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Top 10 Blogs on Music with Older Adults

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Last week I shared a post on the top 10 music therapy blogs. Whether you are a music therapist or someone working with elders, these are some great resources. Todays list is from my search of Google for “music with older adults.”

10. Key Changes Music Therapy Services

9. 55 (A new find I am now following)

8. Connecticut Music Therapy Services

7. Bow Cliff Blog Site (This is an interesting find in many ways for me.)

6. Soundscape Music Therapy

5 .Rhythm for Good 

4. Victoria Williamson Music Psychologist (This was a new find for me)

3. Music Therapy Research Blog

2. Linda Coyle’s Blog (interesting that this is her old site)

1. Music Therapy Musings

I find it interesting that five of these are music therapy sites. It tells me that music therapist address this area. It also tells me there are other with influence in this arena. Finding new sites to follow provides me previously untapped sources for ideas.

My next top ten post will be on intergenerational music.

Camping Theme Resources

If you received my newsletter, be sure and check out Canoeing in Preschool. And check out this camping resource by 2 Teaching Mommies.

Those who receive my SPARKS newsletter received the following ideas and more!

Camp Songs:


  • Do Your Ears Hang Low
  • Boa Constrictor
  • The Littlest Worm
  • Little Bunny Foo Foo

Older Adults

  • Picking Flowers in the Rain
  • Tenting Tonight
  • Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Dip, Dip & Swing


  • Oh, We’re from Camp (insert the facility name, family name, etc.)
  • Camp Granada
  • Marching to Victoria
  • If You’re Happy & You Know It


Children’s Story Books

  • Camp Granada: Sing-Along Camp Songs by FranÃ
  • How to Catch a Fish by John Frank and Peter Sylvada
  • I Took a Walk by Henry Cole
  • On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole
  • Wish You Were Here by Martina Selway
  • Camping in Green (Know Your Colors) by Christianne C. Jones and Todd Ouren

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Do-Dah Day

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June 4th is Do-Dah Day – A Salute to Silliness. No, I’m not making it up. It really is Do-Dah Day. So here are a few songs that might be fun to sing & share at an intergenerational Do-Day Day Celebration.

  • Camp Town Races (For the pleasure of singing do-dah!)
  • I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
  • Mairzy Doats
  • Down By the Bay
  • Father Abraham Had Seven Sons
  • Skinamarinky Dinky Dink
  • I’m a Nut
  • Ragtime Cowboy Joe
  • I’m Going Crazy
  • I’m a Little Piece of Tin
  • There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
  • There was a Crooked Man
  • On Top of Spaghetti
  • Flying Purple People Eater

Children’s Songs for Father’s Day


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Father’s Day is coming. Here are some songs children can sing about men. In fact it might  be fun to sing them with fathers, uncles, and grandfathers…

  • This Old Man
  • When I First Came to this Land
  • Hush Little Baby
  • Billy Boy
  • Farmer in the Dell
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Father Abraham Had Seven Sons
  • Noble Duke of York
  • Michael Finnegan
  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Old Mac Donald

Men in Song

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June is International Men’s Month and Father’s Day in the US is June 19th. Residents at the local Sterling House have asked me to share songs about men during June. A few I will be sharing are:

What would you add to the list? If you work with a different Age group, I recommend checking out Green Book of Song. It is well worth the money for the resource assistance they offer.

Easy Summertime Music Fun With Your Child


With our local school year completed, many in my community are thinking of summer.  Some of my best memories as a child are of summer evenings playing games and having fun with my parents and siblings in our yard.

I love injecting some creative music making into a child’s experiences! So prepare for smiles on your face and a child’s as you try out a few of these ideas.

  • Singing: Share favorite songs from your childhood. While you may not be a singing sensation, your voice is a free gift you can share. And you can also sing-along with recordings.  A wonderful source for older tunes can be “Disney’s Sing-along Songs” – many of which may be available at your local library.
  • Attend a free community music event: Many communities have free concerts in the summer months. Look for community concert bands, groups in concert at an event, or on parade. The great part about free is you can leave without feeling like you haven’t gotten your moneys worth if your child becomes restless. And, it can be a place to begin to teach concert etiquette.
  • Freeze dancing: Put a CD in a player. Take turns moving when the music plays & freezing your position when the music stops. Children enjoy getting to be in control with simple games like this.
  • Make kazoos & march: Check out my post “Celebrate National Kazoo Day” & the link for directions to make you own kazoo. Hum a tune & march around the house, the yard, the neighborhood.
  • Water-glass/container chimes:For young children, place a little water into an old pot or pan. Get the water swirling a bit and use a metal spoon to strike the underside of the pot.  For those age five and older and only with adult supervision you can try this second version. Gather some empty glass containers or water glasses, a couple large metal spoons, and a pitcher of water. (You can even put a couple drops of food coloring in the water to make it easier to see.) My recommendation is to do this activity in the yard. Pour water into the glasses. Gently tap the glass on the outside to hear the pitch/sound. Change the amount of water to make a different pitch. See if you can play tunes with your water container creation. When your done, use the water to water a plant in the yard.
  • Homemade Wind Chimes: Gather a hanger, yarn or crochet thread, and various objects like old silverware, dried sticks, plastic tubes. Tie one end on the hanger and the other to the object with the yarn or thread. Hand several objects so they will touch when moved by the wind, your breath or your hand. See what sounds you can create.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with these activities. If you have photos of the fun, all the better.

Second Story Window

On Musical Gems I recently posted What are your six songs?. One of the songs I listed was “Second Story Window”. It is a silly song I learned years ago as a Girl Scout. If you are wondering how this song goes, here it is:

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