Episode 46: Intergenerational Groups With JoAnn Jordan

by MTRT on September 10, 2013

Jordan200x300Music Therapy is an effective treatment for people of all ages. Usually music therapists are specialized based on the population of the person; some of those populations include: people diagnosed with intellectual delays, hospital patients, early intervention or school aged children, folks receiving hospice care, individuals diagnosed with psychiatric needs and people living in assisted living or long term care.

But, what about combining these populations together? JoAnn Jordan is a pioneer in the area of intergenerational music therapy groups; these are groups that include both children and older adult participants. In this edition of the Music Therapy Round Table, guest JoAnn Jordan will tell us about her work with intergenerational music therapy groups.

JoAnn Jordan is a board certified music therapist with a passion for intergenerational groups. With over 30 years as a music therapist and 25 years of working in senior living communities, she brings a wealth of experiences to share. In August 2009, she started Music Sparks to provide music therapy and enrichment services for the young and old in and around Hays, Kansas. JoAnn started her blog Music Sparks that November. The site offers resources for caregivers of young and of old. Even more ideas are available through the twice a month free newsletter “Bright Ideas”. The Music Sparks website also has resources to help you step into intergenerational programming. Along with the many intergenerational blog posts you will find “5 Steps to Fired-up Intergenerational Programs” which walks you through the formation process. An e-book “Sparking Lives with Themes and Music” was fashioned to speed preparation in creating successful intergenerational programs for preschoolers and older adults. From now until November 1, 2013, $5 of each book purchase is being given to the American Music Therapy Association.

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