Parents and Children Form Bonds at Littles and Loved Ones Music

Emma Wymer, was concerned with what she saw as a gap in supportive services to parents of newborns. As a board certified music therapist, she dedicated herself to providing care to these families during the postpartum period.

In 2022, she began Birthplace Music Therapy and has been helping parents and caregivers make sweet music with their little ones ever since. Her work has taken her to local hospitals, where she offers her services in delivery rooms and neonatal units, providing a holistic approach as clients make the transition to parenthood.

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“My journey in music therapy began with a deep-rooted passion for using music as a therapeutic tool to aid in non musical goals such as stress reduction, pain management, relaxation, developmental growth, bonding, and legacy building,” she said.

“In my practice, I strive to offer a supportive and nurturing environment, helping families cope and build resilience during some of the most critical times in their lives. Music therapy, for me, is more than just a profession. It’s a way to connect with and support others on their journey toward healing and growth,” shed added.

Littles and Loved Ones Music

Wymer has expanded her services through parent-child music classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. In each six-week session, parents and caregivers are guided as they connect with their child through musical play.

“Each session is designed to be interactive and supportive, focusing on fostering bonding and attachment through singing, instrument play, and gentle movement,” Wymer said. “We also incorporate techniques for stress reduction and relaxation, helping parents manage the challenges of early parenthood.”

The classes help develop motor skills through movement, such as clapping and swaying, while simultaneously engaging the brain. Studies have shown that these activities can boost language acquisition and even aid in the learning of early literacy skills.

“Additionally, parents will learn how to use music as a tool for their child’s developmental growth and emotional well-being,” Wymer said. “Every class is tailored to meet the unique needs of the families, ensuring a holistic and patient-centered experience.”

Classes are held on Saturday mornings at the Little Lake Wellness Hub in Ann Arbor, with a new session beginning on July 13. Each forty-five minute session is designed to foster an enriching and engaging experience.

Littles and Loved Ones Music classes create a holistic environment that supports various aspects of positive development, while honoring the individuality of each child’s unique needs and abilities,” Wymer said. “These classes provide a nurturing space where children can thrive emotionally, cognitively and physically, laying a strong foundation for lifelong growth and well-being.”

For more information, visit Birthplace Music Therapy or email

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