There are times it is appropriate to inject a little levity in your music therapy sessions.April Fool’s Day is a wonderful reminder to add humor. Need a little encouragement to add laughter to your life and work? Check out this video on WEbMD. With benefits of blood flow, boosting the levels of immune cells, helping lower blood sugar, and sharing a positive social experience, laughter should have a role in our sessions.
How to inject levity?
Go with the flow
Our clients may add a few laughter producing moments. Support the proper sharing of:
- silly actions (We’ve all had that client who plays the paddle drum by tapping it to the top of their head.)
- “funny” expressions
Add some smile producing instruments
Slide whistles, kazoos, homemade lion’s roars, whoopee cushions… Things that are outside the normal guitar, piano drums that bring out ones playful side may help loosen the funny bone.
Sing silly songs.
The playlist at the bottom has these favorite, familiar silly songs:
- Mairzy Doats
- Boom, Boom Ain’t It Great to be Crazy
- Second Story Window
- You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd
- Sweet Violets
- John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
- Mama Don’t Allow (Personalize this one to the setting. In place of Mama, use the name of the administrator or other staff member.)
- I Love to Laugh
Singing scat can add opportunities for silliness. In the playlist you’ll see an example with Rex Harrison and Louis Armstrong. One way to bring this to your session is using Kathy Schumacher’s Silly Nilly Song for teaching rhyming. While child focused, I know adults also enjoy creating rhymes. Give it a try!