The Groovy Garfoose presents “Music Therapy Tips & Tricks.” The video blog where Ellen Antes, MT-BC shares music therapy principles and skills for music therapists and beyond.
In this video, Ellen shares four instruments she uses with her clients and patients for sensory stimulation within the context of music therapy sessions.
Calling all music therapy, art therapy, art education and special education college students…
GG Summer Camp is BACK! And we need YOU! We are so excited to offer our 7th camp Movie Camp: Music, Art, & Dance from Film this Summer 2018!
We will offer Movie Camp in back-to-back weeks. The first week will run Monday-Friday June 18-23 from 4-6pm at 435 SOM Center Rd in Mayfield, OH. The second week will run Monday-Friday June 25-29 from 4-6pm at 47 Aurora St in Hudson, OH.
To ensure this is our best camp yet, The Groovy Garfoose is seeking student volunteers with relevant education training eager to gain experience working with teens and adults 15 and up of all abilities. Volunteers will have opportunities to support and encourage camper participation (i.e., staying on task, passing out instruments, providing hand-over-hand assistance , socialization) in addition to observing music therapists and art educators in action. Camp is only as successful as the people that run it, and we hope you will consider helping us make it AWESOME! Here’s what that entails…
As in Summers past, we are anticipating 10-20 campers per camp. Each day of camp will start as a group. During this social time, we will learn our theme song and introduce the movie theme for that day. Then we will divide campers into three small groups. Each group will rotate through 30 minutes of creative arts experiences (Dance, Art, Music). The end of each camp will conclude with a group experience wrapping up the theme of the day. Volunteers will spend the entire week supporting one group of campers through each arts experience for consistency.
We are looking for energetic volunteers willing to jump in and learn even if you are new to our camp or special needs in general. Volunteers must arrange their own transportation to and from camp and be willing and able to commit to the entire week of camp to provide consistent support and familiarity to campers.
Interested in volunteering but still have more questions? Please contact Ellen Antes, MT-BC at email@example.com for more information.
With each snowy and rainy Ohio day, it brings us one step closer to SUMMER! Summer is filled with warm days, long nights, and new ADVENTURES. One of my favorite adventures from last summer was being apart of the Groovy Garfoose Summer Camp. As I learned, every day of Summer Camp at the GG consist of FOUR very important components: music, art, dance, and LOTS of fun!
Music includes playing instruments with peers, singing new and old favorites, and opportunities for solos which show off each individual’s creativity no matter their musical ability. Some of my favorite experiences to observe last Summer included: creating a musical rainstorm to “Purple Rain” and rockin’ out with egg shakers to “Rockin’ Robin”.
Art promotes individuality. Each day campers create a unique masterpiece that fits within the theme for the day (and they get to take home!!). My favorite projects from last Summer included: tye dying shirts (with our camp logo!), creating colored shakers to use in music, and painting rocks to be apart of Northeast Ohio Rocks.
Dance highlights the many different ways that we can move and groove reinforcing there is no wrong way to dance when we let the music inspire us! Favorite dances from last Summer included: the “Blue Danube” Waltz, Ballet to “Firebird”, and “breaking it down” with their favorite moves on the large floor piano mat!
Fun is present in every camp experience, BUT it’s especially prominent on the last day of camp. The last day of camp kicks off with a party filled with favorite music, art, dance activities from the week, pizza, snacks, musical bingo, selfies and special time hanging with new and old camp friends. The last day wraps with a blowout performance in which camper are eager to perform their favorite activities from the week in front of a packed house of their family and friends!
If you aren’t convinced by now how awesome camp is, maybe finding out the theme of 2018 will help…Movie Camp!! Who doesn’t LOVE music, art, dance, fun inspired by the MOVIES!? I hope you’ll join me and our GG Team this Summer at Movie Camp. Let the GG Summer Camp ADVENTURE begin!
The Groovy Garfoose presents “Music Therapy Tips & Tricks.” The video blog where Ellen Antes, MT-BC shares music therapy principles and skills for music therapists, parents and beyond.
This first vlog post is about transition songs and their importance in the everyday lives of our clients. Plus some demonstrations!
Summer Camp is BACK and for our 7th Summer and counting! We are thrilled to offer Movie Camp: Music, Art & Dance from Film this Summer 2018 in TWO locations. One camp in Mayfield and one in Hudson. Here’s all the important details and how to secure your campers spot today!
If you’re like me, the “Love songs” for Valentine’s Day sessions are a-plenty. However, after the holiday season, I’m always at a loss for how to continue incorporating “Winter” songs into sessions that are fresh, motivating and addressing my client’s goals. “Let it Snow” wasn’t cutting it anymore.
Then, after a stop to my local barista for an “Iced” coffee on an unseasonably warm winter day, it came to me!
“Ice Ice Baby”
This experience is great for an individual, partner or group and works well for clients of all abilities. It’s super sensory and can be adapted in countless ways.
Using the instrumental track to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” I rap above the track while clients manipulate various instruments and props, passing them to their peers as directed.
The cabasa is introduced first and its sound is described to remind us of crunching snow. We rap: “Crunch, crunch baby/client’s name.”
White egg shakers are then introduced and they remind us of snowflakes. We rap “Snow, snow baby/client’s name.”
Tambourines then remind us of the shivers we get in the cold. We rap “Shake, shake, baby/client’s name.”
Then, the grand finale: ICE. Adding food coloring and glitter to an ice cube tray helped create visually attractive ice-cubes. They were kept in a small thermal lunch box to keep from melting and the students could touch. We rap: “Ice, ice baby/client’s name.”
Each rap verse contained this “passing” direction: “Stop. It’s time to listen. Pass to ______ it’s your mission.”
Thank you, iced-coffee, for this “cool” inspiration.
January is Social Media Advocacy Month for music therapy! Music therapy bloggers across the country were challenged to find a song that best advocated for the profession of music therapy. The perfect song for The Groovy Garfoose is Feelin’ Groovy by Simon & Garfunkel. Check out our version below!
This song just touches on the power & importance of music therapy and trained board-certified music therapists. For more information visit musictherapy.org
As we reflect on this past year, we wanted to share with you all some of our favorite music therapy moments of 2017:
To some people, “5 golden rolls” are a fantastic addition to the dinner table, but to me, it’s my favorite Music Therapy moment! During one of my adult music therapy groups, a client of mine verbalized very few words and mainly just listened and watched the previous music groups we had together. But when it was his turn on the Thanksgiving version to “12 days of Christmas,” the room cheered with excitement when he sang “5 golden rolls” independently. It’s also been amazing to see his peers follow his lead by singing, dancing, and communicating more independently in music! Thus far, it’s been an eye opening experience to see the exponential growth and progress in many of the Groovy Garfoose clients.
“Oh my gosh, he held onto the maraca all by himself for the entire song!” – This quote from a staff member at an adult workshop is EVERYTHING, including my favorite music therapy moment of the year. In this specific case, the staff member (quoted above) regularly attends group music therapy and acts as her client’s hands and voice, daily. On this particular day, during one particular song, her active participation wasn’t necessary as the client independently held and played an instrument as she sat back to watch him in awe. Even though it was just for one moment, during one song, with one instrument, this person demonstrated his ability to grasp, and shake the maraca, according to its function, proving his ability to learn and grow should never be underestimated. Just as I suspected, inside this client lives a rock star, and we got to see him take center stage!
It was my first day seeing a new referral providing hospice music therapy to a gentleman with early-onset Alzheimer’s who was both non-verbal and difficult to engage. However, the social worker, who gave me the referral, shared that this man was a former musician. I was excited to see what kind of work I could do with him, and how I could create an experience to engage him and increase his quality of life. When I entered his room, he responded to his name by looking at me, then staring ahead again. Then I started to take out my instruments. The man’s face lit up and became tearful as I showed him my baritone ukulele. His eyes tracked the instrument, and watched intently as I made chord changes, and he offered his hands, typically tight to his chest, to strum. I offered several country music songs, which I discovered he enjoyed At the end of the session, I asked if I could come back again. Clearly and assuredly, this man said, “Yes.” I am thankful for the connection I made and the opportunity to increase someone’s quality of life through music, and I can’t wait for what other special moments 2018 will bring.
When I think back on 2017, I’d have to say my favorite music therapy moment is all the growth we’ve experienced at Groovy Garfoose. Not only are we serving more clients of all ages and abilities including Hospice Music Therapy with Gardens of the Western Reserve, but we are strengthening our community connections in Summit County by partnering with HCER, LLA Therapy Hudson, FCC and The Up Side of Downs to offer music therapy, music rec and expanded music camp opportunities for all ages and abilities. And all that wouldn’t be possible without expanding the Groovy Garfoose TEAM! In addition to Ellen Antes and myself, I’m thrilled to have hired a third employee, Sarah Chappell, who brings a wealth of experience our school contracts in Mayfield, Solon and Hudson City Schools in addition to our private clients in Hudson. And our team wouldn’t be complete without our very first intern, Bri Grucza. Bri is gaining a wealth of experience from Ellen and Sarah and is already taking the lead with private clients and groups moving her one step closer to earning her MT-BC! As an owner and now a boss, I never dreamed of reaching so many amazing people and getting to partner with organizations that believe in the power of music as passionately as we do. I can’t wait for 2018, because there is SO much more to come! But I’ll save that for another blogpost. ;)
Happy Holidays from the Groovy Garfoose!
Ellen is sharing some of her favorite holiday piggyback songs to add variety to group or individual sessions!
Goal: Motor movement
Directions: Fill in blanks with motor movements appropriate for your group or individual client (i.e., marching, waving, twisting, playing).
Here we come a __________-ing among the leaves so green
Here we come a __________-ing so fair to be seen
Love & joy come to, and with you I’ll ________, too.
While we’re _______-ing we wish you a Happy New Year
Yes we wish you a Happy New Year
(to the tune of “Here Comes the Sun”)
Directions: Have individual or group sing or say “snow” when appropriate in the lyrics
Here comes the snow (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the snow, and I say
It’s all right
Little Reindeer, it’s been a long hot lonely summer
Little Reindeer, it feels like years, since it’s been here.
Here comes the snow
Here comes the snow, and I say
It’s all right
Snow Snow Snow, here it comes
Snow Snow Snow, here it comes
Snow Snow Snow, here it comes
Snow Snow Snow, here it comes
Snow Snow Snow, here it comes
Little Reindeer, I feel that ice is slowly freezing
Little reindeer, it seems like years since holiday cheer
Here comes the snow (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the snow, and I say
It’s all right
Goal: Follow directions
Directions: Fill in the blanks with different ways to play the drum (loud, soft, fast, slow, etc.)
Play the drum play the drum play the drum rock
I want to hear you play it _________
Keeping the beat to this holiday song
While we play a long
What a bright time, it’s the right time
To ______-ly play your drum
Play the drum now, you can show how
You like to play your drum today
Play the drum play the drum keeping the beat
Play so ____ tonight
That was great, now this verse is complete
That’s just how we rock.
Welcome to “The Final Countdown: Internship Edition.” This is the spot where you can exclusively find my personal experiences, tips, and tricks towards the internship process. Although everyone’s internship journey is different, this blog series will highlight my final countdown as an intern at the Groovy Garfoose, which brings me one step closer to becoming an MT-BC! Thanks for reading, Bri!
Gratitude. A word most of us hear on a regular basis around this time of the year. But, what does it mean? I love how the word gratitude is so versatile, because it means something different to everyone! For me gratitude is a word that helps me reflect on all that I have and how I’ve grown in the past year, especially now that the year is ALMOST over! To help my reflection reach its fullest potential, I created a personal “Gratitude Checklist.” My checklist includes positive words that hold personal meaning, especially over the past year. I love checklists because they can be personalized to you and your story! For example, the word growth to me means my growth as an intern at the GG. But, growth can mean something different to you, or you might even have a completely different word in mind! Here’s my personal “Gratitude Checklist” as an inspiration to help get yours started:
I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day to create your own checklist and to find a safe space to keep it. When times become difficult, revisit your checklist. For myself, it reminds me there’s more to be thankful for than that hard time that I’m experiencing. As I conclude always remember to:
Relax. Reflect. Be Grateful!
HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR SESSION
There two ways in which I structure structure a music therapy session around a Thanksgiving theme.
One way is to find all songs that mention thankfulness, turkeys, fall weather, etc. Plan your session around these songs based on your client’s or group’s goals.
Another way is to reflect on certain things we are THANKFUL for, and find songs that fit those themes. Some common things people are thankful for are family, friends, safety, health, and nature.
Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite Thanksgiving interventions in a simplistic form. Most of these can be adapted across ages & populations.
We All Eat ______ on Thanksgiving Day
We hope these ideas work well in your sessions and inspire some Thanksgiving interventions of your own!
We did it! Our first adapted music & dance class, “MOVE & GROOVE,” was a success. Over the course of 7 weeks, 6 teens of all abilities came together to make move & groove culminating in a final performance “Dancing through the Decades” for their friends & family.
Here’s how we did it:
We had so much fun teaching this class, that we’re going to do it again next year!
The class will be on Thursdays 5:45-6:30pm January 11-February 22.
Check the HCER website later this year to register.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with our MOVE & GROOVE class, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. No dance experience necessary.
Welcome to “The Final Countdown: Internship Edition Part 1.” This is the spot where you can exclusively find my personal experiences, tips, and tricks towards the internship process. Although everyone’s internship journey is different, this blog series will highlight my final countdown as an intern at the Groovy Garfoose, which brings me one step closer to becoming an MT-BC! Whether you’re looking to become a music therapy student, currently searching for your perfect internship site, or just curious about the Groovy Garfoose internship program, this page is for you! Thanks for reading, Bri!
WHERE TO BEGIN? THE POWER OF OBSERVATION
As music therapists in training, we learn a lot about the power of observation. It is not only a prominent skill to have in the field of music therapy, but also throughout life. In class, we are taught how to apply this learned skill toward client goals. But, how can we use observing to enhance our search for an internship?
I would confidently say observing the Groovy Garfoose in action led to the decision that it was the perfect internship site for me. I understand that reaching out to a potential boss is SCARY, but putting yourself out there will actually answer a lot of questions you have before sending out an application or getting a call for an interview. When I observed the GG, I LOVED how my approach to therapy was similar to everyone that worked there, I was in AWE by the rapport they created with their clients and their families, and I RESPECTED how versatile sessions were to fit each individual, no matter how busy the day was. These are just a few things I would have never learned without observing the therapists at Groovy Garfoose before applying for the internship.
What I loved most about observing was that it allowed me to get comfortable with potential internship including bosses, supervisors, clients, facilities, etc without having to commit to said internship. I was encouraged to observe once, twice, even four times to get an idea of what music therapy services were like, what they have to offer, and whether I would be a potential good fit as an intern!
Which brings me to another benefit of observing: you get a chance to show why you would be the perfect fit for the internship. Observing lets the director put a face to the name on the application, lets them see how you interact with clients and family members, and gives you a chance to be yourself around wonderful therapists that you can learn from. Even if the place you observe isn’t the best fit for you, that observation could turn out to be a helpful learning experience that you can take with you on your internship journey!
Boo! It’s time for us to share some of our favorite Halloween songs and interventions with all of you. These can all be adapted across population, but keep in mind age-appropriateness, abilities, and preferences of the group!
The Addams Family – Use the theme song from the spooky TV show to address cognitive skills, such as attention and impulse control.
If You’re Spooky & You Know It – This is the name of a singable story, but I have also found it adapts well across ages for motor skills
Hope you enjoy these Halloween Interventions.
As a bonus, here are some of our favorite Halloween songs. How will YOU use them in a session?
Thriller, Monster Mash, Witch Doctor, Ghostbusters, Purple People Eater, Time Warp, Love Potion #9, Little Drop of Poison, I Put a Spell on You, Charlie Brown theme, The Munsters, Abracadabra.
Earlier this month, Bonnie and Ellen went on a self-care retreat in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Here’s what we learned!
Self-care is caring for your own needs in each moment to help care for your best self. Why is it important for a music therapist to practice self-care? Here are some highlights from our retreat.
Self-Care is not a reward
Sometimes we feel once we’ve accomplished all our goals for the day, then you can indulge in caring for yourself. This assumption is a myth, and can actually be detrimental to our mental health and how we accomplish the tasks throughout the day. For music therapists, this can mean how we best serve our clients.
Self-Care is a daily occurrence
While getting your nails done, or going out to dinner with a friend is fun and rewarding, it may require some extra support to truly care for yourself. Creating a daily routine like journaling, exercise, or even taking a deep breath are all ways to care for yourself on a daily basis.
Self-Care is unique
Not everyone’s self-care is the same. Nor should it be! Taking time to examine your personal needs. Just like everyone human on earth is different, so is everyone’s version of self-care. Take some time to think, and even write down, what YOU need to care for yourself.
Do you have self-care practices in place now? We’d love to learn from you and how you best care for your amazing self!
Happy Fall! As we begin a new season, school is starting, leaves are falling, and I’m ready to share some of my favorite fall-theme intervention ideas with you.
Movement interventions are some of my favorite. Music paired with movement primes the brain and body to work together to move & groove.
September by Earth, Wind, & Fire is song with a strong steady beat to engage clients.
Music therapy in a group setting provides a natural opportunity to practice social skills.
Changes by David Bowie is a great song to use in the fall, as leaves change color.
Enjoy the fall, embrace the changes, and enjoy intentional fall music-making!
This summer, we are leading music therapy & enrichment groups surrounding the theme of “The Elements.” Each week we are sharing interventions & experiences that utilize songs that mention Earth, Wind, Fire, & Water.
We just finished a successful first week, and wanted to share an “Earth” intervention that exercises motor, social, and cognitive skills.
Carole King’s hit I Feel The Earth Move is a great song to piggyback. Paired with each group member playing maracas, I played a live version with these lyrics:
I feel the earth move under my feet,
I feel the sky tumbling down
Play the maraca under your feet
Play it all around
I then asked different group members to choose how they wanted to play, to practice choice-making and promote creativity & leadership. Instead of under their feet, they chose fast, slow, around, etc.
Other songs we used this week were “I’d Like to Teach the World To Sing,” “We Are the World,” and “What a Wonderful World.”
Stay tuned to hear about our favorite “Air” interventions on the next blog post.
Summer is a time for fun and playing lots of games outside with friends and family. I like to bring that fun spirit into my music therapy sessions with a game of musical pictionary.
Musical pictionary can be used with a variety of populations and exercises cognitive skills and memory, as well as communication and social skills. I encourage music therapy groups to work together as a team to figure out what song the picture is trying to convey. Best of all, musical pictionary can be adapted to a broad age range of clients, ethnicities and preferences.
Here are two musical pictionary boards I used with a group of 8-10 seniors with varying stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Can you guess what songs they are?
This first one was a number #1 hit in the summer of 1955
This next one was a number #1 hit in the summer of 1958
Pro tip: Musical Pictionary works best when the title of the songs are concrete concepts and 5 words or less. I hope this inspires you to have a fun summer using musical games!
Music therapy is a beneficial choice for individuals with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.
Music is processed all of the brain and can be be a motivator that transcends regular ability. Have you ever been listening to music and then notice you’re tapping your foot? Music therapists use this phenomenon to assist children and adults with physical limitations improve their motor skills.
Below are pictures (shared with permission) of how a music therapist uses specific interventions to improve motor skills paired with cognitive and communication goals as well.
Music therapy can increase quality of life by providing music experiences to help ALL clients be successful, have autonomy, and increase quality of life.
I really enjoy piggyback songwriting when helping clients reach their goals. One of my favorites is teaching emotions through the pop song “I Got a Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.
You can play this as a game with feeling flashcards, or just by singing through the song and filling in the end of the phrase. Here’s my version!
I got a feeling, when stomp my feet
When my face gets red
When I cross my arms , I’m feeling mad
I got a feeling, when everything is alright
When nothing’s going wrong
When nothing’s bothering me, I’m feeling fine
I got a feeling, when I start to yawn
When my eyes start to close
When I want to lie down, I’m feeling sleepy
I got a feeling, when I want to jump up and down
When I can’t stop smiling
When I think something’s really cool, I’m feeling excited
I got a feeling, when I want to frown
When something’s got me down
When I feel like I could cry, I’m feeling sad
I got a feeling, that when I want to smile
When I’m with the people I like
When I like what I do, I feel happy
I got a feeling, when I’m by myself
When no one is with me
Yes I got a feeling, I’m feeling lonely.
I got a feeling, that I can do anything
When I solved a problem
When I help a friend, I feel strong.
Can you think of any other emotions? Leave us a comment with your own verse!