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MusicWorx Toolbox: Successful Approaches for Older Adults With Varying Abilities



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MusicWorx Toolbox: Successful Approaches for Older Adults With Varying Abilities
By: Melissa Wargo-Geesen, MT–BC

The MusicWorx Toolbox course Group Music Therapy Interventions Successful Approaches for Older Adults with Varying Abilities is ideal for working in an older adult setting. But the ideas are adaptable to fit almost any population, helping clients achieve cognitive, sensorimotor, speech and language, social, and emotional goals. These intervention ideas are thorough enough that music therapists may replicate them exactly to create successful therapeutic sessions. But they also may incorporate any therapist's unique artistic interpretation. The author describes how to adapt sessions to groups of clients with varying abilities, typical of older-adult communities.

How to Use This Toolbox

  • with older-adult groups in a variety of settings
  • as a template for other music-centered wellness groups that target older adults
  • for easy adaptation in group and individual sessions to meet the needs of unique clients

What's Inside This Toolbox

  • 158 single-sided pages
  • 90 digital files for colorful handouts, including songs, articles, book lists
  • 15 detailed sessions
  • 1 user-friendly CD
  • foreword by guest author
  • working with older adults with varying abilities information
  • list of reference and music books for expanded knowledge and repertoire


  • Introduction
  • Session 1 Apples
  • Session 2 Humor
  • Session 3 Modes of Travel
  • Session 4 Colors
  • Session 5 Moon Songs
  • Session 6 Women's Names in Song
  • Session 7 Let's Hear It for the Boys
  • Session 8 Home Sweet Home
  • Session 9 Smiles
  • Session 10 Country Music
  • Session 11 Honoring Disney
  • Session 12 Feel the Spirit
  • Session 13 Friendship
  • Session 14 Folk Songs
  • Session 15 Weathering It
  • 50 Recommended Songs
  • Reference Books
  • Music Books


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