My formula for success, which can be replicated
by caregivers at home, is a two-part music session.
In the first part I play CDs of favorite recording
artists such as Judy Garland and Nat King Cole. The
second part consists of an old-fashioned sing-along
in which I accompany the residents on the piano.
Everyone is given large-print lyrics of each song so
they can fully participate – and they do!
If you would like to add music to your loved
one’s day, here are some activities to consider:
your local music store to find CDs from the
1930s through the 1950s.
Songs should be familiar to your
loved one, such as songs from their teen
Favorite popular artists, Broadway
shows such as “South Pacific” and
“Oklahoma,” and works of composers like
George Gershwin are but a few possibilities.
There are many ready-made sing-along
video and DVD resources available by
searching on the Internet.
- Your public library is another wonderful resource
where you can borrow musical CDs or DVDs of an opera
or Broadway show.
- If you play
an instrument and want to have a sing-along, play it
at a slower pace and in a lower key. You can obtain
lyrics from the Internet and print them out in an
- Create a
soothing atmosphere by tuning your radio to a
classical music station. My students particularly
enjoy works by composers such as Mozart and Chopin.
Add singing and humming to your daily activities and
encourage your loved one to join in and sing. Your
participation in musical activities is bound to lift
your spirits, too.
have always known that music can open hearts.
Through my teaching experience, reinforced by recent
research, I have seen how it can also open minds.