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Group Music Activities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


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Acknowledgements. Preface. Music Therapy with Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. How to Use This Book. Activities. 1. Play the Tambourine. 2. Smile and Wave. 3. I Like to Sing. 4. Let's All Play Together. 5. Scarf Dance. 6. I'm In the Mood. 7. Weekend Song. 8. My Sunshine. 9. Triangle Teams. 10. Shaking to the Music Beat. 11. Live Music Relaxation. 12. Shake Up High. 13. Visual Lyric Analysis. 14. Cluster Drumming. 15. Pick A Card: Instruments. 16. Frame Drum Imagination. 17. Heartbeat. 18. Over the Rainbow. 19. I Love.... 20. Old MacDonald Had A Band. 21. Clap Your Hands, One Two Three. 22. I Feel Good. 23. Matching Loud and Soft. 24. Just For Fun. 25. Paint the Air. 26. Howl At the Moon. 27. Twelve Days. 28. Random Duet. 29. Emotion Connection. 30. Stretchy Band Hokey Pokey. 31. Concerto Soloist. 32. Conducting. 33. Guess the Hidden Instrument. 34. How Many Beats? 35. Walkin' Down the Street. 36. Walk Like the Music. 37. Visual CDs. 38. Pick A Card: Feelings. 39. Jump and Jive. 40. Mirroring. 41. Twist. 42. Follow My Beat. 43. My Favorite Things. 44. Cha Cha Cha. 45. Signs of the Seasons. 46. Manic Monday. 47. News From Home. 48. Traveling Places. 49. Colors Everywhere. 50. Nature Box. 51. This Is Me. 52. Wave the Scarves. 53. Shake A Question. 54. Guess That Sound. 55. Clap Your Hands to the Music. 56. Move to the Music. 57. Dance Conducting. 58. Marching In. 59. Song Bingo. 60. Musical Ball. 61. Musical Feelings. 62. Party Animal. 63. Celebration Song. 64. Drum Q&A. 65. Rhythm Sticks Alphabet. 66. Your Story Through A Song. 67. Five Letter Favorites. 68. Boom Boom. 69. I Won't Back Down. 70. Leadership: African Drumming. 71. Marching Band. 72. Eye Choose You. 73. What I Like About You. 74. I Can See Clearly now. 75. Xylophone Conversation. 76. Boomwhacker Beat. 77. The Music Comes Over. 78. You Are. 79. Collective Mandala. 80. Turn, Turn, Turn. 81. Simple Songwriting. 82. Musical Shapes. 83. Animal Adventure. 84. Do-Re-Mi Chimes. 85. Roll Your Fists Around. 86. Rhythm Shakers. 87. Rhythmic Hot Potato. 88. Shake, Rattle and Roll. 89. Film Scoring. 90. Musical Charades. 91. Collaborative Drawing. 92. Color to the Instruments. 93. Musical Board Game. 94. Guitar Strum. 95. Rhythm Pies. 96. Music Listening Game. 97. Index Card Songwriting. 98. Chordal Songwriting. 99. Xylophone Ensemble. 100. Creative Singalongs. Appendices. Appendix A: Sheet Music for Original Songs. Appendix B: List of Books Illustrating Well Known Songs. Appendix C: List of Songs Referred to In Activities. Appendix D: Supply Resources. Appendix E: Contributors. Appendix F: Activities Listed By Goal Area. Appendix G: Online Content Track Listing. References.

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A versatile collection of 100 group music activities designed specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders

About the Author

Maria Ramey is a music therapist in private practice in central Massachusetts. She previously provided services at a fine arts school for adults with developmental disabilities and created the music therapy program for an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Maria is also a professional flutist and enjoys spending time with her musician husband and their four children.


Maria Ramey's book is packed with 100 musical exercises that I, as a drama facilitator for people with intellectual disability, find instantly engaging. Maria has produced a very clear and well laid out book that is accessible and easy to follow. -- Frontline
In conclusion, Group Music Activities for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a book some music therapists may value having to hand if only for its potential to stimulate new ideas in a field where it is very easy to become "stuck". -- Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education

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