April showers, bring lots of spring-themed music therapy interventions. Check out some of our favorite ways to incorporate a spring theme into music therapy sessions.
Create a Thunderstorm
Try creating a thunderstorm indoors using instruments and body percussion to to mimic the sound of rain (finger snapping) and thunder claps (hand clapping). If you’re leading a group, give members different instruments and have them follow your cues to get loud and soft, depending on how intense your storm gets. If you’re with an individual, try working together to create a specific order of instruments to create a unique and personal thunder storm. You can also put music in the background to support the storm. Ideas include: “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt, and “Singin’ in the Rain” by Gene Kelly.
You Are My …
You are My Sunshine is a traditional song that is accessible across ages and populations – which is what makes it so great for songwriting. Rewrite this song with other things, besides sunshine, we see in the spring. For some populations, you could have them answer spontaneously or provide a choice sheet.
You are my ________, my only __________
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You’ll never know dear how much I love you
Please don’t take my __________ away.