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South of the Border Sing-along for Seniors

An enlargeable topographic map of Mexico

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With April now at the half way point, I am making plans for my May Music Therapy sessions at area Brookdale Senior Living facilities. In particular I am working  on the  theme: “South of the Border”. (Those in other long term care and assisted living facilities may be preparing a Cinco de Mayo celebration.) Based on what I know about music familiar to these residents, I am taking more a “Gene Autry” approach – in other words more songs about Mexico than from Mexico.

Songs most likely to be included in one way or another are:

  • Alabare’, Alabare’
  • De Colores
  • Don Gato
  • South of the Border
  • La Cucaracha
  • Mexicali Rose
  • Mexican Hat Dance
  • El Chocolate
  • Down Mexico Way
  • In a Little Spanish Town
  • Vaya Con Dios
  • Cielito Lindo
  • La Bamba

There will likely be a little mariachi music played for a movement portion of the group. The egg head shakers will also come out to use as maracas. If you have suggestions, I’d love to have you share them.

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Goal Met!

Jump for Joy

Image by Scott Ableman via Flickr

I met my goal of post to this blog at least three times a week during the month of March.  As of April 1st, here are the top five viewed blogs posted during the month of March were:

#5 – Where are you going, my child?: inspired by my daughter’s birthday.

#4 – A great song resource: Sharing one of the sites I use to locate songs on a theme.

#3 – Multi-tasking Instruments: I shared the instruments I use in my music therapy sessions.

#2 – Make a Musical Family History: Ideas for adding music when gathering your family history.

and #1 – St. Patrick’s Songs: This list was targeted towards songs to sing with seniors.

Here are some of the blogs topics you can expect in April:

  • April shower songs for seniors and for children,
  • sharing of an original song for children,
  • reflections on group mediation in an assisted living group, and
  • ideas for a “South of the Border” themed sing-along those in Brookdale Senior Living facilities (and others) can use when planning for May.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions as I blog forth.

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