Seasonal and Drumming Session Starters

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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Showers of Songs Session Starter

Rain showers are tied to spring in many parts of the US. It is also a fun seasonal session to lead. Here is a starter plan for you to use. Supplies: Recordings, speaker, guitar, rainstick, shakers, ocean drum, frog rasps, thunder tube Shower and rain songs Sing some...

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Spring Forth

As buds and flowers spring forth, let them inspire a session. Ideas include movement/instrument play, songs to sing and name. Supplies: Rhythm sticks for all, (canary or gobble sticks are also an option), instrument to play. Introduction Following your hello/greeting...

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40+ Songs for Valentine’s Day

There are so many wonderful ways to approach music and Valentine's Day. This is a starter list of 40+ favorites to sing. They are in no particular order.  Let your imagination run wild.  Add movement, instrument play, write the song titles on hearts to be drawn,.......

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A Presidential Love Session Plan

President's Day with a Valentine's twist is a change from the norm. Here is a presidential love session plan that is easy to update, change and use year after year. Supplies: Recording of Marches, speaker, guitar or other instrument to accompany singing. Looking for...

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Holiday Senses

All our senses can be touched during the holiday season. The smell and taste of seasonal foods, the sounds of songs and shoppers, the feel of various items and the sight of seasonal displays. Inspired by Joan Shaw's The Joy of Music in Maturity...

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Fall apple session materials

Fall has long been my favorite season. The smell of hot apple cider on a cool evening is a welcome treat. They are eaten fresh, baked, placed in a pie, or smothered with caramel. So bring on the fall apple fun. [soundcloud...

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Back to School

When children head back to school, changes happen in our lives whether or not we have children. Leading up to the school year, there are many special sales.  Over the years some aspects of school have remained constant while others have changed. Use this theme to...

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Kathy Quain: RPM your drum circles

I interviewed Founder of Music for Therapy and Pacific Drum Circles Kathy Quain, MME, MT-BC and hope you will glean some of her goodness from these words. If you EVER have a chance to enjoy consultation with her or attend one of her presentations, DO!!! Be sure and...

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Eggs-actly as you like it

Whether you celebrate Passover or Easter, eggs are a part of the observance. Plastic eggs to stuff, chocolate eggs, chalk eggs, eggs to dye, egg rolls, egg tosses, eggs to eat. Eggs, eggs, eggs! With eggs all around you can add them to your sessions exeggs-actly as...

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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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Sweet Music

Every noticed how important food is to those in eldercare? Some of the conversation is about how it tastes, how much/little they are served, or how it seems all they do is eat.   Think of all the memories around food. Add to that the memories that surface around our...

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