Involving Senior Citizens in Group Music Therapy

Involving Senior Citizens in Group Music Therapy

By: Joseph Pinson (author)Paperback

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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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About Author

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.


Preface. 1. Overview of the Senior Population. 2. Assessment, Goals and Objectives. 3. Current Music Therapy Interventions. 4. An Improved Plan of Intervention. 5. The Welcome Song. 6. Structured Motor Strategy. 7. The Question/Answer Song. 8. The Closing Song. 9. Composing Your Own Songs. 10. Including the Fun Factor. 11. Self-Assessment and Conclusion. Appendix: Musical Examples of Songs Discussed in the Text. References. Bibliography. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/12/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781849058964
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781849058964
  • weight: 371
  • ISBN10: 1849058962

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