• Marlee Simon, MT-BC

Budget-Friendly Resources for Making Music

Here are FOUR resource ideas to enhance your music-making experiences in music therapy and/or with your families. Best of all—these resources are budget-friendly and can be adapted to your specific needs!

1. Ukulele

Did you know that we teach both typical and adapted ukulele lessons? Many children are intrigued by the ukulele because it seems like a “tiny guitar” that is perfectly designed for their size! Kids as young as five-years-old may be able to hold and strum this instrument. By ages seven to nine, children can begin to learn ukulele techniques that can support focus, concentration, and problem-solving skills. Learning how to play ukulele can also decrease boredom, enhance a sense of accomplishment, increase discipline, and provide opportunities for stress relief.

Mahalo Rainbow Series MR1 Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors)


2. Percussion Packs

Percussion instruments are very accessible for music-making because you can learn to play them within minutes! Plus, drumming has many health benefits, including reduced stress and tension and increased immune system functioning. Meli Music LLC has recently partnered with West Music to put together percussion instrument packs for your therapeutic and entertainment use! There are many options to choose from that can be accommodated to your needs. Stay tuned for an announcement about how to access these incredibly-curated instrument packs!

3. Music Books

Any children’s book can be used to make music magic! Our music therapists can support you in reading and singing with your child to their favorite books. Here are some song-related book options:


Every Little Thing (based on the song "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley) by Cedella Marley

What a Wonderful World (as sung by Louis Armstrong) by Bob Thiele

Raffi Songs to Read (Baby Beluga, Wheels on the Bus, Down By the Bay)

Imagine (as sung by John Lennon)

Sunshine on My Shoulders (as sung by John Denver)


And, here's a bonus! While this book is not technically a song, it has a beautiful message that can still be sung!

I Am Enough by Grace Byers


4. Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Music Instruments

If you’re on a budget and/or staying home, we would love to support you in creating your own instruments and music story books by using household items, recyclables, and/or items from a dollar store. Let’s get crafty and creative!



Meli Music LLC has continued to support clients and families through the global pandemic via Telehealth (online music therapy services). Let us know how else we can support you during this time! If you'd like to inquire about our music services, reach out to us at info@melimusicla.com with any comments or questions you have. We look forward to hearing from you!



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