It is no secret that I love leading intergenerational groups of preschoolers and older adults. The interactions that often occur are beautiful to witness. Using music with such a group makes it all the better!
For those interested in starting such a group I would recommend looking at “Musical Bridges” by Joan Shaw & Carna Manthey. (You can locate this resource on my “Fun Things to Buy” listed under Misc.) Published in 1996, this book presents twenty-five themed events. Benefits to participants nd preparation for sessions open the book. Sessions include the following:
- opening song
- musical warm up
- interactive songs or activities
- cool down
For those who desire assistance in establishing such a program, consider contact a music therapist in your area. For those in the Hays, KS area, please feel free to contact me if you would like to establish such a program at your facility.