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Profitable Inventive Arts Remedy Collaborations – Half 1


Over the previous few years, as I’ve expanded the age teams I’ve labored with and the number of settings I’ve labored in, I’ve discovered increasingly methods to include different inventive arts into my music remedy periods.

I started my profession working at United Group Choices (UCO) Miami, the place I collaborated with speech, occupational, and bodily therapists.

This supplied me with a improbable basis and helped me clearly see how I may use a musical expertise to work on a non-musical purpose – like rising expressive language or bettering high quality motor expertise.

However, I by no means had the chance to collaborate with different inventive arts therapies till I started my personal follow.

At this time I’m beginning a 3 half collection on the Inventive Arts.

In Half 1, I’ll begin by sharing how I incorporate inventive arts experiences, like dance and artwork, into my music remedy periods.

I received the thought to share these inventive arts concepts whereas pretending to surf with a gaggle of younger adults with disabilities as we listened to “Surfin’ Safari” by the Seashore Boys (not a nasty approach to spend a morning!)

In Half 2 and three, I’ll share how I’ve been collaborating and co-treating with artists of all disciplines in a brand new program for highschool college students with autism known as Therapeutic Arts.

Let’s get began! Listed below are another methods I incorporate dance and motion into my music remedy periods:

Within the put up, Summer season Session Concepts for Center Schoolers & Teenagers, I share two concepts for including motion right into a Hawaiian/Seashore-themed session. The primary is physique percussion to the tune “Summer season Vibes” by Stroll Off The Earth (this tune is assured to place you within the temper to go the seashore!) and the second is hula dancing to conventional Hawaiian music.

Fourth of July – In our periods based mostly on this vacation theme, we march to every kind of patriotic songs. Every part out of your conventional instrumental variations of the songs to a steel model of “Yankee Doodle” that I discovered on YouTube (test it out for your self!)

Within the put up, Thanksgiving Music Remedy Concepts for Center & Excessive Schoolers, I write about how we dance to “Cotton Eyed Joe” (you realize, the one from the 90s) and “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus to include some nation line dancing into our bluegrass/harvest-themed session.

Inventive Interpretations – For this musical expertise, I pull up quite a lot of orchestral items and invite purchasers to easily transfer the best way the music sounds, or transfer the best way the music makes their physique wish to transfer. All interpretations welcome. I decide quite a lot of items that sound totally different, like “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Nutcracker March,” “Can Can,” “William Inform Overture” and “Swan” from Carnival of the Animals.

Listed below are some methods I’ve included arts experiences into my music remedy periods:

Within the put up, Combining Music & Artwork: A Hawaiian Theme for Elementary College students, I write about how I play conventional Hawaiian music whereas exhibiting rotating photos of Hawaii on a giant display screen. College students are invited to attract an image of Hawaii, or what they suppose is being depicted within the music.

Planet/Outer House Artwork – In a session based mostly on this theme, college students take heed to “The Planets Suite” by Gustav Holst and are invited to attract planet/outer house paintings. We use darkish blue or black paper and chalk to create the sensation of being deep in outer house.

Within the put up, Amp Up Your Teen Classes: Finest Day of My Life, I write a few musical expertise the place I sing “Finest Day of My Life” by the American Authors with my teen purchasers after which invite them to attract an image of the perfect day of their life. In the event that they really feel comfy, they’ll share their paintings and about their day with the remainder of the group.

What I Am – That is one in every of my favorites as a result of it’s nice for empowerment and shallowness. Purchasers sing the tune “What I Am” by Will.I.Am together with me. They’re then invited to consider not less than one constructive high quality about themselves and create paintings across the phrase. They’ll write the phrase on their paper and embellish round it with coloured pencils or pastels, they’ll lower out letters and photos from {a magazine}, or they’ll use different inventive mediums to create paintings across the constructive phrase that describes them.

Every of those musical experiences provides the chance for college kids to be launched to all kinds of music whereas additionally having the possibility to precise themselves artistically.

There are such a lot of extra concepts I wish to share right here, however I don’t wish to overwhelm you!

In the event you haven’t achieved so already, I’d encourage you to see how one can incorporate dance or arts experiences into your music remedy periods, whatever the age or inhabitants with whom you’re employed.

Subsequent time on the weblog, I’ll be sharing concerning the Therapeutic Arts Program I facilitated for a highschool autistic help classroom right here in Pennsylvania.

I had the chance to collaborate with painters, fiber artists, yoga instructors, theatre instructors, and artistic writers.

This was a tremendous program that STRETCHED me creatively! I’ll be sharing a lot of our profitable arts experiences right here on the weblog, so you’ll want to keep tuned for it.

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