“Native American Sound Poem” music therapy activity for teens and adults

Age: 6-12+
Goal: Cooperation, working as a team
Name of Activity: Indians  (change as you wish.) Sound Poem
Materials: Drums (2)  cymbols, whistle, sand blocks
Method: Review the poem with the kids. Assign each child (or group thereof) an instrument.  Kids play their instruments at specific times providing a musical background for the poem. 
Source: Byrd Baylor (I think)
Adaptations: If the children can not read, make up drawings whereby they can
 “read”  the sequence of instruments.  Put your own instrumentation in. Record it.
 Draw pictures and make a video. 
Submitted by: Margie@musictherapytunes.com  NOT original
 
Ka-trum. Katrum. Ka-trum. (drum 1)      When Buffalo run (drum 2)
They darken the sun. (cymbal)       They cover the sky as they pass by. (drum2)
Tall grasses lie flat (sandblocks)      and wild birds cry. (whistle)
And dry earth trembles as they pass by. (drum1)
Native Americans stay quiet as the grass. (sandblocks)
Quiet as the shadows where buffalo pass. (drum2)
Until the zing of an arrow (cymbal) and the shish of a spear (slide whistle)
tell you they must be somewhere near….. (all read/say together.)

“Rondo Jam” music therapy / education activity lesson plan for teens and adults

-Age: 13 to 18 and up
-Goal Area: social skills,  listening to each other, cooperating, leading, and following
-Name of Activity: Rhondo Jam
-Objective: Students take turns improvising their own solo and and then return to the group’s repeated theme. 
-Materials: instruments and a familiar song, chord progression, or rhythmic beat.
-Method: The form of a rhondo is ABACADAE… where A is like a chorus that is always returned to and the other letters are individualized solos.
-Adaptations: music suitable to the group.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)   Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes
 
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes

“Spooky Halloween Poem to act out and read aloud” Music therapy / education for older kids.

Age:  10 and up 
Goal: Comprehension, expression, creativity, cooperation, social skills
Name of Activity: The Witches
Materials: just the poem, possible instruments (see adaptations)
Method: The reader reads the poem and the actors act out what the words describe.
Adaptations: Find a scary instrumental recording and use it for auditory atmosphere. Make you own scary music to use in the background.
Submitted by: Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Source: I do not know. Please comment if you do!
Song: This is a poem but it can be sung to the tune of “Pray for the dead and the dead will pray for you…”
or a minor version of Farmer in the Dell.  Try a minor version of Johnny comes marching home/ (must I say this but … Johnny is the same as “The ants go marching….)
 
The sky is dark. the stars are bright. The moon is shining too.
Inside a cave the witches meet to mix their favorite brew.
 
They light a fire and when it flames they fetch a big black pot.
They fill it up with lizard’s blood and wait until it’s hot.
 
Each one had brought a magic charm to put into the stew.
A spider’s web, a fairy’s wing, a beetle leg or two.
 
They take a stick and bending low they stir the mixture round.
they rub their fingers, old and cramped and stamp upon the ground.
 
Their wizened faces grin with glee as round the pot they prance.
Their sharp eyes glisten in the dark. . Their cloaks swirl as they dance.
 
They drink and then into the sky on broomsticks swift and light.
They cackle hoarsely as they fly and soon are  out of sight.

“Feelings Jam” music therapy activities for teenagers and everyone else

-Goal Area: emotional expression and social skills
-Name of Activity: My music tells you how I feel
-Objective:  Students tell you how they are feeling, and portray that feeling on an instrument.
-Materials: My music tells you how I feel by Margie La Bella
-Method: Hand out paper and pencil. Students fill out the form and perform it for the class.
A-daptations: Class jams along with the student leader.  Change up the words to reflect feeling toward a situation.  Example:  I feel real mad when they fight.  Or I feel better when I play out my guitar.  Do an introductory verse on “My music tells you how I feel” then get person-specific. Make a class verse.
-Submitted by:  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Chords: Blues progression
-Words:
My music tells you I feel ________. My music tells you I feel____________.
Feeling come and feeling go. But I’ll tell you this I know.
My music tells you I feel______________.
 
 
 
 
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes

“Beginning Song Writing” music therapy intervention for elementary aged special needs students lesson plans

-Goal Area: emotional expression and social skills
-Name of Activity: Here’s my name and what  I like
-Objective: Students will fill out a song form with their name and things they like/dislike.
-Materials: Pages with song and blank spaces provided, pens, a variety of age-appropriate instruments.
-Adaptations: Teacher takes down their answers and sings/raps  them if students are not able.
-Method: Students fill out form, choose an instrument to accompany it with and perform their verse.
-Submitted by:  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Lyrics and Chords: Kids can rap this or jam to any popular chord progression. Examples: Em-C- D repeated.  Em-Dm repeated.  Blues progression.
 
 
Words:   My name is ________________. I said _______________is my name.
               _______________________ is my favorite game.
               I like___________________ think____________________is bad.
               My song is _______________________ the best that I had.

 

“Dice Game” Music therapy discussion activity for kids, teenagers and adults

-Goal Area: self-expression, interpersonal communication skills (and math)
-Name of Activity: Dice game
-Objective: Students share information about themselves, and ask about the other group members. 
-Materials: Dice, favorite songs, rules.
-Method: Students take turn rolling the dice.  If the dice land on an even number, the student must say something about himself or answer a question asked by another student.  If the number is odd, he gets to ask a question.  If the dice land on doubles, then a favorite song is played. You may want to make a rule that certain language and content is not allowed- depending upon the needs of the group and/or facility.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com Source unknown!

 

 

 

Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes

“Drawing to different styles and Discussion” a music therapy activity for teens and adults

-Goal Area: Emotional expression
-Name of Activity: Drawing to different musical styles/moods
-Objective: Kids will draw to various styles or “feels” of music, then name the feelings, and  discuss how the feeling portrayed in the music is reflected in the actual art.
-Materials: Music of a variety of styles or moods, art materials of your choice, paper.
-Method: Discuss what the aim for the activity is. Choose music, play it, create by it and discuss.
-Adaptations:  Kids can choose music of a variety of moods. This itself is a valuable experience! You can also have them choose instrumental music only, or music highlighting the voice only. You can discuss what they think the out come will be ahead of time, and  if the results proved or disproved the hypothesis. 
You can do this with any art medium. Crayons, paint, glue-paint, glow paint..clay….
-Lyrics and Chords: Up for grabs as need be. 
Submitted by:  Margie@musictherapytunes.com

“Guided Imagery and a Song” music therapy activity for teens and adults

-Goal Area: self-expression, emotional expression
Name of Activity: Guided imagery and a song
-Objective: Clients undergo a simple guided imagery experience and make a song  or sound poem about what they imagined/experienced. 
-Materials: A good guided imagery song conducive to the client’s needs and  interesting age-appropriate instruments.
-Method: This is not my expertise so feel free to write you own activities and send!  Give the guided imagery experience, at the level which is appropriate to your training.   The clients then make a song or poem about what they experienced.  Perform and discuss.  Songs can be as short or long as client’s need.   A Cinquain form below and is a good, simple way to get clients writing. This has the potential to “get deep” so be sure you are able to handle emotions both discussed and expressed verbally and musically. If you feel uncertain in this, ask  the proper professional to join you.   
-Adaptations: Have the people draw a scene from their experience and discuss. Write a group song.  Make an accompanying video from the pictures or other sources. 
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
A cinquain form is this:  You will be writing a five line poem. The first line is one word. The next line consists of two words elaborating on line one. The third line is three words long.  Fourth line is four words, and the fifth line is one word.   You can do it to any poetry form you with. Haiku, fill in the blank.  Try this one:  I saw______.  I felt________.  I wanted_________  I wish______I will__________.    Do a poem with the 5 senses.

“Program Music/Sound Track” music therapy activity for teens and adults

-Goal Area: Self-expression, group cooperation
-Objective: Students write an add-on story to programmatic music.  They then select their own instruments and accompany the story themselves.
-Materials: A few selections of highly programmatic music; music that the composer used to create an image/story (like “Pictures at an Exhibition,” or
“Peter and the wolf,” pieces of Edvarg Grieg…)  paper, pen, 
lots of interesting instruments to create a variety of sounds.
-Method: Play a bit of 1,2,or 3 pieces and tell the students they are going to write a story or script to the music. Have them choose the piece, if you want. Then give one student the pen and paper and tell him/her to begin a story.  Pass the paper to the next student and ask them to read the previous part and continue the story. Content boundaries may be set dependent on student ages, needs, and facility rules.  The story is then read back by the students or therapist with the music playing in the background.  Part two: the students then think of their own way to accompany the
story with their own instruments.  Parts and/or roles are assigned, students choose instruments to represent these, and create their own programmatic music.
-Adaptations: Record or video the story, and/or the student’s music.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie at music therapy tunes.com

Amazing Teen Discussion Song List for Music Therapy (All ages, really.)

Age: a Variety of ages from 11 through older adults
Goal Area: social arena: from lyric discussion and substitution, fill-in the blanks and more for groups and individuals needing to discus particular topics
Objective: emotional and social growth
Materials: This is an incredible page!! Beyond valuable! Thanks to Michelle Strutzel. Here is it:   Http://www.scribd.com/doc/35744511/Songs-by-Topic
This site has a long list of songs and discussion topics.
 Submitted by:michellerjs@gmail.com  Website:beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com
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