Music to spark a better life for older adults and preschoolers

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I’ll be posting three times every week!

Three's A Crowd

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I’ve decided I enjoy blogging. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog three times a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can. One entry each week will focus on preschoolers and another on older adults.  In the third entry, I hope to share other insights.  If you would like to guest blog on my site, please let me know.  I want this blog to be a resource for you.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

May your year be filled with beautiful songs and may joy & peace be yours

– JoAnn

“Working with Music” Highlights

Sharing my presentation “Working with Music” was a learning filled couple hours.  I shared information about:

  • the field of music therapy
  • places we encounter music
  • ways to identify sedative and stimulative music
  • thoughts for matching music to task
  • a music and imagery experience, and
  • a variety of research.

Thank you to all the participants!  I learn so much through sharing my thoughts, experiences, and ideas.  If you attended, feel free to share your comments on your experiences.  If you’d like to learn about future presentations, follow this blog!

School’s Out for Summer

As a teenager, this was a battle cry we played over & over in the “cave” at our school.  We SO looked forward to being out of class.  To this day, this song comes to mind as I pick up my daughter the last day of school.

The next thought for me is “How am I going to spend my summer?”  I look forward to more frequent visits with extended family.  It is days of not waking my husband or daughter early but rather spending a little quiet time watering in the garden and listening to the birds.  Summer is City Band rehearsals and performances.  Summer is playing my guitar on the back porch.  It’s the taste of ice cream and limeades.  It’s time to feel sand between my toes, a time for swimming.

So, how are you going to spend your summer?  Share your thoughts below.


Cleaning on a Music Therapy blog?  Yes, because it is a part of healthy living.  I started the FlyLady program in February 2010.  I love the fact it can be personalized, promotes, short cleaning periods, and encourages healthy living.  There are parts that don’t apply to my life.  For example, laundry every day doesn’t make sense in our house.  Now, for my younger sisters with small children, it would make a lot of sense.  So, check out her website!

Now for the music part – I have created my own playlist to help me through my cleaning.  I sent it to iMix today so it should soon be available for your perusal.  It is titled “Music Sparks Cleaning Music”.

Some are there so I can sing-along.  Others help me to relax while others energize.  What’s on your cleaning playlist?

For your listening pleasure…

As a music therapist, I listen to music in a variety of styles and by a variety of artists.  I am often looking for things that I haven’t heard or that are different.  While I obtain musical ideas from many sources, I have a new one: Pandora Internet Radio.  While this service is meant for personal use, it allows me to preview music similar to music I already like or use.  When I hear something that I like, I can purchase it through them or one of my favorite providers.  Pandora free accounts will only play 40 hours of free music per month.  Upgraded accounts are available which provided unlimited listening hours each month and mobile use.  I encourage you to give Pandora a try.

A second site I use is Last.FM.  They also have search options and play music in styles similar to submitted artists.  Information is provided on the artists and purchase information.  So, check them out at:

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