Engaging Seniors through Musical Improvisation 3 Payment Plan

$64.00 / month for 3 month

Self-Study. Learn more ways to use Musical Improvisation to encourage nonverbal self-expression, build self-esteem and communication skills. Can apply to other populations. 7 credits

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Self Study

Sally Bonkrude MA, LPC, MT-BC

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Course Description

“Engaging Seniors Through Musical Improvisation” will cover ways to build trust and rapport through musical explorations. You will leave this training with ways to make and find instruments, plus know the best instruments to purchase, including Orff instruments. You will learn how to use Orff instruments with seniors to create musical improvisations to reduce stress, release frustrations, create a feeling of celebration and to tell a story.

Learn how to encourage self expression, plus improve self-esteem and communication skills. Finally, enjoy learning five ways to integrate movement into your music sessions for clients at different levels of mobility.

Here’s What People are Saying:

“This class provided practical examples of improvisation which could be applied to clinical work. I also liked that it gave me information about how to practice improvisation..”  Akiko N.

“One thing I learned in this course is how to adapt some interventions for adults with dementia. For example, using simpler emotion words/cards that would be recognized while improvising on percussive instruments.. I loved the positive energy and enthusiasm of the presenter..”  Charles R.

“There are several interventions I plan to incorporate into my “bag of tricks” — a variety of scarves, colorful pictures cut from magazines or calendars, a pair of drumsticks to create sounds anywhere. These will be especially useful with dementia clients.”  Linda R.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how to create goals and objectives for seniors. I D6
Instruments to purchase, find or make for music therapy
Explore the ipad for instruments to use in improvisation
Explore how to use Orff Instruments with seniors
Learn more ways to use Musical Improvisation with Seniors to encourage nonverbal self-expression, build self-esteem and communication skills.
Explore works to integrate movement into your sessions for clients of all levels of mobility



Part 1

30 minutes- Introductions and Overview of Webinar
45 minutes – Working with Goals and Objectives as it relates to improvisation
15 minutes -What is client centered improvisation?
30 minutes -Instruments (purchased and created) plus Instrument iPad apps for Seniors
15 minutes- The Voice in Improvisation
15 minutes -Exploring Orff with Seniors
1 hour – Explore Musical Ways to Build Trust and Rapport
30 minutes- Creating Music for Relaxation
30 minutes- Explore Ways to Integrate Movement into your sessions for clients of all levels of mobility
15 minutes – Wrap up, answer questions and give homework assignment
Self-study homework assignment one hour

Part 2

1 hour -Sharing assignments
15 minutes – Creating a Song of Celebration
10 minutes-Playing emotions
10 minutes -Musical Paper Game
25 minutes- Creating a Song of Celebration
25 minutes -Picture and Art Improvisations
45 minutes -A Musical Story
30 minutes- Resources to explore and share
30 minutes -Wrap up, Questions, Evaluate by feedback form

CBMT Domain areas:

11A Treatment Implementation

I D6 Learn how to create goals and objectives for seniors.

A (a0) self awareness and insight

ap self-esteem

aq sense of self with others

4f Recognize how the following Music therapy treatment approaches and models info clinical practice.



cbmtlogo.pngEngaging Seniors Through Musical Improvisation is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 7 CMTEs-Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The Spiegel Academy, CBMT Approved Provider #P-106, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.


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