Archive for Music Therapy

Drum Fun! – Musical Games for Groups iPad version

The games that you have come to love and use are now available in an iPad version. Musical Games These are a collection of rhythm and drumming games that can be played with or without instruments. Groups of all kinds can enjoy these games and their variations. Who uses musical games? Music Teachers Music Therapists […]

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Therapeutic Music Making

What is Therapeutic Music? Therapeutic music is any music or sound form that is used purposefully and skillfully to create a desired change in a person’s physical, emotional, or cognitive state. In short, it is music that helps people create positive change. What is Therapeutic Music Making? Therapeutic music making is the act of creating […]

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PASIC 2013

Greetings Everyone! If you were at my PASIC session, Music for Persons with Special Needs, you can see the session presentation notes and watch all the videos on THIS PAGE. Just enter the code for access and enjoy! You;ll need to ‘join’ this site, which is FREE and only takes a minute. Joining gets you […]

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Musical Facilitation Techniques

Would you like to improve your ability to facilitate community music making? Perhaps you facilitate drum circles or you are a music teacher or music therapist who works with groups. Depending on the types of services you offer and your personal musical skills, you might use these techniques for various reasons. One major benefit of […]

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Drumming with Persons with Special Needs

There’s been a lot of talk about the health benefits of drumming. From studies in group drumming as a social tool to the science of brain rhythms, drumming has caught the eye of many who work in (or want to work in) health care settings. This article looks at some of the current trends and […]

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Leading Group Improvisation Experiences

Getting Started This article is an excerpt from the Book, The Way of Music. “What should we play?” “How do we begin?” By now, I hope that the answers to these questions will seem fairly obvious to you. If not, I suggest that you begin by simply making a sound – any sound! Remember: Improvisation […]

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To You – Much Aloha

This is an adaptation of a Hawaiian songs called “Pupu Hinuhinu.” The original song was written by Nona Beamer in the Hawaiian language (1950). It talks about a little shiny shell found at the seashore and is often used as a lullaby. I created these English lyrics for the verse for use as an appreciation […]

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The Laughing Song

This is a song I wrote during a Laughter Yoga Teacher training. It invites participants to laugh in different voices and can prompt creative thinking, rhyming, silliness, and laughter! Laughter has many benefits, including socializing, boosting energy, releasing ‘feel-good’ hormones, increasing breath support and oxygen, and lowering social blocks & phobias. Hurray! The Laughing Song DCM […]

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I Had a Little Rooster

This is a fun song that encourages participants to imitate animal sounds and challenge their memories while having a great time. It’s a folk song that you can teach quickly (while it’s happening) and sing with or without instrumental accompaniment. It promotes thinking, silliness, and laughter! Hurray! I Had a Rooster DCM is sponsored by: […]

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The Never-Ending Song

This is a very simple song that I wrote in Hawaii! It can be used as a way to open up dialogue, ask for help, give help, and discuss relationships, both intra- and interpersonal. Use it in music therapy or within recreational music settings to elicit sharing and feelings of community. Enjoy! The Never-Ending Song […]

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