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What Instruments Do Music Therapists Play?

“How many instruments do you play??”

That’s a question I hear on a regular basis, usually from a shocked healthcare provider or family member after I break out my oboe or mini-marimba in a music therapy session. 404 more words

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5 Songs for Springtime

In honor of this season, I have five songs to recommend adding to your bag of tricks if they aren’t already there. Add these songs to your “Springtime” playlist, use them to spark conversations with individuals or small groups, or integrate them into large group activities: 272 more words

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A smile from a spinal TB patient

World TB Day (24th March):

What do you think about when you are fatigued? You might probably push yourself to go on till you can and then decide to take a break. 972 more words


What Song Was #1 On This Day 50 Years Ago?


I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles

This song was a hit at the very beginning of Beatlemania in the U.S.

People of all ages will remember this song, but keep in mind that folks in their 60s were teens when this came out, while people in their 80s were probably the parents of those Beatles-loving teens. 38 more words

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5 Ways Music Makes Your Life Better

You can probably identify with the idea that music can make you feel better.

It’s pretty natural for us as human beings to seek out music for joy and pleasure and beauty. 566 more words

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What Song Was #1 On This Day 60 Years Ago?


Secret Love by Doris Day

For people in their 70s now, there’s a good chance they heard this one at dances when they were teens! 46 more words

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Song Spotlight: "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"

I work in eldercare settings, but that doesn’t mean all of my clients love Frank Sinatra and Hank Williams. In fact recently, I’ve been learning a bunch of of songs from the 1970s, so I can have new ways to connect musically with people in their 50s and 60s, who might be caring for loved ones in their 80s and 90s or on hospice or long-term care services themselves. 696 more words

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