If you’re wondering what a virtual music therapy session might entail, search no further! Just as before, our clients participate by singing, dancing, playing instruments, writing songs, relating songs back to their personal experiences, and listening to music.
For more, check out this session reenactment, designed to connect Brenda*, a 77 year old woman isolated in a memory care home in Portland, and her daughter Madison who lives on the east coast.
Riley, board certified music therapist, initiates the call. Brenda calls in with staff assistance and her daughter Madison joins from her home. They smile and wave at each other and jump right into “Oh! What a Beautiful Morning.” During the song, Riley asks what makes each of their mornings ‘beautiful,’ with Brenda describing ‘the flowers outside,’ and Madison sharing a picture of her garden.
The group keeps warming up by singing a few classics: “Sentimental Journey” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Madison grabs a tin can to ‘drum along’ while Brenda dances to her beat!
They sing “Home on the Range” and Madison talks about growing up in spacious coastal Oregon. The family fondly reminisces about their vacations along the coast flying kites, swimming in the cold water, and building sand castles. With Riley’s facilitation, they compile their memories into an original song called “Sweet Days With You.”
Madison asks for a copy of the song and Riley notes to send her the lyrics and a recording later that day. The session wraps up with a few deep breaths of gratitude. Brenda and her daughter share about their plans for the rest of the day and set up a time to listen to the recording together later on in the week.
*All names and anecdotes are fictional.