by Christopher Achenbach, BA
This inspirational and practical manual which offers both skilled and unskilled practitioners numerous ideas for music groupwork activities.
Music groupwork is a therapeutic approach that can be enjoyed by adults of all abilities in any setting. This unique handbook contains practical ideas for instrumental, vocal and listening activities, ranging from basic directing gesters, clapping and free improvisation to chanting. As well as listing the resources required, each activity contains step-by-step instructions, useful tips and suggestions for development.
A special section of this essential manual pays attention to groups with particular needs, such as elderly peropel and those with learning disabilities. There is also a list of useful contacts, making this an essential resource for anyone interested in pursuing music groupwork with their clients.
Sample Activity: Bounce
- Darken or black out the room.
- Sit in a circle. You could ask people to close their eyes.
- Ask group members to make up short/sharp/surprising (but not necissarily loud) vocal sounds. Ask the group to listen for and respond to others' sounds, 'bouncing' them round the group.
- People can share their impressions afterwards
Tip: Some people may just want to listen at first.
- Try voices and instruments together.
- Try an instrumental sound and a vocal response, or vice versa.
- Move on to 'Mountain Tribes' (page 42) or 'The Jungle' (page 43).
- Try "Mouth Music' (page 74).
Relevant creative/interactive skills
- Choosing a sound; being spontaneous; listening and sharing
132 pages; 8 X 9;spiral bound
- Thinking and Planning
- Why Music?
- Creative and interactive skills
- Planning and running a group
- You the facilitator
- Warm-up: Basic
- Warm-up: instrumental
- Warm-up: vocal
- Warm-up: listening
- Core activity: instrumental
- Core activity: vocal
- Core activity: listening
- Closure: instrumental
- Closure: vocal
- Closure: listening
- Closure: reflection and planning
- Ideas and Skills to Enhance your Work
- Developing an instrument collection
- Adapting instruments for maximum effectiveness
- Making instruments
- The supporter's role in improvisation
- Creating a large-scale piece
- Arranging music from scratch
- Developing skills of direction
- Music and other art forms
- Using recording and multitrack equipment
- Using video resources
- Particular Needs
- Adults are not children
- Working with elderly people
- Working with people with a learning disability
- Working with people with mental health problems
- Working together: music in the community
- Resource and Contacts
- Further reading
- Recording music
- Equipment suppliers and dealers
- Training and information
- Music, video and the law
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