Tools of the Trade: Frog Rasp


I’ve introduced you to the pentatonic marimba and the ocean drum, and now I want to share another of my favorite instruments with you. Technically, you might call it a frog rasp, but my music-making clients and I usually just call it the frog.

This instrument is great for many reasons, including its beautiful looks, warm sound, and whimsical “personality.” It’s a great intergenerational choice since it’s a favorite among my older adult clients and my younger clients as well. This video will give you a sense for why I love this instrument so much, including me singing and playing one of my favorite frog songs at 1:25 and how my frog is a metaphor for the joy of music-making in one’s later years at 1:48.

If you’re interested in buying a frog of your own, you can get it through Amazon here*. My favorite local fair trade store, Ten Thousand Villages in Overland Park, usually has frogs as well – in fact, that’s where I got my first frog.

You can see all of the posts in my Tools of the Trade series here. What are your favorite instruments for music therapy or for making music on your own? Please leave your thoughts below, and maybe your favorite instrument will be the next pick for my Tools of the Trade series.

*This is an affiliate link, so if you do buy through this link, I’ll get a small payment from Amazon.

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4 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade: Frog Rasp

  1. Amy says:

    Great video Rachelle! I love the frog rasp. I use the smaller version with my kids – the cricket rasp. I love to make up songs about different animals and use these instruments to work on localization (just one example)….maraca for the snake, canary stick for the bird, drum for the elephant, cricket rasp for the cricket…the ideas are endless! 🙂

    • soundscapemusictherapy says:

      Yes! I love songs with animal sounds, too – more often with my baby girl than with my older adult clients, though. Canary sticks are on my “to be purchased” list. Maybe they’ll move up the list soon…

  2. bostonmusiclady says:

    I love Ten Thousand Villages! I’ve shopped there for years and there are two locations within ten miles of my house. Great post, and a good point about the possibilities of intergenerational use with such an interesting instrument. Thanks for sharing!

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