I just started a spring semester run working at a transition program with 18-21 year olds with varying diagnoses and abilities. Finding age appropriate music therapy interventions can be hard for this population, especially for higher functioning young adults. The group loved playing music bingo with a name that tune twist so I wanted to share the board here!
Pass out the bingo sheets and explain that you’ll be playing and/or singing the melody (without words) until one person guesses the answer. Then, ask everyone to mark the box and go through one verse/chorus or whatever you have time to sing. Goals for this intervention include social skills so I encourage talking among the group to figure out the answer or to share a particular fact or memory about the song. I’ve uploaded the sheet as a doc in case you want to switch out songs or make different versions for several teams.
Happy Valentine’s Week!
Hey all, since it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow we wanted to share one more Valentine’s day song with you. This one is a singing intervention and works well for preschoolers and early grade school. The one time I tried this with toddlers, they were more interested in chewing on the hearts. They did, however, identify the colors of the hearts receptively so it can work for toddlers as well. Just make sure you have sturdy laminating sheets.
During the verse of the song I like to have children pat their knees so their engaging voice and body (and less likely to be touching friends, etc.). Goals for this song include receptive and expressive identification of colors, body part identification, and bilateral movement. Children will clap hands, dip shoulders, wave hello, and pat knees. That’s just what we use, but you can also have children stomp feet, give a squeeze to self, beep nose as a few other options. Whatever body parts or actions that meet the goals you have set for your clients!
The melody is a modified version of the theme song to Beverly Hillbillies. Here is a link to the sheet music with melody and chords.
For the hearts, I just made a cut out with scrapbook paper because it is sturdy and used cold laminate sheets from Target. If you want, you could use dry erase on the hearts and have different actions for different groups, or use marker before you laminate. Hope you can use this cute song with your little ones!
Image via Hearts in Nature
The older adults I work with never get tired of a few music therapy interventions (balloon volleyball to music anyone?). One is playing name that tune or music bingo. These music interventions never fail to get my groups of older adults clients interacting, singing, clapping, and reminiscing.
Today’s intervention addresses the same goals as the Holiday music bingo post found here. Because the goals are not simply to sing along or identify a melody, it is important to allow time for the group to share memories and encourage active listening and empathy among group members. You can discuss the different kinds of love in the songs. Romantic love, young love, love for your country, etc. This intervention will allow both the music and therapy skills that we have as music therapists to shine!
We hope you are able to use the session idea with your clients and adapt as necessary for group preferences. We will be sharing more ideas for Valentine’s Day sessions in the coming weeks so please subscribe to the right or follow our blog for the most up to date posts.
ETA: wikifonia is no longer so we hope you can find the lead sheets on your own through the wonderful internet 🙂