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Intergenerational Jamboree: A Step-by-Step Guide to Intergenerational Music Therapy in Senior Living

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aging, arts, music therapy, intergenerational, participation, social interaction, connection, technology


The Intergenerational Music Therapy Jamboree is an intergenerational music therapy program in which young children, typically between the age of 0-4, and their accompanying adults (e.g., parent, grandparent, guardian) take part in weekly music therapy sessions along with residents of congregate care settings such as retirement or long-term care. During each session, a certified music therapist leads the group in singing songs, moving to music, using instruments and props (e.g., drums, scarves, bubbles) and gently facilitates interaction between participants. Additional care providers (e.g., recreation team members) observe, support and can participate in the program alongside the residents. The Jamboree provides opportunities to connect through music and promotes intergenerational relationships between participants of all ages.


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Dupuis, K., Lepp, K., Perkins, C., Jessop, M., and Bender, M. (2021, May). Intergenerational jamboree: A step-by-step guide to intergenerational music therapy in senior living. Research Institute for Aging.


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