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Drury University Intergenerational Rock Band


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The Drury University Department of Music will be hosting its fourth annual Intergenerational Rock Band concert later this month.

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Drury University Intergenerational Rock Band

  1. 1. Drury University by Cathy Robinson & Ricky Reid April 2014
  2. 2. Outline • Event overview • Drury University music program • About music therapy • The Drury Intergenerational Rock Band • Details and contact
  3. 3. The Drury University Department of Music will host its fourth annual Intergenerational Rock Band concert this month. This is a music therapy event, which involves both students and older adults from the Springfield community.
  4. 4. • Members of this intergenerational choir are students of Drury’s music therapy program and adults from the Drury Institute for Mature Learning • The choir learns to sing a mixture of both current and less-recent pop songs • The students and older adults come together through song, and will show the public how unifying the power of music can be
  5. 5. 2014is Drury’s 4thyear with the program, and it is one of only in the country.
  6. 6. • Founded in 1873, Drury University is a private, liberal arts university located in Springfield, Mo. • 1,600 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 postgraduate students attend Drury About Drury University
  7. 7. • Drury offers 54 majors and several professional programs in business, architecture and education • Many students are international, and more than 50% study abroad during their time as undergraduates • Drury is consistently ranked among the best universities in the Midwest and nationwide, such as U.S. News and World Report's Best Regional Universities (Midwest) About Drury University
  8. 8. • The Drury University Department of Music offers its students bachelor’s degrees in four areas: Drury University Music Department Music Education with Instrumental Emphasis Music Education with Vocal Emphasis Studies in all performance instruments, vocal, or composition Music Therapy
  9. 9. Drury University Music Therapy Program • This degree is for students who want to work as clinical music therapists • Students must be excellent musicians and will complete supervised clinical hours towards their degrees with real clients at the Drury University Center for Music Therapy and Wellness • After completing the program, they will be prepared to take the exam given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists
  10. 10. Drury University Music Therapy Program Kay Honeycutt Music Therapy Major, „15 Candace Ladd Music Therapy Major, „14 “I chose music therapy because I'm interested in a career that is meaningful and affects change in others' lives. Music is something that is at the same time a personal and a shared experience, and it facilitates personal expression in a way that no other medium can.” “It can be difficult to put emotions into words; music has a power that words can never appreciate. I love what I do and I love having the ability to use my talents in music to reach out and make a connection with someone. It’s a heart-melting feeling when you make those connections.”
  11. 11. Music Therapy Professor Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk • Dr. Wlodarczyk is a board- certified musical therapist and co-author of “Music Therapy and Geriatric Populations” • She specializes in the use of music therapy in hospice and bereavement; she is also experienced in working with Alzheimer’s patients and intergenerational programming • In 2011, Dr. Wlodarczyk introduced the intergenerational rock band to Drury University
  12. 12. Music Therapy: The clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
  13. 13. About Music Therapy • It is an established health profession that uses music in a therapeutic relationship • The licensed music therapist may prescribe treatment such as creating, singing, moving to, or listening to music • Because music triggers brain processes and functioning, music therapy is used to address physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs
  14. 14. What can music therapy help with? Uses of Music Therapy • Developmental disabilities, or injuries • Pregnancy: expectant mothers, newborns • Autism spectrum diagnosis • Learning disorders/academics • Bereavement
  15. 15. Did you know? • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered brain damage when she was shot in the head in 2011, is a former music therapy patient
  16. 16. “Music can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort – between demoralization and dignity.” - Barbara Crowe, former president of the National Association for Music Therapy (Puchalski, 2006, p. 326)
  17. 17. Music Therapy for Older Adults • Music therapy can mitigate the effects of illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s • In the past, some older adult members of the Drury IGRB with these illnesses never remembered attending rehearsals, yet found they could sing every word of the songs • These older adults are often able to respond to music late in the disease process, even after many other physical abilities have been lost
  18. 18. Music Therapy for Older Adults • Music therapy can also be used preventatively; it helps the mind to maintain its cognitive capacities • It also has emotional uses: older adults, even when healthy, have a need for social interaction with members of other generations • Intergenerational programming can help bridge the age gap
  19. 19. Music Art Theatre Pen pals Intergenerational programming : Purposeful interaction between members of different generations Classroom Volunteers
  20. 20. Benefits of Intergenerational Programming • Helps to close the generation gap by allowing participants to interact through music • Fulfills the need for students and seniors to socialize and learn about each other • Creates connections and feelings of positivity between students and seniors • Increases self-esteem
  21. 21. Drury’s Intergenerational Rock Band • This group practices once a week, from 3 to 4 p.m., in O’Bannon Hall on Drury’s campus • Although most student participants are studying music or music therapy, anyone can get involved Intergenerational singing at rehearsal
  22. 22. Drury’s Intergenerational Rock Band • Student musicians play instruments such as guitar, piano and drums • Older adult members have the opportunity to play thundertubes and rain sticks in certain songs “Radioactive”
  23. 23. Provides valuable experience for future music therapists More Benefits of IGRB • Gives leadership opportunities: several students have conducting roles for specific songs • Ability to interact with a demographic segment that will likely become a part of future clientele • Teaches skills and techniques that students can use in their own sessions
  24. 24. “Call Me Maybe” from the 2013 concert Results of IGRB Program • According to Dr. Wlodarczyk, the 2013 IGRB was effective in producing positive feelings about other generations and the genre of rock music.
  25. 25. Results of IGRB Program Much more positive More positive No change Much more positive More positive No change 28% Change in Mature Learners’ feelings towards college students Change in Drury students’ feelings towards older adults 33% 39% 50% 25% 25% Much more positive More positive No change Change in Mature Learners’ feelings towards rock music 25% 25% 50%
  26. 26. “I do not sing – my husband will tell you, I cannot carry a tune – but I came along because I was going to wait for him, and then I ended up being part of the group. We really had a good time here last year. The kids are wonderful. They’re very sweet and inviting, you know, wanting to get to know us. As long as we keep getting invited, I guess we’ll keep doing it. We love Drury.” - Laura C., Mature Learner and second-year IGRB participant
  27. 27. Set List 2014 “Listen to the Music” The Doobie Brothers - 1972 “Radioactive” Imagine Dragons- 2012 “Ho Hey” The Lumineers- 2012 “I’ll Be There” Jackson 5 - 1970
  28. 28. “Royals” Lorde- 2013 “Keep Your Head Up” Andy Grammer- 2011 “In My Life” The Beatles- 1965 “Eye of the Tiger” Survivor- 1982 “Roar” Katy Perry- 2013
  29. 29. Date: Tuesday, April 22 Time: 7:30 p.m. Place: Clara Thompson Hall at the Drury University campus in Springfield, Mo. Cost: Free, but donations are accepted Event Details
  30. 30. Contact Drury University Department of Music Allin Sorenson Chair of Music Department Professor of Music Office: (417) 873-7291 O’Bannon Hall 209 Natalie Wlodarczyk Director of Music Therapy Office: (417) 873-7573 O’Bannon Hall 207 Twitter: @nataliewmt
  31. 31. References • Education and care. (2014). Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Retrieved from • Guy, J., & Neve, A. (2005). Music therapy and older adults fact sheet. The Music Therapy Center of California. Retrieved from df. • Music therapy at university hospitals can help patients improve emotional, mental and physical health. (2014). University Hospitals. Retrieved from services/music-therapy. • Puchalski, C. (2006). A time for listening and caring. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc. • Sherwell, P. (2011, Februrary 26). Gabrielle Giffords: How music is helping her recovery. The Telegraph. Retrieved from music-therapy-is-helping-her-recovery.html. • The benefits of intergenerational programs. (2007). Generations United. Retrieved from • VanWeelden, K., Darrow, A., & Swedberg, O. (2010). Community choirs for older adults: Providing service-learning opportunities for students. Florida Music Director, 22-25. • What is music therapy. (2014). American Music Therapy Association. Retrieved from