Music at home during stressful times
Written by Gretchen Benner
Have you noticed how music can "help you keep control" amidst a time warp?
As we prepare for 2021, I am making time to review new recipes and priorities that I wrangled with since spring 2020. I am also reminded how important it is to adapt my stress management strategies. Part of my routine is running several times a week. Though I begin my route with prayer, the playlist that I stream has evolved greatly these past few months. Similarly the music that I listen to when doing dishes and preparing meals has changed. At times I needed solely instrumental music or a cappella arrangements.
Music was woven throughout my day to help create balance and stability amidst a stressfully fluid season. There is research that correlates to the benefits of music incorporated into one's routines & habits.
Dr. Kimberly Sena Moore, MT-BC shared a blog post to Psychology Today early into the pandemic with dozens of ways that a person could use music to help their daily lives during social distancing. Check it out here. The infographic "My COVID-19 Daily Routine" created by graduate students at Temple University help to highlight ways that music can be purposefully useful during your time at home.
As 2020 winds down, what are your care based intentions entering 2021? Perhaps the arts will play a new or evolved role in your daily schedule. Interested in exploring music genres & artists? Here are some resources to help:
Share how this post resonates with you or share playlist favorites that motivate you to make the most out of each day!
Our studio offered a hybrid recital amidst COVID19. While there was extra preparation, it was a safe & successful event. Here are the top four take aways:
In the future we'll incorporate creative clothes pins that students can decorate ahead of time or receive as performance gifts to secure their sheet music since it was breezy!
Team members on staff at PMT use various materials to support learners of all abilities.
The following linked resources are helpful during music therapy treatment and music lessons...
Miriam Tart, MMT, MT-BC recently arranged songbooks with color coding on the treble clef staff. Check out those digital resources available for purchase at $12/volume. They're categorized by genres of 1980's Decade, 1990's Decade, Rap, Rock, Religious, Pop and Country and include simplified rhythmic notation. They pair perfectly for desk bells and hand bells. Note that Boomwhackers include altered colors for G & A pitches.
We hope these linked resource are useful for you and your loved ones making music and creating sound with colorful resources!
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