Intergenerational Session Starters

Cat theme

Cats – I’ve only owned one in my life. Her name was “Andy”. I adopted her when I was in first grade from a farm. She lived in our basement where my dad had his office in a corner of the basement. The window over his desk was Andy’s favorite. She often sent his papers...

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Pizza Session Starter

Pizza (session) is served. Try these ideas add this mealtime favorite to a music session. You'll find materials for both intergenerational and senior living sessions. YouTube links are currently live for each song title but may go down without warning. Codes for using...

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Train Travel Session Starter

While train travel has changed greatly over the years, the allure of the train seems to stay for the young and those not in a rush. Given this appeal, you'll find a mix of ideas with those specific to intergenerational session marked IG and those specific to a...

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Days of the Week – An IG Session Plan

Preschoolers and older adults have a lot in common when it comes to days of the week. Days aren't necessarily distinguished as Sunday of Wednesday. They tend to be more defined by what is happening. "Today is bingo." "Today I go see the grandfriends." Singing about...

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Gifts of the Season

Here is a special gift for you as a Session Cafe Quick Sip subscriber. Many of you have asked for a holiday program plan to be presented by senior living residents. Some have asked about a program by your intergenerational group. The theme is "Gifts of the Season". In...

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Picnic theme starter

A picnic can be simple or complex. It can be romantic or a friend and family event. This session plan is for senior living with optional materials to make it intergenerational (IG). Supplies: iPod/mp3 player and speaker instrument for accompanying singing picnic...

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Sharing Senses – An Intergenerational Starter

Exploring senses in an intergenerational group can open the group to interesting shares. It can lead to fun conversations of food preferences, favorite smells, and so much more. Be sure and check allergies especially if you include the identifying by smell. Supplies...

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Bugs! – An Intergenerational session starter

Bugs and spider songs are some favorites of children. Even grandfriends still enjoy classics including "Itsy Bitsy Spider".  This session is a modification of the Spiders, Snakes and Insects session found in "Sparking Lives with Themes and Music." Supplies: Speaker,...

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Catch the beat – Intergenerational Session

Catching a beat is better than catching a cold. In fact, it is a ton of fun.  The materials make for a good single session or two consecutive sessions. This rhythm filled intergenerational session includes making drums, rhymes, chants and lots of fun. Supplies:  You...

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Pirate Theme for Intergenerational Fun

Gather ye mates of all ages onto a pirate ship. Sail the oceans that transform in moments from calm to stormy. It allows you to: Explore colors Learn parts of the ship Count ships, pirates and fish Hunt for gold coins Have a great excuse for saying "Arrrrr". Of all...

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An Icy Intergenerational Session Plan

Inspired by winter and the Disney movie "Frozen", this icy session plan is filled with laughter and fun for all. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/238006951?secret_token=s-TO1RH"...

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Around the World – An intergenerational session plan

Hays, Kansas is steeped in Volga-German heritage. The university and medical community draw other world cultures into the community. "Around the World" allowed all ages to explore geography while touching on our individual similarities and  differences in this...

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Sips of Intergenerational Work: Becky Watson

Becky Watson, MBA, MT-BC and I have many common interests. One of them is intergenerational work. Becky is the owner of  Music for Wellness, LLC  which provides empowering and engaging music therapy sessions for older adults, care partners and health care...

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Let’s Sing Together – An Intergenerational Session

Getting people singing and making music together is a part of our work. Getting an intergenerational group singing is fun work when you have the right songs. This session is inspired by the Peter Yarrow book "Let's Sing Together!". (Affiliate link) With a few...

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Sips of Intergenerational Work: Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk

My profession has allowed me to rub elbows with some amazing people. This interview is with one of them. Dr. Wlodarczyk is the Director of Music Therapy at Drury University in Springfield, MO, where she conducts the "Drury Intergenerational Rock Band" which pairs...

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Sips of Intergenerational work: Marcie M. Jones

Social media has connected me with others passionate about intergenerational work and lives. Marcie Jones is one example. Marcie is the co-founder of Gentog, an intergenerational daycare program located in Tigard, Oregon.  Marcie has written two children’s books that...

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What are you wearing? (IG)

Sometimes a session plan is a LONG time in the making. This one took about 35 years. I learned the song "What are Your Wearing?" the first day of my first music therapy class in college. (Yeah, I'm that old.) From time to time I've pulled it out to use with...

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Support materials for Cooking-up your IG group

Parent letter for an IG group For each series I have an information sheet for the parents. Print it on letterhead. Items to include: Title of the session, dates and times. A ways for parents to contact you if they have questions or concerns. Highlights of concepts or...

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IG Part 3 – Setting out the spread

After looking at your recipe, what it called for, who to approach, what fees to charge, and other needs such as transportation, it is time to set out your intergenerational spread. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urOp3SjwVw0 The tool I use to text message last-minute...

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IG Part 2 – Preparing to cook

In this episode we are taking your ingredients and your starter group recipe as we prepare to cook-up your IG group. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCHwJ0jhOFU General IG Resources The Intergenerational Center at Temple University Penn State Extension...

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IG Part 1 – What are the ingredients?

Participants are invited to be part of the Facebook Music Sparks Community Forum where we share recipes. Review the recording below. http://youtu.be/dxIJoZS18Fw Answer these questions in the comments below or in the Facebook group: For what type of IG recipe are you...

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Whole New Kind of Crazy

Hold a sing-along for April Fool's Day or any other day a laugh is needed. The main focus is an intergenerational group of school aged with seniors.   [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188478474?secret_token=s-UN1NQ"...

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That’s Amore

Sharing a taste of Italy can involve music, food, art, movies and more. Rather than breaking this down between older adults and intergenerational groups, I indicated suggested population indicated with "I/A" for intergenerational groups or any age group and "S" for...

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