It’s July, and we are officially planning patriotic session plans. Music therapy sessions can address several different domain areas all in one session plan. Below is a session plan we have used with our older adults in memory care and adult day centers. 

This Land is Your Land

Goal Area(s): Communication, Reminiscence, Self-Expression

Intervention Type: Songwriting

Protocol: Use this template to fill in the blanks by asking group members their favorite place to travel in the USA. 

This land is your land

This land is my land

From _________ to _________

From _________ to _________

This land was made for you and me


God Bless the USA

Goal Area(s): Cognitive Stimulation, Fine Motor Skills, Creative Self-Expression

Intervention Type: Active Music Making

Protocol: While playing a recording of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” pass out tone bars, boomwackers, and push bells that fit into the F pentatonic scale (F,G,A,C,D). Engage group members to play their instrument when they feel inspired, because there will never be a “wrong note” with this special scale.


America the Beautiful

Goal Area: Fine Motor Skills, Self-Esteem, Positive One-on-one social engagement

Intervention Type: Playing the Q-Chord

Protocol: Play the chords to this song on the Q-Chord while group members individually strum, either independently or providing hand-over-hand assistance to strum at their own pace. 


Name that Military Tune 

Goal Area: Cognitive Stimulation, Positive Social Interaction

Intervention Type: Game

Protocol: Play or hum a live version of each branch of the military’s song and have group members identify the tune and which branch!


You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag

Goal Area: Gross Motor Skills

Intervention Type: Movement

Protocol: Play a recording to “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag” and prompt group members to wave their flag to the beat of the song. They can mimic movements such as up & down, side to side, etc. 


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