as stretching that is challenging for your kids, music makes her much more relaxed and calm. If you have a child with special needs and need a suggestion to help soothe your son or daughter and become less tense during therapy times, integrate music.

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