Friday 5! Session ideas to help you keep swimming

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Hi there! With April typically being a rainy month, we decided to have a bit of a water theme for this week’s Friday 5. Take a look:   Song Swim by Jack’s Mannequin Intervention Lyric Discussion with Swim Possible Goals: Increase feelings of hope, Explore coping skills, Encourage self-expression Provide printed lyrics and a writing utensil. Play the song (live or recorded) and have your client(s) circle or underline parts that stand out to them or that they relate to. Encourage discussion through questions like: What is the message or theme…

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Friday 5! Rediscover focus and the sounds around us

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Hello music therapy nerds and friends! It’s Friday again! Recharge this weekend with some music, information, and inspiration – this is what we used this week: Song Hey You by Pink Floyd Shared by a client this week. While it has melancholy tone, it also has themes of asking for help. App ThumbJam Electronic, high-quality instrument sounds with a TON of different scales you can use for client solos and songwriting. Especially great for younger clients or those who have limited mobility. Tool OmniFocus This app for getting things done came highly…

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Friday 5! Fingerprints and empowerment

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Happy Friday all! This week we take a look at some of the music and tools we’ve been thankful to have around this week (and in some past weeks too). Take a look and take a listen 🙂 Song I Choose by India.Arie A song with themes of empowerment in making choices. India.Arie is overall just a great artist to find music with positive messages. Resource How to Switch Between Chords Faster Want to feel more confident in your guitar playing? This guide is a good place to start. Tool…

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Friday 5! Laughs for April Fool’s

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Hello and happy Friday! We just realized that tomorrow is April Fools’s Day, so a lot of the ideas here are focused around more “comedic” sessions. (Just think – both comedy and reality orientation in one!)​​ Enjoy some laughs on us. Song Yes! We Have No Bananas Intervention Songwriting Mad Libs Possible Goals: Maintain cognitive processing, mood elevation For April Fools (or a comedy-focused session), have clients think of words for a fill-in-the-blank without knowing the song ahead of time. You’ll need to tell them what kinds of words to brainstorm…

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Friday 5! Raindrops and all of the job shtuffs

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Hey there music friends, Happy Friday and happy spring! We hope you’re off to a good start this season. And without further ado: The Friday Five! Song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head by BJ Thomas Welcome that rainy (or perhaps snowy) spring weather with a good tune. Resource Virtual Job Shadow See music therapy in action (and maybe get some session ideas if you’re already an MT). Website Indeed.com Looking for a job? Need to post one? After looking at the AMTA website and your regional page, try Indeed.com. Literally millions of…

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Friday 5! Build resilience, count on me, and virtual meetings

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We hope you’re enjoying yourself if you’re at a conference this weekend. Here is what we’ve been using this week (in addition to all of the Irish things we’ve been using). If you’re missing a bit of the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, fear not – we’ve included a bonus Irish song at the end. Song Count On Me Themes of friendship and an opportunity for basic counting skills with kids. Guitar Get comfortable playing “Count On Me” with barre chords (or cowboy chords). Tool Google Hangouts A…

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Friday 5! The benefits of failure, session ideas, and St. Patrick’s Day

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Hi there! Happy Friday! Here are some things we’ve been digging this week and wanted to share with you. Feel free to pass it on if you know someone who would be interested in any of the things listed below. Song Molly Malone A classic song that was the inspiration for a statue in Dublin. Intervention Idea (Seniors/Older Adults) Possible Goals: Improve/maintain respiratory functioning (projection, endurance, enunciation), reality orientation (to time of year), reminiscence for increase quality of life The chorus of “Molly Malone” is repetitive and ideal for engaging clients in…

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Friday 5: Conference and feelin’ good

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Happy March! You know what spring means – regional conferences and renewed enthusiasm. We’ve got lots of good learning coming up for ourselves and hopefully that includes you too! Take a look and dive in. Song Feelin’ Good Kick off women’s history month with a bit of Nina Simone Conference Institute Instant Guitar Confidence (p. 10) Going to the WR/WR Joint Conference in Colorado? Our very own Matt Logan is going to be sharing how to play like a pro in several styles. Pop in and say hi! Website Music…

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Friday 5

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Hello music friends, Welcome to the weekend! Here’s what we’ve got for you this Friday: Song Black and White Okay, so we did add this one mostly for fun. You’ll definitely want to watch this video instead of just listening. It’s Hazel Scott playing two pianos. Pretty incredible! Podcast Episode Memory Palace: 101 (Promise) The story of a now-forgotten amazing musician, Hazel Scott. App Guitar Tuna It’s a metronome, it’s a tuner, and it’s free for both apple and Andriod. Website Music Therapy and Mental Health Interventions Stumbled across while…

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