Songwriting Experience for June

Earlier this week, I posted a song spotlight on the song “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and with that, I left you a little teaser about its potential for songwriting. As promised, here is a songwriting experience based on this song. With the elders I serve, songwriting seems to work best with a familiar…

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Time for the Big Move? Music Therapy Can Help

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Dolly Wittman, the president of Caring Transitions here in Kansas City. Her company exists to help people – especially seniors – who are moving to a new living situation and are in need of help figuring out where to go and what to do with all…

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Hiring a music therapist in long-term care: Specialized music-making groups

This is the third post in my series on hiring a music therapist in long-term care. For an introduction to this series and links to previous posts, click here. In my last post, I described the music therapy groups that I provide in long-term care. By my definition (which does not necessarily match other music therapists’…

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Song Spotlight: “That Tumbledown Shack in Athlone”

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Every so often, I get to work with a client in music therapy who really challenges me to learn new music. I can credit specific individuals with getting me to beef up my repertoire in western songs, Filipino and Russian folk songs, songs in Yiddish, and songs performed by Bing Crosby and Patsy Cline, among…

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How Can I Keep From Singing? Profound Musical Experiences

I stopped to visit a woman in the nursing home. She never makes any outright requests for songs, perhaps out of politeness. I did know from previous sessions that she likes Christian hymns, though, so I suggested “How Great Thou Art”which she accepted. She listened quietly as I sang two verses. When I finished, I…

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Hiring a Music Therapist in Long-Term Care: Music Therapy Groups

This is the third article in a series about hiring a music therapist in long-term care. For an introduction to the series and links to other posts, please click here. Most of the clients we see in long-term care are in music therapy groups. By our definition, these groups are smaller – usually no more…

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Long-Term Care: When Should I Hire a Music Therapist?

When should a long-term care facility hire a music therapist? We know that people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities can have a wide range of physical and emotional needs: declines in motor functioning, social isolation, depression, anxiety, confusion, physical pain. We also know that music can be an effective way of caring…

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