Margie’s preliminary collection of music therapy activity ideas

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“You’ve Got to Move” great movement activity for kids, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in music therapy

-Age: All ages depending upon tempo and strum/vocal style
-Goal Area:  various
Language skills:  include expressive and receptive language
Social skills:  sharing ways to move, taking and relinquishing turns, following directions
Motor skills: coordination, range of motion, muscle strength,
Cognitive skills: change the words to reflect knowledge of colors, numbers, letter sounds..
-Objective:  People perform the movements mentioned through song lyrics
-Materials: music and people
-Method:  I’ll leave this up to you.  Simply change the words to reflect the needs of your group or individual.  
-Adaptations: as  below. Change the words as need be.
Examples: for Language: How can we move Johnny? “tap our heads? ok You’ve got to tap like Johnny says…..
Social Skills:  You’ve got to share: Leroy and Ray…..
Motor Skills:  Circle your shoulders round and round…
Cognitive: Shake that maraca soft under your chair…..
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Melody:  http://youtu.be/1V6uWfpbNvQ by the Blind Boys of Alabama
(5 time Grammy Award winners!)
-Words and chords:

 

Chorus:
A
You got to move.  You got to move.
…………………….D                                     A
You got to move, child, You got to move.
…………………………A            D
But when the Lord Gets ready
A
You got to move.   (E7)
Verse 1
A
You may be high  You may be low.
…………………….D                                        A
You may be rich, child  You may be poor.
……………………….A               D                                  A          E
But when the Lord gets ready  You’ve got to move.
Verse 2
You see that woman..  That walk the street.
You see the policeman..   Out on his beat.
But when the Lord gets ready..   You got to move.

 

http://youtu.be/1V6uWfpbNvQ

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

“Seated Dance Routine” music therapy / education activity for all kids, teens and adults

Age: 13 to 18 and everyone else (I use with pre-k but also good for the elderly)
Goal Area: Memory, attention, patterning
Name of Activity: Watson Allman’s Dance (Seated)
Objective: Clients remember and perform the step in the dance
Materials: Song Watson Allman by Sam Bush on Glamour and Grits. GREAT CD!
Method: I chant the directions until the group is familiar with them, then gradually fade them out.
Adaptations: (optional)  Have the members think of their own movements. (You’ll see the chant and the related motions below.)  The words and movement really mirror the music.   So you’ll hear what part of the words can be adjusted for your group.
I’ll underline the words that are best changed/adjusted, to try to make seem less difficult- but it’s not!
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella fro Music Therapy tunes.
 
Motions:  After the intro,  snap to the next 4 measures (counted slowly)
 
Part One:   feet feet feet and a clap clap clap. (repeat 2 more times.)    Then round and around and a tap tap tap.   (motions: move one foot toward you and the other foot away- repeat 2x and then clap clap clap.   Spin arms and tap knees.)
 
Part two is same as  part one.
 
Part three: Throw the baseball and hit it with a bat. (repeat 2x) Now two thumbs up what do you think of that?  ( pretend to throw a ball. Clasp hands together on one shoulder, switch shoulders, and return to the first one- like bad batting.)
 
Part Four: Open close. Open close,  and clap, clap, clap. Repeat 2x.  Then round and
 
Part Five: Twist, twist, twist and clap, clap, clap
 
Part 6: This is a repeat of part three
 
Part 7: This is a recap of part one

 

 

 

“Re-Write” music therapy song writing activity for teens and adults

-Age: 13 to 18 and up
-Goal Area: emotional expression
-Name of Activity: Song rewrite
-Objective: Students fill in the blanks to chosen songs and discuss/share  what and why they wrote.
-Materials: Songs meaningful to the individuals or group with key words removed.
-Method: Students fill in the blanks to chosen songs and discuss/share  what and why they wrote.
-Adaptations: (optional) 
-Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Lyrics: Again, what songs do YOU use for this?  Email me! How does it work best?

“Make your own Music Video” music therapy activity for teens and adults

-Age: 13-18 and up
-Goal Area: Emotional expression, social skills (cooperation, contribution, leadership, responsibility….)
-Name of Activity: Making a video to recorded music
-Objective: Students work together to create a music video
-Materials: cd, cd player, video camera,  props needed, lighting, and lots of room
-Method:  Tell the class that they can work together to pick a topic, a song, and make a video.
-Adaptations: (optional)   Make the video with the kids playing their own instruments! Smaller groups of students can work together. Make your own artwork to depict the music.
-Lyrics and Chords: Whatever they choose (as long as it in accordance with their needs, and the philosophy of the administration/program.)
Submitted by: : Margie la Bella of music therapy tunes .com

“Beach Ball” music therapy activity (Communication Game) for adults and all ages

-Age: 6-adult
-Goal Area: social/emotional,  cognitive/academic
-Name of Activity: “Beach Ball”
-Objective: People answer questions when they catch the ball.
-Materials: age appropriate music, and a beach ball,  iPod and speakers, White board,  Dry/erase markers
-Method: This is a dressed up, MT variation of “hot potato” music meaningful to the group and it’s purposes
-Procedure: When music begins, clients will toss ball back and forth. When MT stops the music, the ball stops moving. The person left holding the ball when the music stops will be asked a question.  The question asked will depend on the functioning level of the patient and the goals you are working on in that group. The patients I will see tomorrow are generally low functioning adults. I may ask questions like, “What kind of things can you find at the beach?” or “Name another song that the Beach Boys sang.” If I am working on self-concept with children, I might ask them to name one thing they like about themselves.
 -Submitted by:michellerjs@gmail.com  Website:beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com
Twitter: beyondthemusic  facebook fan page: Beyond the Music: a resource for MT/MT interns

“Beach Ball” grown up Hot Potato music therapy intervention for adults

Goal Area: social/emotional,  cognitive/academic
Name of Activity: “Beach Ball”
Objective: People answer questions when they catch the ball.
Materials: age appropriate music, and a beach ball,  iPod and speakers, White board,  Dry/erase markers
Method: This is a dressed up, MT variation of “hot potato”
Procedure: When music begins, clients will toss ball back and forth. When MT stops the music, the ball stops moving. The person left holding the ball when the music stops will be asked a question.  The question asked will depend on the functioning level of the patient and the goals you are working on in that group. The patients I will see tomorrow are generally low functioning adults. I may ask questions like, “What kind of things can you find at the beach?” or “Name another song that the Beach Boys sang.” If I am working on self-concept with children, I might ask them to name one thing they like about themselves.
 Submitted by :michellerjs@gmail.com  Website:   beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com
Twitter: beyondthemusic  facebook fan page: Beyond the Music: a resource for MT/MT interns

“Song Rewrite” music therapy discussion activity for teens through adults

-Goal Area: emotional expression
-Objective: Students fill in the blanks to chosen songs and discuss/share  what and why they wrote.
-Materials: Songs meaningful to the individuals or group with key words removed.
-Method: Students fill in the blanks to chosen songs and discuss/share  what and why they wrote.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Lyrics: Again, what songs do you use for this?  Email me! How does it work best?

“What Song Am I?” music therapy discussion activity for teen and adults

Goal Area: emotional expression
-Objective: Students share how they feel and why they relate to the song.
-Materials: List of popular songs,  recording of those songs.
-Method: Students are given a list of popular songs.  They choose one song that represents where they are “at”. Today and tell the group why.  The song is then played and the mood, feelings, and related situations discussed.
-Adaptations: To make it a little safer for members,  students can discuss how the person in the song feels and why.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Lyrics:  Please tell me what you use for this activity.  Any variations?

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
Twitter: beyondthemusic  facebook fan page: Beyond the Music: a resource for MT/MT interns