Today I’m dusting off some oldies but goodies from the blog.
After four months of virtual music therapy sessions, even I needed to dig deep to find new ideas for my clients (many of whom have zero musical instruments or materials).
If you’re looking for musical experiences that would work well during teletherapy (or in-person!) with your school age (K-8) students and teens, take a look at these ideas from the blog archives:
A Pirate Creative Listening Experience – See how to use the soundtracks of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to give students the opportunity to do some creative imagination and work on expressive communication.
“Old Town Road” To Target Therapeutic Goals – Here’s how to use this uber-popular song to work on sustained and selective attention, impulse control and direction following with your school-age and teen clients.
Combining Music + Art: A Hawaiian Theme – Bring out your leis and your ukuleles! In this post you’ll learn how to facilitate a Hawaiian-themed music and art experience.
Everything Is Awesome (The Lego Movie + therapeutic goals) – Find out how you can use a song from The Lego Movie to work on social/emotional and communication goals.
“What Do You Do?” A Social Skills Song – Sheet music + MP3 are available so you can use the song in your sessions and classes this week.
Had To Have High, High Hopes – Learn why this song by Panic! At the Disco is perfect for therapeutic use in our sessions.
Session Planning With “Stitches” – See how to use “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes therapeutically to address attention-based goals (be careful – this song is an ear worm!)
Best Day Of My Life – Learn how to use this awesome song by American Authors to facilitate a meaningful song discussion.
The ABCs of Music – Learn this musical game that can be used as an ice breaker or warm activity at the start of a session.
Being Brave With Your Groups – Use this Sara Bareilles song to facilitate a thought provoking song discussion.
The Empathy Song – The Mosaic Project is a beautiful project intent on spreading peace and love through music. “The Empathy Song” is fantastic tool to begin a discussion and lyric analysis on the topic of empathy.
I hope these ideas jump start your creativity so you can keep rockin’ on in your teletherapy sessions (or in-person sessions if you’re at that point!)