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When my clients make me think, it gets me excited. This past week, a conversation started at an assisted living facility on stories told by songs. There are so many songs that tell stories, so the question became which to recommend. Once I was home from the session, I through the topic out to Twitterverse and received responses from Kat Fulton, Rachelle Norman, Carolyn D., and Carol Costantino. Thank you ladies!
This list of songs is from these ladies along with a few of my own. Songs will likely appeal older adults – 65+ in age. Where possible, I’ve linked to a recording on YouTube for easy of use by caregivers and seniors who wish to listen.
All of these have the makings of discussion starters. If you use any of these story songs to facilitate a group, please share the response you have to them. Love this idea but work with young children? No problem, I’ll soon have a list for this group & inter-generational groups very soon.
- School Day Memories (musicsparks.wordpress.com)
- Family in Song (musicsparks.wordpress.com)
The week of August 1-7 is Simplify Your Life Week. As always, that has me asking questions.
- How can simplification apply to my work?
- How does simplification apply when working with older adults or children?
- Does it apply to life with a young child?
In my work, simplification can take many forms. Accompaniments can be reduced even to the point of a simple rhythm on a drum. I can prepare less structure/plan allowing myself to flow with the clients during the session.
Working with older adults I have become aware of the need to decrease background noise. With many clients – old & young – less visual noise is also helpful. It can be easier to attend to a person or a task when there is less in your visual field.
At home, simplification can mean putting away some of the toys for a month. By rotating what is out and available, it keeps things fresh. It can also mean playing with simple blocks or containers
How do you bring simplification to you life? Your work? Please share it now in the comments.
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My friend, Michelle Erfurt put out a challenge on Music Therapy Tween for a 7 link challenge. This seemed like a simple challenge. The questions only apply to the dates of August 2010 – July 2011. So here we go!
- Your first post of August 2010: Music for All This was a short post sharing a link. Boy have my posts changed in the last year.
- A post you enjoyed writing the most: Right Down to Your Toes I love being barefoot. I love getting a pedicure. Finding this poem and turning it into a song was a joy.
- A post which had a great discussion: It surprises me that a couple tied: Time to Spring Forward and Singable Books: Patriotic.
- A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written: Intergenerational Music at Cornerstone I wish I had a big hit post like this one on intergenerational music that was on my blog. This may be a goal for this coming year. I wrote something that impacted the lives of those for whom I provide services.
- Your most helpful post: Brining Australia to Kansas This post brought comments from Australia that informed my sessions. The residents were very impressed to have music suggested from around the globe.
- A post with a title that you are proud of: Yes, You Can! The title created interest and was a great summary of this video. We can each make a difference in the lives of those dealing with dementia.
- A post that you wish more people had read: Singing Bowl Meditation Doing meditation with a group of older adults with a variety of backgrounds and diagnosis can be a challenge. But, this seemed to work.
Now, it is your turn! If you are a blogger, share your list of seven.
My last two top ten posts looked at music therapy and music with older adults. Here is list #3 – the top intergenerational music blogs. This took a little work as many are just news articles or single posts. So, I’m trying to share sites with the greatest information. You will notice there are only seven. Most of the items were news stories or offered only an overview of the program.
7. Our Big Earth
6. Sound Health Music
5. EMBE Music Therapy
4. Darwin Intergenerational Music (This is a YouTube link)
3. Soundscape Music Therapy
2. Music Together
1. Cornerstone Music Community (A new blog I now follow)
What this tells me is not many blogs repeatedly address intergenerational music – an area which I greatly enjoy. It provides me some new resources for interview and conversations on the subject. In fact, I hope to have some posted targeting intergenerational music during August 2011.
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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 Places.com (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.