Happy November! Read this blog post to see how we’re intentionally using the music of the season to implement customized, meaningful music therapy interventions with our individual and group clients.
Goals: Motor Skills, Mirroring
Materials: Recording, Amplification
Song: Turkey Trot
Implementation: Pair different movements to each verse of the song for group members to mirror and engage in the rhythm and joy of this song! Movements can include marching feet, tapping toes, shimmying shoulders, and flapping your arms like a turkey.
Goals: Self-Expression, Socialization
Materials: Guitar, Whiteboard, Marker
Song: I Thank You
Implementation: Fill in the blanks to a new version of this song. Ask group members what they are thankful for and sing together. Prompting them to sing “I Thank You” each time. Provide a choice board to add an extra layer of assistance so all group members can participate.
Instrument Playing Intervention
Goals: Following directions, comprehension, motor movement
Materials: Rhythm Sticks, Guitar
Song: Turkey in the Straw
Implementation: Use this folk song parody to lead group members to tap to the beat, as well as in the many different ways this re-write prompts.