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Active music making is defined as the creation of live music by the patient involving any means of intentionalsound production that does not involve the voice. Music making includes all instrument playing and body percussion, music lessons and music ensembles, and also improvised, written, or rehearsed music.
Offer various levels of structure and difficulty while attending to individual differences in musical ability, level of functioning, or side effects of any medications. "Some of the main goals of this session are to help the clients maintain connecitons within their community, to practice simple social interactions, to stay focused on a structured task of playing the music, to develop healthy leisure skills that can add quality to everyday life, and to enhance self-esteem... practice and role-play social interactions, maintain good reality orientation, follow through on requests, and practice appropriate expression of feelings and other important behaviors" (Gfeller and Thaut, 2008).
For some Active Music Making activities, it will be beneficial to expand your Repertoire.
Gfeller, K. E. and Thaut, M. H. (2008). Music Therapy in the Treatment of Behavioral-Emotional Disorders. In Davis, W. B., Gfeller, K. E., and Thaut, M. H. (3rd Edition) An Introduction to Music Therapy: Theory and Practice (209-246). Silver Spring, MD: The American Music Therapy Association, Inc.
Strutzel, Michelle. (May 5, 2010). If You Have An Instrument. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com/2010/05/if-you-have-instrument.html
Strutzel, Michelle. (May 27, 2010). A therapeutic guitar lesson. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com/2010/05/therapeutic-guitar-lesson.html
Strutzel, Michelle. (July 12, 2010). Tearing down and rebuilding. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://beyondthemusicmt.blogspot.com/2010/07/tearing-down-and-rebuilding.html