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Olympics – Opening Ceremony
Mary Jane Landaker, MME, MT-BC
Therapeutic Music Experience
Purpose: To prompt discussion about Olympics tradition; to promote upper and/or lower extremity gross motor movement; to increase knowledge of multicultural traditions; to introduce concept of world geography through sport theme; to increase awareness of leisure skill options
Materials: Recording of Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams or other music suitable for use in spurring discussion of topic; electricity source; OPTIONAL: flags/scarves/ribbon sticks for movement adaptation; visual of Olympic rings and/or mascots associated with the Olympics
Environment: Group members need to be able to move freely without touching other group members. The amount of space needed increases with movement adaptations and props available
Song/Chant/Words:Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams. Available on many recording and social media music purchase sites.
Procedure: R = Reinforcement opportunities; C = Redirection/Cue opportunities; A = Assessment
C=start the music
A=assess whether group members show signs of attention to the music through entrainment behaviors (such as tapping fingers or toes, looking up, making comments, or other indications of attention)
R=reinforce all attention behaviors
R=redirect group members who do not attend by using their names or by interacting in different manner (check to see if volume is appropriate for group members to hear the music)
C=prompt group members to tell you something about the music
A=assess whether group members are able to describe the music in any manner (type of music, type of instruments present, use of music, familiarity, preference, and others)
R=reinforce all responses
C=if group member hadn’t already named that the music is often used to signify the Olympics (in the United States), share that information with the group – OPTIONAL: use visual to prompt recall
A=assess whether group members show awareness of the Olympics
R=reinforce all discussion about the Olympic games
C=continue the music as a background figure to continue to stimulate conversation about the Olympics
C=move into adaptations or extensions as group member attention allows
Therapeutic Function of Music:
The music has been played for many years in association with the Olympic ceremonies, both winter and summer games. The familiarity of the music may be enough to prompt reminiscence and recall of memories of other games. The rhythmic patterns and predictable phrases offer group members multiple opportunities to engage in movement. The repetition of two separate musical forms provides opportunities for changing movements. The lavish orchestration offers both high pitched and low pitched instruments for a thick timbre.
Two distinct melodies – Bugler’s Dream and Olympic Theme
Set patterns; rhythmic figures are repeated throughout the piece
Approximately 120 bpm
Fanfare and Theme
Chart adapted from Hanson-Abromeit, D. (2010). A Closer Look at the Therapeutic Function of Music. Presentation at 2010 American Music Therapy Association National Conference: Cleveland, OH.
Movement Adaptation – when the music has started, pass out movement props to each group member. Encourage group members to move to the music. Reinforce all attempts to move to the music. Assess whether group members coordinate their movements to the tempi and rhythmic patterns presented in the music. Continue until group members show signs of fatigue, disinterest, or until time runs out.
Movement Adaptation 2 – Establish two distinct movements, one for each part of the form. Encourage group members to change movements when the music changes. Assess whether group members are able to distinguish between the A form and the B form. Reinforce all responses.
List the events of the Olympics (either Winter or Summer events). Move into sport-specific or geography-specific TMEs to continue the conversation
Use a globe to identify the location of the Olympic games
Did you enjoy this TME? Did your clients? Interested in more Olympic-related TMEs for use in August? Coming soon - Mini Sing About Song Theme Packet to be released on August 1, 2016 - Eight Olympic Therapeutic Music Experiences with supported music recommendations and Session Plans. Look at the Products and TMEs page for more details.