Helping Children Through the Power of Music and Mindfulness
With over 22 years of experience helping children through music and mindfulness,
Ryan has a wealth of helpful tips for parents and caregivers.
We believe that children deserve a life filled with peace, happiness and well-being. It is our calling to help children who are struggling with anxiety and stress, and to make bedtime easier for the whole family!
Signature Topics and Suggested Questions
The 6 most important social-emotional skills to teach children so that they can have a foundation for a life of happiness and peace
Top 5 ways to make meditation fun and engaging for a child
What can parents do to bring more mindfulness into their parenting approach?
3 ways parents can use music to improve a child's well-being
3 ways that stressed-out parents can use music to help them relax and recharge
What is the best music for relaxation?
5 great ways to use music to help a child with special needs
3 ways music therapy can help a child with anxiety
What is the most profound experience you've had as a music therapist?
We offer our iOS app for free to nonprofit organizations, like Make-A-Wish, Courageous Parents Network, and Lucy's Love Bus that help children with life-threatening illnesses. In addition, we donate a percentage of our profits to Lucy's Love Bus. This organization provides free integrative therapies, such as music therapy, to children with cancer and other serious illnesses.
What is Cool Koala?
Cool Koala is a research-based program of imaginative and engaging bedtime meditations with calming music for kids between the ages of 5 and 10. The powerful combination of award-winning music and soothing meditations do so much more than just help kids fall asleep! The meditations teach children social-emotional skills needed for a life of happiness, peace and well-being. Each night of the week a new meditation helps improve self-regulation and increases emotional well-being.
Kids will learn how to:
- Reduce anxiety through breathing techniques
- Let go of worries
- Feel empowered and confident
- Develop compassion for oneself and others
- Deal with anger and frustration
- Relax their body
- Develop gratitude
Link to iOS App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cool-koala-bedtime-meditations
About Ryan Judd
Ryan lives in Exeter, New Hampshire with his wife and their two young boys. He is an internationally known music therapist, Billboard Chart Topping recording artist, and ChildLight Yoga® & Mindfulness Instructor. Ryan has a master’s degree in music therapy and counseling psychology from Naropa University, one of the top contemplative education schools in the country. Ryan has a private practice in music therapy and has been helping kids find fun ways to relax and de-stress through music and mindfulness for more than 20 years. His two albums of research-based sleep music for children are the top-selling sleep CDs for children on Amazon and they have both won the "Parents' Choice" silver medal award. Ryan's soothing instrumental music has reached the top ten of Billboard charts, is featured on SiriusXM's Spa Channel, and has been added to numerous editorial playlists on Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music. His recordings bring together his skills as a music therapist and accomplished fingerstyle guitarist and have been streamed more than 250 million times. Ryan is committed to making music and meditations to improve the well-being of others.
Downloadable Press Material
Media and Podcast Features
Ryan's work as a music therapist was featured on ABC's World News Tonight
Podcasts that Ryan has been interviewed on:
The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens: The Power of Music & Music Therapy for Children
Calm and Connected Podcast: Using Music Therapy to Teach Skills at School
Child Life on Call: Meditation for Kids with a Music Therapist
The Teacher Story: Helping Children through the Power of Music and Mindfulness
Anxious Child Podcast: Music Therapy for Anxiety
Reduce Your Stress with Tim Ringgold: Therapeutic Music w/ Ryan Judd
The River of Calm: Beyond The Music Podcast - featuring Ryan Judd
Music Therapy Chronicles:
The 4 Pillars of Success and Empowerment
Publications that have featured Ryan's work:
Different Dream: Bring on the Music! How Music Therapy Benefits Children with Special Needs
Parenting Special Needs:
How to Use Music to Bond with Your Children and Help Them Reach Developmental Goals
How to Use Music to Help your Child Reach Speech/Communication Goals
Making Music with Your Child – Fun Activities for Motor Skill Development
Autism Now: What is Music Therapy & How Can Parents Use Music at Home to Help Children with Autism
Porstmouth Herald: Music, Medicine Help Girl Recover from Rare Brain Tumor
Friendship Circle: 5 Reasons Why Music Helps Children with Special Needs
Easter Seals: 3 Great Songs to Use with Adaptive Musical Instruments
Just Education: Let's Make Music; It's Therapy!
Autism Live: The Benefits of Music Therapy