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1 Music Therapy – Keeping the Beat Alive!
Matt Whitaker Music Therapist

2 Who am I? Lifelong music lover Attended UGA Guitarist
Interned at Wesley Woods Hospital Activity Therapist at Budd Terrace Active person Research

3 Music Therapy Definition
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. "On this day, I was playing the patient. An intensive, exhaustive seven-hour schedule was presented, full of physical therapy, speech, recreational, occupational and my personal favorite – music therapy."- Dr. Sanjay Gupta

4 What is Music Therapy/Why Music?
Music is multi-modal Music appeals to the emotions, it can calm or provoke Music provides structure Music MAY lift someones mood Music can distract or divert attention Music is reality orienting (makes you aware of your surroundings)

5 Purpose of Providing Music
Encourage social interaction Enhance awareness Encourage exercise Sensory stimulation Memory stimulation Encourages emotional bonding Enhances the gestalt Lifts staff spirits Provides inter-generational interaction

6 Types of Music (Major Genres)
Jazz Classical Folk Country World Religious Rock Blues R&B

7 What kind of music? There is no one music that is more or less effective than any other Personal preference is most important Music that was popular during resident's formative years, ages is most effective No one client is the same Our music is changing (younger residents, rehab floors, broader range of choices)

8 Accentuation/Diminution
Any activity should follow a bell curve There should be a steady rise and fall in tempo and volume An activity can be as short as a song, as long as an hour An activity can be individualized or group Activities can focus on group or individual goals Does not have to be a “scheduled” activity Music can be inserted into other activities

9 Activity Groupings Alzheimer's Disease Hospice Patients
CVA/Stroke/Traumatic Brain Injury High Blood Pressure Congestive Heart Failure Developmental Disabilities Long Term Residents (encouraging a home-like atmosphere) Rehab Patients!!!

10 Alzheimer's Disease Play familiar songs to increase reality orientation Provide comfort during stressful situations Redirect wandering Music can provide structure during daily activities such as mealtimes:use seasonally and time appropriate songs Music can also decrease stress and unpleasant sensory experiences during bathing

11 Activities Name that tune Complete the rhyme Old fashioned sing along
Walk and hum Rhythmic chant (Melodic Intonation Therapy) Rise and Shine

12 Hospice Patients Play soft, soothing music to promote awareness
Use familiar music to assist with disease transition Sing to patients (sometimes that's easier than talking) Make “Lifesong” mix cd's for families to help address closure Write and record a “Lifesong” with patient The last sense to go is...

13 Neuro/CVA/Stroke/TBI
"I regard music therapy as a tool of great power in many neurological disorders -- Parkinson's and Alzheimer's -- because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged." -Oliver Sacks Music can assist with entrainment (Gabby Gifford) Music can structure exercise/rehab Familiar music can stimulate memory Provides sensory stimulation

14 Strategies for Rehab Patients
Provide co-treatment with rehab therapies (OT,PT, SLP) Use music as a rapport building tool Use newer music (no more “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”) Introduce adaptive dance groups Bring in live music Use contract music therapists in rehab setting Make therapy an exciting part of YOUR program, not THEIRS

15 Rehab Activities “Moovin' and Groovin'” Drum circles
Patient recitals (when you have one, use them!) Hummmmble Advertise what recorded music will be playing at certain times (golden oldies, jazz night) Insert musical preferences to your interviews and follow through Make a fool of yourself!

16 High Blood Pressure/Congestive Heart Failure
Familiar music can calm patients and lower blood pressure Music can also provide comfort during times of distress Singing can increase lung function Music provides structure for breathing Music and imagery can change perception of surroundings

17 Home-like Atmosphere Play music during social times
Have preferred music in resident's room to create a personalized environment Music in common areas should be used sparingly, do not ruin its novelty Use live music whenever possible Do not use music if it is not preferred Come up with musical themes

18 Ways to Provide Music Live music Recorded music Music Therapists
Music Practitioners Lay performers Residents Recorded music CDs Radio Loaded mp3 player from family Mp3 players for checkout Music DVD's

19 My Groups Movement to Music Sing Along Devotional Name That Tune
“Genre” Bag Toss Socials Service League Rise and Shine Music History/Music and Reading


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