Post by: Matrisha stafford, MTI
If you grew up with a healthy love of board games, this post is for you! Games like Monopoly, Mancala, The Game of Life, Scrabble, Charades, and Jeopardy were all staples on our family game nights at home growing up. In continuing to be more creative as an intern and as a future professional Music Therapist, I am always trying to be engaging while still being music centered! As I was looking for fun ways to adapt games to have a music centered approach, I came across a version of Jeopardy on Pinterest. While that particular version on Pinterest was for English trivia, I thought it would be great to have a music version of Jeopardy!
Musical Jeopardy can be used with group or individual music therapy settings and is sure to be fun for all. Categories in this version are: Name the Artist, Name the Song, Instrument Pick Up, and Emotions through Music. There is sure to be a category for everyone! When working with populations such as school age, this game can be used to assess musical preferences, increase group cohesion, increase socialization, and as simply as a really fun musical ice-breaker! It can also be used to address emotional support, or can address mental and physical wellbeing with changes to music and categories.
By now I am sure we are all really excited to play a round or two of Musical Jeopardy, so I am attaching it to this post for you to access and share with your friends or family. The rules of the game will be attached to the powerpoint, but the most important rule is to HAVE FUN!
Cheers to, “I’ll take Name the Artist for 200!”
WRITTEN BY: Gabby Jones, Music Therapy Intern
Everyone has busy lives, in some way, shape, or form. Often, it’s hard to find time to take care of ourselves. We get too caught up with work or school, or being a partner or a parent or a friend to others, that we forget to focus on our own needs. We neglect our bodies and our minds the self-care it needs because we simply lack the time for it.
Luckily, however, it doesn’t have to be that way. Self-care can be as simple as sitting still with our own thoughts for 5 or 10 minutes. With easy steps for self-care practices in mind, I was inspired to create a music playlist full of songs for relaxing, meditating, or simple listening. These songs help encourage peacefulness and introspection in the time I set aside for myself, and I aim to encourage that same time of peacefulness and introspection for other listeners. You can access the full audio files on this Spotify Play List, YouTube Play List, or simply look up individual songs from the list below:
What are some of your favorite songs for relaxation or meditation? What songs make you feel your best?
Additionally, check out this article on music and mindfulness for hobby musicians, performers, and simple music lovers alike!
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