Involving Senior Citizens in Group Music Therapy

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 15, 2012 - Psychology - 144 pages

This practical guide to running music therapy groups with senior citizens provides effective strategies that encourage therapists to be creative and engaging, and involve participants fully in the music-making process.

Ideal for those working with older people in assisted living or nursing care homes, the book covers initial assessment, setting measurable goals, and evaluating progress; discusses current music therapy techniques; and offers an improved plan of intervention. The author explains how to choose or create music that is accessible to this age group, designing strategies that utilize cognitive, motor, social-emotional, and music skills to the fullest. The book provides useful original music and shows readers how to compose their own songs that relate to the experiences of the group they are working with, emphasizing shared common interests and enjoyment in the moment.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Chapter One Overview of the Senior Population
13
Chapter Two Assessment Goals and Objectives
19
Chapter Three Current Music Therapy Interventions
29
Chapter Four An Improved Plan of Intervention
41
Chapter Five The Welcome Song
47
Chapter Six Structured Motor Strategy
57
Chapter Seven The QuestionAnswer Song
63
Chapter Eight The Closing Song
73
Chapter Nine Composing Your Own Songs
79
Chapter Ten Including the Fun Factor
89
Chapter Eleven Selfassessment and Conclusion
97
Appendix
105
References
131
Further Reading
133
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About the author (2012)

Joseph Pinson, MA, MT-BC, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Woman's University where he teaches courses on music therapy. He also provides music therapy services to older people in local facilities on a regular basis. He has degrees in music from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and American University, Washington, District of Columbia. He is a published composer and he is the founding director of the Denton Bell Band, a community-based group whose members are adults with developmental disabilities. He has served as President of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association. In 2009 he received the Community Arts Recognition Award in Arts Education by the Greater Denton Arts Council. He resides in Denton, Texas.

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