“Shadow Show” music therapy activity for teens and all ages

 Age: 13 -18 +-
-Goal Area: social skills and emotional expression
-Name of Activity: Shadow Sheet
-Objective: Students portray their message to music via shadow play.
-Materials: overhead projector or other light source, large white sheet or other cloth, music on a prearranged theme.
-Method: This can be done individually or in groups. Students create a dance or expressive movement arrangement to
non-verbally portray their feelings about the topic expressed in the song. Discussions can follow. Of course, rules about
what types of lyrics and movements are to be allowed/disallowed (prob. dependent upon the client’s needs
and type of setting) can be discussed ahead of time.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Lyrics,chords, solfege, melody used: Dependent upon age, facility,  and client need.


“Mad Libs a-la Music” : Good for All ages – kids through adults

– Age: 6-12 =/-
-Goal Area: language arts
-Good activity for parents and teachers of special needs kids .
-Objective: Kids will provide nouns, verbs, colors, numbers, and more upon therapist request.
-Materials: Familiar song with key words removed. (Write down the part of speech you will request for each deleted word. This really helps.)
-Method: Ask the students a variety to “wh” questions and for parts of speech, incorporate into song.
-Adaptations: We all know how we used to play this game.  Tell the kids to keep it “clean!”
-Submitted by:  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Lyrics and Chords: Of your choice. Here’s a mundane example. Also works well with holiday songs, pop songs, any group appropriate choice.
                                Try it with a song that the kids know already.
Oh, Susanna!
I came from ___________         with a ____________on my knee.
                    (a restaurant)                       (fav. instrument)
I’m going to _____________.                   My ____________for to see.
                     (a place you want to be)             (fav. person)
Oh, ______________ won’t you ____________ for me.
         (name)                                  (verb)
I’m going to _____________ with a ______________on my knee.
                    (place)                               (instrument)
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