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A resource for music therapists, music educators, and other professionals who work with individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families and care providers.
Developing a Program or Setlist
This topic has been on my mind recently, as I organized and directed performances for an open house last week. Determining the ideal order of pieces for a concert never figured into my college coursework as a music industry studies and music therapy major, but after several years of practice, I feel like it comes down to two principles: EFFICIENCY and ENERGY. When possible, try to keep these concepts in mind when initially selecting pieces.
For those of you who aren't sure where to start when it comes to developing a program or setlist for a show, read on...
Choosing a Piano Lesson Book
I wholeheartedly recommend the Piano Adventures series by Nancy and Randall Faber. I have used these lesson books successfully with both children and adults with disabilities, and prefer them for the following reasons:
Choosing a Recorder Lesson Book
Perhaps you are an elementary music teacher, or perhaps you are a music therapist with a client who is interested in playing the recorder. Either way, you have found yourself looking for a recorder method. After comparing recorder methods at the local Music & Arts with those that I've previously purchased, I recommend It’s Recorder Time by Alfred d'Auberge and Morton Manus for the following reasons:
Kirstie Gallacher-Ang, MT-BC