DIY Music Therapy Instruments

The Covid-19 pandemic has created the new “normal” of staying home and social distancing. While we’re remaining safe and doing our part by staying indoors when possible, boredom can still strike. The pandemic has shown us how important it is to find novel, creative outlets for ourselves. 

Have you ever thought of making your own instruments at home? Well, now is your chance! Below are a few common instruments that music therapists use in our sessions. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to make your very own DIY music therapy instruments for yourself or your kiddos. 

  1. Egg Shakers

Do you have extra plastic Easter eggs laying around? If so, you’re in luck! Egg shakers are easy, portable instruments to make that sound great with any song. You will need…

-Plastic Easter eggs

-A filler (rice, popcorn seeds, dry beans, etc.)

-Tape

-Stickers (not required, but a fun addition)

Fill the plastic eggs with the filler of your choice. Be aware of the small holes that usually are found at the end of your eggs so that your filler does not sneak out. Fill one half of the egg about halfway full considering you’ll want to leave room for the filler to move around and create the “shaker” sound. You’re almost done! Make sure to seal the eggs with tape (Scotch tape works) to ensure the filler doesn’t make a mess at home. Feel free to decorate your plastic shakers afterward with colorful stickers or use markers to draw fun designs! Enjoy!

  1. Drum

We’re all rhythmic and rely on a steady beat. Take your heartbeat and breathing for example! Now you can play along to a steady beat at home with DIY drums! Check and see if you have any of these items on hand…

-Empty coffee, soup, Pringles cans (the bigger the better in my opinion!)

-Balloons (7-9in.)

-Rubber bands

It’s pretty simple…take the empty can you have available, place the balloon over the opening of the can to cover the entire circular face, and secure with a rubber band! Using numerous sizes of cans will create different sounds for each. All you need now are two items to work as drum sticks and you’re all set!

Ready for an even easier option? Leftover oversized paint buckets work perfectly! Flip them over to use the bottom as your drum face and play away. This will give the drum a deeper, louder sound compared to the “can drums” up above. Lowes and Home Depot have these available for under $5!

  1. Tambourine

The final instrument to add to your “at home band.” Tambourines are great to take on-the-go or dance around the house with. This DIY instrument is a little more complex, but still uses common, household items. Look for…

-2 Paper plates

-String/Yarn

-Hole punch

-Jingle bells

-Anything else needed to decorate

Put the two paper plates face to face while punching holes around the perimeter. Taking your yarn, weave it through a hole around the outside of the plate and back through that same hole to create a knot. Once you do this, you’ll be able to take your jingle bell and string it through the yarn. You can include a jingle bell on every hole or skip a few depending on how loud you’d like your tambourine to sound. Once you return to the original hole, tie off the yarn and you’re almost ready to play! Feel free to personalize the tambourine however you’d like! 

Ready, set, make music!

MMT Intern Introduction!

Metro Music Therapy is pleased to introduce our newest music therapy intern, Kiele Kaupe! 

Kiele, a Georgia native, is currently finishing up her Music Therapy degree from Georgia College and State University. Her primary instruments are the euphonium and trombone, but she enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele as well! Kiele has experience working with a variety of populations throughout her schooling including older adults in assisted living and memory care, adults with intellectual disabilities, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  

When asked what she is most excited for during her MMT internship, Kiele stated that she is looking forward to working with the numerous populations MMT has the privilege of serving weekly! The ability to share music therapy with the metro Atlanta area and surrounding communities drew Kiele to MMT. Kiele said that she “loves the overall energy, excitement, and caring nature the MMT company has” which solidified her choice in becoming part of our team.

In her free time, Kiele enjoys reading books, watching movies, and practicing yoga. She loves road trips and discovering new places with friends. One fun fact about Kiele…she loves watching Bob Ross videos even though she doesn’t know how to paint! 

We are so happy to have Kiele with us the next six months! Stay tuned for updates!

Creativity Creates Continuity

It’s no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic caused a drastic shift in our everyday living. Zoom calls, working remotely, and social distancing quickly became part of our lives. The music therapy profession was also in constant flux. Music therapists were required to think outside of the box if clients were going to continue to be served. Music therapist’s creativity was tested like never before!

While the pandemic was and still is a challenge, the field of music therapy has continued to grow. Metro was able to reach new clients that were not possible pre-pandemic. Thanks to the addition of telehealth via Zoom, clients throughout the U.S. and internationally have the ability to receive music therapy services from our Metro team! The Covid-19 pandemic showed us that there are no boundaries for music therapy, and for that we are grateful. 

So, how do music therapists use technology? The options are endless! Whether sessions be in person or via telehealth, iPads, cell phones, computers, speakers, and instrumental tuners are commonly used technology resources. Such technology aids in session continuity. Chord charts, metronomes, and music streaming apps are easily accessible to a music therapist and help us focus the session on the client’s needs. iPad apps are easily downloaded to aid in therapy sessions. Depending on the client’s preferences, apps like music beat makers, visual aids, song creators, virtual instruments, and music game-based activities create a fun and goal-centered session. While the world of technology keeps evolving, so does our field! The music therapists at Metro continue to find innovative ways to provide the best services possible in an ever-changing world. 

Interested in Music Lessons?

Did you know that Metro offers adaptive music lessons? Whether you or your family member are wanting to learn a new skill or find a creative outlet, we’re here to help! Our talented team teaches voice, guitar, piano, and ukulele lessons to people of all ages. 

At Metro, we personalize all lessons to meet the individual’s needs. Our music therapy background and training allows us to focus on any physical, emotional, cognitive, or social adaptation needs while enjoying the process of learning a new instrument! If music lessons interest you, please give us a call at (404) 510-3799 or email the director, Mallory Even, at mallory@metromusictherapyga.com.

We would love to serve you! 

Metro Serves All

The end of summer is quickly approaching! As enjoyable as this summer was, it’s time to start planning ahead for the fall and back-to-school months. The services Metro Music Therapy offers could be the perfect addition to you or your family’s schedule!

At Metro, we provide one-on-one and group services spanning multiple domains and diagnoses. Our team’s experience as board-certified music therapists allows us to cater to all client’s needs by tailoring each session to meet their desired goals and objectives. Our team serves the following populations…Developmental Delay, Autism, At-Risk Youth, Grief & Loss, Mental Health, Veterans, Refugees, and Hospice & Palliative Care. Visit our homepage, and click each box to read, in detail, exactly how we approach and carefully consider the needs of each client. 

If you think Metro would fit well into your weekly routine, give us a call or reach out via email! We would love to serve you in the near future. The end of summer is a perfect time to bring enhancement into your life! We look forward to hearing from you!

MMT is Expanding!

Metro Music Therapy has served the metro Atlanta area for almost 14 years … and we are thrilled to announce that we are now also serving the state of North Carolina! We will be providing in-person and telehealth services for clients and facilities in the Triangle and Triad areas.

If you are interested in partnering with us to bring music therapy to your loved one or to the clients of your facility, please reach out and let us know!

We can’t wait to begin serving you, North Carolina!

Welcome Daisy!

Metro Music Therapy is excited to introduce our newest music therapy intern!

“My name is Daisy Myers and I am a recent graduate from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC! I was born and raised in Georgia and have loved every minute of being a Georgia Peach.

I love football, traveling, sunshine, and music, of course. I’m so excited to be a part of the MMT team as the introduction into my music therapy career!”

Welcome, Daisy!! We are so thrilled you have joined our team for the next 6 months!

Core Values

Hello! We want to make sure everyone who finds this space knows who we are … and in order to know who we truly are, you must know what we truly value.

Here are Metro Music Therapy’s 6 Core Values; we hope they give you insight as to who we are and why we exist.

We are passionate about helping others find health, happiness, and a renewed sense of purpose. We are here for you in whatever ways you may need us!

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WHO WE ARE ::

Here at Metro Music Therapy, we envision a day when all of our clients, from their first breaths until their last, will be given the opportunity to grow, heal, and thrive through their involvement in music therapy services. We consider it a high honor to walk alongside our clients and their families through some of life’s hardest seasons.

Our mission is to provide the most current and innovative music therapy practices to assist our clients in achieving their cognitive, educational, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual goals.

We value honesty, transparency, empathy, warmth, and genuine connection with others.

Our Founder and CEO, Mallory Even, believes that quality Music Therapy services can only come from the best Music Therapists. Everyone on the Metro team is Nationally Board-Certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), and Licensed to practice Music Therapy in the State of Georgia.

To maintain our credentials, Music Therapists must participate in 100 hours of Continuing Education every 5 years; and we are proud to say that we not only partake in continuing education, but we are also an Approved Provider with the CBMT to lead Continuing Education courses for other healthcare professionals.

WHO WE SERVE ::

When we say, “from first breaths until last,” we mean it! Our team has the certifications and experience necessary to work with the following:

  • Premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Persons with Autism
  • Children with Cognitive or Developmental delays
  • Children and Adults with Behavioral disorders
  • Grieving Children and families
  • Refugees who have resettled in the Atlanta area
  • Teens in Residential Foster Homes
  • Teens and Adults in Inpatient Psychiatric Units
  • Veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Hospital Patients of all ages and with varying diagnoses
  • Older Adults with Dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • Hospice & Palliative Care patients
  • Children and Adults striving to achieve Wellness
  • Employees in High-Stress Work Environments (Healthcare, Education, First Responders)

WHY METRO ::

For thirteen years, Metro Music Therapy has been changing the face of music therapy in the Southeast U.S, and more recently, across the country and globe due to our cutting-edge Telehealth Music Therapy Programming. Our creative, dynamic, diverse, versatile and well-educated team has over 50 years of collective experience in our field. We have served clients of every age and diagnosis, we have created new Music Therapy programs for countless healthcare facilities, schools, and private programs in Atlanta, GA, we have a competitive and highly sought-after University-Affiliated Music Therapy Internship Program, and we have collectively employed over 30 music therapists since opening our doors. We believe in the work that we do, and we tenaciously and passionately advocate for our field and for those who benefit from our services.

SERVICE MENU ::

MORE ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY ::

The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as 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. Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

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