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Continued: A peek inside a music therapist's cart: What do you do with all that stuff?

  • Article by: CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS and CLINICS OF MINNESOTA
  • Last update: May 5, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Shakers

We have a large variety of shakers, including maracas, egg shakers, mini-maracas and fruit/vegetable shakers. Shakers are great movement motivators in which a patient can work on grasping or passing the instrument back and forth from one hand to the other. A music therapist might model specific movements for the patient to follow. This requires focus and attention to task.

These are just a few examples of why we might choose a particular instrument to use during a session. We have many more instruments inside our cart, and other reasons for using each of them. We’d love for you to ask us to take a look sometime. We’re sorry; our carts do not contain ice cream (we get asked this question often) — but we think there is something much better inside!

 

Erinn Frees and Kim Arter are music therapists at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

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