Music Therapists Do It Differently

Is it music therapy? Say you walk by a room in a hospital, and you see a person lying in bed, and a woman sitting next to her, singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” while strumming a guitar. Maybe you think, “oh, how lovely. Music is so relaxing!” Or maybe you pass the activity room in…

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Two Thomas Dorseys

I have to start this post with a confession. A while ago, I had a music therapy client request the song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” I had known the song for a while, but when I looked up the lyrics this time around, I noticed that the composer listed was Thomas Dorsey. “Huh,” I…

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17 Fascinating Facts About Irish Music

“17 Fascinating Facts About Irish Music” is locked 17 Fascinating Facts About Irish Music |

In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, here are 17 fun facts about Irish music: 1. The Irish value their music so much that an Irish harp is pictured on their euro coins. 2. In Irish stepdance, dancers keep their upper bodies stiff while doing intricate footwork. 3. Step dancers wear two kinds…

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Kansas City Jazz: Charlie Parker

Miles Davis once said that the history of jazz could be summed up in four words: “Louie Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” How cool is it that the second half refers to a musician who grew up here in Kansas City? Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, KS and raised in Kansas City, MO. He attended…

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Cultivating Neighborly Love Among Our Seniors: Part Two

Cultivating Neighborly Love Among Our Seniors: Part Two |

Because of the many changes and losses that occur in later life, sometimes combined with physical or cognitive challenges, older adults may benefit from some assistance in building meaningful friendships with other elders in their life. Eldercare professionals can do a lot to help this process along. In last week’s post, we covered the “why”…

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