AMTA COVID-19 Songwriting Contest 2020

AMTA COVID-19 Songwriting Contest 2020

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Attention music therapy professionals, students, and interns: Here’s an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and help the wider world cope with the COVID-19 pandemic by submitting your original song to AMTA’s COVID-19 Songwriting Contest.

 

The songs below were submitted as part of the American Music Therapy Association COVID-19 Songwriting Contest in conjunction with the AMTA 2020 National Conference. Check back often for new song submissions and winners to be announced at the conclusion of the contest! Contest open until October 15. Find submission guidelines here.

 

“Seasons Change (And Things Are Strange)”

“Seasons Change (And Things Are Strange)” was written by Karen Wade, MT-BC, owner of Music Therapy Solutions, LLC.  You can find them online at musictherapysolutions.com.

This song addresses wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), coping with change, seeking social support and was written for adolescents and adults.  Karen says, “use this song for movement to music and lyric analysis with adults and adolescents.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

Contact the composer at wadek0220@gmail.com.


“I Can Still Sing”

“I Can Still Sing” was written by Sara Langenberger, a music therapy intern at Primary Children's Hospital.

This song addresses coping with change, identifying positive coping skills, and positive affirmations and was written for adolescents and adults.  Sara says, “this is a song of hope, written not only for clients of all ages but also for students, interns, MT-BCs, and anyone who will listen.  What started as an assignment from my internship supervisors, soon turned into a passion project that I am so excited to share with the world. I hope you love this song just as deeply as I do. This song is dedicated to anyone who has struggled to hear the music amid all of the noise of the world. Thank you for taking the time to listen.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at slangenberger23@gmail.com.


“A Little Different”

“A Little Different” was written by Shelbe White, MT-BC, a music therapist at Higher Octave Healing.  You can find them online at https://higheroctavehealing.org.  The song was a group effort by music therapists and interns K.C. Bradham, Taylor Angilletta, Mike O'Rangers, Shelbe White, Ruihao Zhang, Amy Berggren, Kymla Eubanks, Sarra Erb, Denise Claire Seaman, Lisa Hodge, and Meredith Snow.

This song addresses hand washing, cleaning protocols, wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing and/or no contact precautions, and coping with change.  It was written for early childhood, children, adolescents and adults. Shelbe says, “This song is intended as a material to prepare clients to in-person music therapy sessions with protocols. It can be compared to a social story in song form, describing what to expect when returning to the therapy building for the first time.”

  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.

Contact the composer at swhite@hohmt.org.


“Mask Up!”

“Mask Up!” was written by David Knott, MM, MT-BC, Creative Arts Therapy Supervisor and music therapist at Seattle Children’s.  The song is a collaboration with hospital staff Cecelia Bartosiewicz, MT-BC, Marissa Renella, MT-BC, Evelyn Stagnaro, MM, MT-BC and Alyssa Burnett Center staff Dan Diaz, MT-BC, Mikaela Henderson, Alex Johnston, and Ellen Ruby, MT-BC.

This song addresses wearing masks and was written for children, adolescents and adults.  David says, “this song is a simple and repetitive music mnemonic to promote learning the basics of how, when and why we are wearing masks during this time.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

“I Can Still Sing”

“I Can Still Sing” was written by Amy Standridge, MT-BC, owner of Oak Song Music Therapy.  You can find them online at www.oaksongmusictherapy.com.

This song addresses coping with change and coping with grief/loss and was written for adults and adults with Alzheimer's Disease, related dementias, and their care partners.  Amy says, “People living with dementia and their care partners can use this song to process some of the complicated feelings and losses experienced during COVID-19. They might also be encouraged to discuss ways to engage in fulfilling activities like singing. This community has experienced intense and devastating consequences of COVID-19, including separation, cognitive decline, and depression. This song also might bring encouragement to listeners as they realize they are not alone and there are others who understand their experience and care about their well-being.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at amy@oaksongmusictherapy.com.


“We're All In This Together”

“We're All In This Together” was written by Ryan Olmstead, MT-BC, owner of Descant Music Therapy, PLLC.  You can find them online at www.descantmusictherapy.com.

This song addresses coping with change and was written for early childhood, children and adolescents.  Ryan says, “I contract at a school for students with Autism.  When our 4th quarter went virtual I wrote this song for the students and we put it together as a virtual choir piece.  I received submissions from students, parents, teachers and staff.  The goal was to support each other and have a unity though distanced from each other.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer(s) at ryan@descantmusictherapy.com.


“Job that Needs to Be Done”

“Job that Needs to Be Done” was written by Brooke Moeller, MT-BC, a music therapist at Music Speaks, LLC.  You can find them online at https://www.musicspeakstherapy.com.

This song addresses coping with change and identifying positive coping skills and was written for adults and professionals in a field of service. Brooke says, “Professionals in a field of service to others can use this song as validation and motivation to continue to approach past and/or new challenges in their field that have occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at guianowriter@gmail.com.


“You Can Still Be You”

“You Can Still Be You” was written by Dawn Thompson, MT-BC a music therapist at Sunshine Music Therapy.  You can find them online at https://www.facebook.com/sunshinemusictx.

This song addresses wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) and coping with change.  It was written for early childhood, children and adolescents. Dawn says, “Parents and children coming up with fun things you can still do while wearing a mask, and identify what hasn't changed.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at sunshinemusictherapydt@gmail.com.


“Love is the Only Way Home”

“Love is the Only Way Home” was written by Kim Best, MT-BC, owner at Kim Best Music Therapy.  You can find them online at https://kimbest.com.

This song addresses coping with change, coping with grief/loss, and seeking social support.  It was written for adults. Kim says, “This song can be used to explore and process emotions around change, grief, and caregiving.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

Contact the composer at hello@kimbest.com.


“Keep Your Mask On”

“Keep Your Mask On” was written by Samantha Fox, a music therapy student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  You can find them online at www.smwc.edu.

This song addresses wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) and was written for early childhood and children.  Samantha says, “This song is meant for teaching young children how to properly wear their mask. The song has a repeating mantra of ‘keep your mask on, don't take your mask off’ to help kids remember to leave their mask on. Have your kids practice with me!”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

“COVID-COO”

“COVID-COO” was written by Kriss Reid, a music therapy student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

This song addresses hand washing, physical distancing and/or no contact precautions, coping with grief/loss, identifying positive coping skills, and seeking social support.  It was written for children and adolescents. Kriss says, “To cope with the frustration of a long stay at home order and other restrictions.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

Contact the composer at guitarlover_63@hotmail.com.


“Christmas”

“Christmas” was written by a Heidi M Palombi, a music therapy student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  You can find them online at www.smwc.edu.

This song addresses wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) and was written for adults.  Heidi says the song is “to learn how to clean their masks.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

“Three Ws - All You Need”

“Three Ws - All You Need” was written by Maggie Rodgers, MT-BC, a music therapist at Brookdale Hospice. 

This song addresses hand washing, wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), and physical distancing and/or no contact precautions.  It was written for anyone wanting to join in.  Maggie says the song can be useful for “chant, empowerment, establishing a groove, improvisation, relaxation, drum circle.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

Contact the composer at maggierodgers@yahoo.com.


"Brilla el Sol (The Sun is Shining)"

“Brilla el Sol (The Sun is Shining)” was written by Renee Rulon Cortez, a music therapist at El Sol Academy.

This song addresses the need for finding hope and was written for children who are Spanish speakers. Renee says she wrote this song for students when riots broke out as the school year was ending and is “simply a reminder of hope and a new day.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.

If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at Renee.cortez@icloud.com


"It’s a Good Day"

“It’s a Good Day” was written by Stephanie Leavell, a music therapist at Music for Kiddos, Inc. You can find them online at www.musicforkiddos.com.

This song addresses physical distancing, being stuck at home, and missing friends, and was written for young children. Stephanies says this song is for, “helping kids process being away from friends and loved ones and realizing that they can still have good, happy days even when things are different and they're stuck at home.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at musicforkiddos@gmail.com


"You Are Safe"

“You Are Safe” was written by Jaime Lawrence, MT-BC, a music therapist at Harmony Gardens Music Therapy Services. You can find them online at www.hgmusictherapy.com.

This song addresses coping with change, grief, and loss, as well as identifying positive coping skills, and it was written for people of all ages. Jaime says, “I feel like this song is appropriate to use as clinicians working with clients who are struggling with change. It can also be used by parents/caregivers to help children or other appropriate ages/needs at home for coping and support.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.


"Show Me Hope"

“Show Me Hope” was written by Anastasia Wheeler, Emily Schmeidler, and Rachelle Morgan, music therapists at Soundscaping Source. You can find them online at soundscapingsource.com

This song addresses coping with grief and loss and seeking social support, and was written for adults. Anastasia says, “This song could be used to foster a discussion with adults about what they are currently experiencing to acknowledge the activities, things, and people they miss. It can transition into what brings them hope and comfort and ways to connect with those they care about in safe ways. A lyric analysis could be done to facilitate and frame this discussion.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer(s).


"‘Rona Be Gone"

“‘Rona Be Gone” was written by Cassie Baker, a music therapy intern from East Carolina University. 

This song addresses many topics related to Covid-19. Cassie says, “I see people using this song as humor/entertainment, as well as a tool to start meaningful discussions. The song touches on grief/loss, and could be used to open up discussion about those topics. The song also mentions some healthy coping strategies, like singing instead of screaming, as well as calling a friend despite everything going on. The song puts a fun spin on all of the negative happening around us right now and encourages people to roll with the change as it comes.”

If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.

If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at cassieb323@gmail.com


"All I Want to Do"

“All I Want to Do” was written by Stephanie Leavell, a music therapist at Music for Kiddos, Inc. You can find them online at www.musicforkiddos.com.

This song helps with identifying positive coping skills. Stephanies says, “This song can help kids identify their feelings, the feeling can be validated ("I feel MAD... we can all feel it sometimes") and then that feeling can be matched to a motor movement (stomp, jump, etc.) as a positive outlet/coping skill for those feelings.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.

Contact the composer at musicforkiddos@gmail.com


"Please Stay Six Feet Away"

“Please Stay Six Feet Away” was written by Eric Miller, PhD, MT-BC, a music therapy faculty member at the University of North Dakota.

This song addresses physical distancing and was written for people of all ages. Eric suggests  with kids that you encourage participating with the hand motions shown for "please stay 6 ft away." For adolescents, you could try lyric substitution to individualize the message (e.g. I don't want to _______ or Please don't ________________).  

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer. If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer at Miller@BioGuidedMusicTherapy.com for information on downloads.


“Long Hard Fight"

“Long Hard Fight” was written by Molly Hicks, MMT, MT-BC, a music therapist at Penn Medicine Hospice. You can find them online at https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/find-a-program-or-service/penn-medicine-at-home/hospice

This song helps listeners learn about unconscious bias and contemplate the fight for racial justice using PPE items as illustrative metaphors. It was written for people of all ages. Molly notes this: “Racism is the pandemic we are dealing with in addition to COVID-19. Music therapists could use this song as a lead-in to discussing racial justice with groups of clients, or with individuals who are motivated to explore their own unconscious bias. This could also be a song for families to listen to together and discuss. Children and adults alike are now very familiar with common forms of PPE, so talking about leaving our COVID masks on while trying to uncover other metaphorical masks is an accessible concept.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer. If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer(s) in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing. 

Contact the composer at mollygracehicks5@gmail.com


"Together: The Coronavirus Anthem"

“Together: The Coronavirus Anthem” was written by Ashley Manges, MT-BC, and Genessee Flynn, MT-BC, music therapists at McConnell Music Therapy Services, Inc. You can find them online at https://www.mcconnellmts.com/

This song addresses coping with change, grief, and loss, and it was written for adolescent and adults. The composers say, “This song was written when quarantine/shutdown for COVID began back in March 2020. It includes responses pertaining to emotions, thoughts, and overall response to this "new normal" from friends and family, ranging from adolescents to older adults. This song can be used to validate the fear and uncertainty of that time (which is still relevant for today), while also identifying that we can cope with change together.”  

If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer(s) in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing. If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer(s) for information on downloads.

Contact the composer(s) at ashley@mcconnellmts.com


"My Mask On My Face"

“My Mask On My Face” was written by music therapist Meredith Powers.

This song addresses wearing masks and was written for people of all ages. Meredith says this is a social story, and it can be helpful for starting the day or a session.

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.


"Mask Song! (I’ve Got A [Star] Mask On My Face)"

“Mask Song! (I’ve Got A [Star] Mask On My Face)” was written by Ingrid Moeller, MA, MT-BC, a music therapist at The Harrison Center for Music Therapy. You can find them online at www.harrisoncentermt.com.

This song addresses wearing masks and identifying positive coping skills and was written for young children. Ingrid says, “I have already shared this song with my clients, and had parents share this song with their children and friends with small children. Additionally, I have had Speech Therapists who work in the schools share this song with their students.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.


"Right Now"

“Right Now” was written by Cheryl Mozdian, MM, MT-BC, a music therapist at Summit Music Therapy LLC. You can find them online at www.summitmusictherapy.net.

This song addresses coping with change and identifying positive coping skills, and was written for adolescents and adults. Cheryl says, “as the pandemic continues, I hope that listening to this song reminds people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, or addiction to practice mindfulness and to remember that this present moment is where we can create positive change.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer(s)


"It’s Hard To See Through These Goggles"

“It’s Hard To See Through These Goggles” was written by Nick Ryder, a music therapist at Telecare Corp. 

This song addresses coping with change, grief, and loss and was written for adolescents and adults. Nick says people can listen to the lyrics and peaceful melody and feel relief or validation for their own feelings of loss, sadness, or frustration.

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer(s). If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer(s) for information on downloads.

Contact the composer(s) at rydern@spu.edu


"He’s Got This"

“He’s Got This” was written by Laura McKeon, a music therapist at Marklund and Touch of Music. 

This song addresses coping with change, grief, and loss; identifying positive coping skills; and seeking social support. It was written for adolescents and adults. Laura says, “Caregivers/family and therapists can sing this song to clients to their facilities/homes.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer(s)


"Who’s Behind The Mask?"

“Who’s Behind The Mask?” was written by Matthew Erion, a music therapy students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. You can find them online at www.smwc.edu.

This song addresses wearing a mask and coping with change, and it was written for young children. Matthew says, “This would be used as a "name" song with young children. In an actual intervention, one might call out the child's name before the next round of the song is to be sung. I used the names of some children that helped me with using this song in a mock session.”

The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer(s)


"I'm Fine (But That's a Lie)"

“I'm Fine (But That's a Lie)” was written by Nicole Moore, MT-BC with Production/Engineering assistance by Lucas Norton.  Nicole is a music therapy business owner at Aspire Music Therapy.  You can find them online at www.aspiremusictherapy.com.

This song addresses coping with change and coping with grief/loss and was written for adolescents and adults.  Nicole says, “‘I'm Fine (But That's a Lie)’ provides a structure for lyric analysis and discussion on grief, change, disappointment, and feeling overwhelmed by the events of this year. To compliment this song, a discussion guide can be found on Aspire Music Therapy's website under ‘Blog.’”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads at nicole@aspiremusictherapy.com.

 


"Smile Under There"

“Smile Under There" was written by Elizabeth A Ferguson, MT-BC a music therapy business owner at Granite State Music Therapy, LLC.  You can find them online at https://www.granitestatemusictherapy.com/

This song addresses wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) and identifying positive coping skills and was written for early childhood and children.  Elizabeth says “If it is uncomfortable wearing a mask it can be fun to talk about what people's smiles look like under their masks, what makes them happy, use their imagination and more! This can help bring positive feelings about wearing a mask and seeing others wearing masks.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer at GraniteStateMusicTherapy@gmail.com

 


"Vaccine 2020"

“Vaccine 2020” was written by Dorothy M. Schaettle, a music therapy student at Sam Houston State University.  You can find them online at https://www.shsu.edu/academics/music/ensembles-divisions/division/therapy/music-therapy-grad.html.

This song addresses coping with change, coping with grief/loss, identifying positive coping skills, and seeking social support.  It was written for adolescents and adults. Dorothy says, “I see this song as a way to vent frustration with the circumstances they have found themselves in due to the pandemic.  The dynamics of the song increase throughout the song, and the tempo of the song lends itself to percussion accompaniment.  The lyrics are meant to promote discussion about topics related to the social upheaval that our country has undergone over the last 12 months.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • Contact the composer at dschaettle@gmail.com.

"Many Things Are Different, But Some Things Are The Same"

“Many Things Are Different, But Some Things Are The Same” was written by Steve Sullivan, MT-BC.  a music therapist at Twin Cities Music Therapy Services.  You can find them online at http://www.twincitiesmusictherapyservices.com/index.html.

This song addresses coping with change, coping with grief/loss, and identifying positive coping skills and was written for children, adolescents and adults.  Steve says, “Parents and caregivers could use this song to validate feelings and start a conversation.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads at steve.sullivan.songwriter@gmail.com.

"Learning"

“Learning” was written by Josie Brown, MT-BC & Sara Olmann, MT-BC, music therapists at TrustBridge.  You can find them online at https://www.trustbridge.com.

This song addresses coping with change, identifying positive coping skills and

seeking social support.  It was written for adolescents and adults.  Josie & Sara say, “‘Learning' was created to prompt discussion about the effects of change, continuous learning involved, and the importance of self-care. It validates the sadness & isolation that one might feel, especially with visitor restrictions or other social limitations in place. I encourage others to use this song in lyric discussion or songwriting!”

  • The composers gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composers
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composers in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composers for information on downloads at brown.josulynne@yahoo.com.

"Thinking About You"

"Thinking About You” was written by Matthew Bessette, MT-BC, a music therapist at LifeLab Kids Foundation. You can find them online at lifelabkids.org.

This song addresses coping with grief and loss and was written for early childhood populations. Matthew says “I can see children using this song when they are missing friends, teachers, or other significant figures in their life due to the current situation we are all facing. They can experience the sadness of not seeing somebody, and use the song to let that person know they are are thinking about the.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • Contact the composer at matthewdb1987@gmail.com

"Irish Blessing for Comfort"

“Irish Blessing for Comfort" is original music by Jen Conley, MT-BC, LPC with lyrics taken from a traditional Irish blessing, author unknown.  Jen is a music therapy business owner at Conley Music Therapy & Instruction, LLC.  You can find them online at jenconleymusic.com.

This song addresses coping with grief/loss, identifying positive coping skills and support and comfort.  It was written for adults and end of life support.  Jen says, “For comfort and support, to combat a sense of isolation, to have a sense of unity despite hardship.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • Contact the composer at jen@jenconleymusic.com.

 


"Quarantine Time"

“Quarantine Time” is a parody of Neil Diamond’s song “Sweet Caroline.” It was written by Ciele Gutierrez, Nora Veblen, MM, MT-BC; Manny Carvajal, MM, MT-BC; Valerie Williams, MM, MT-BC; and Aitor Lujan, Music Therapy Intern, a collaboration between Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and Florida State University.

This song addresses hand washing, wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing and/or no contact precautions, and coping with change.  The song was written for children, adolescents and adults. The composers say, “We originally created this song for colleague support and morale to offer something to relate to. We could also see parents using this song to showcase the benefits of social distancing with their children. Lastly, we use this song as a model to showcase that projects and fun social activities can still be accomplished while social distancing.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • Contact the composer at ciele.Gutierrez@TMH.org.

 


"Wash Your Hands"

“Wash your hands” was written by Ryan Olmstead. a music therapy business owner at Descant Music Therapy, PLLC.  You can find them online at www.descantmusictherapy.com.

This song addresses hand washing and was written for early childhood and children.  Ryan says, “One of the first instructions we received when COVID hit was, ‘Wash your hands frequently’ so a song about washing hands seemed appropriate.  I have used this song with my private clients, and sent it to family members with younger children and the teachers at the school I work at have included it in their classrooms to encourage hand-washing with their students.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads at ryan@descantmusictherapy.com.

 


"DEAR MAN"

“DEAR MAN” is a parody of the Tones and I song “Dance Monkey” and was written by Bailey Hinz, MT-BC, a music therapist at DBT Music Therapy.  You can find them online at https://dbtmusic.thespiegelacademy.com/.

This song addresses seeking social support and communication skills.  It was written for adolescents and adults. Bailey says, “this song could be used to remind ourselves and our clients how to effectively communicate when discussing controversial or sensitive issues.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • Contact the composer at bihinz@gmail.com

 


"In This Together"

“In This Together” was written by Kari Podboy, MT-BC & Kate Leonard, MT-BC music therapists at Huntsville Hospital.

This song addresses wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), coping with change, identifying positive coping skills, and seeking social support.  It was written for adults. Kari says, “this song could be used for staff support and community education.”

  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.
  • Contact the composer at karipodboy@gmail.com.

 


"Changes Everywhere"

“Changes Everywhere” was written by Bonnie Houpt, MT-BC, a music therapy business owner at Rhythmic Roots Music Services, LLC.  You can find them online at www.rhythmicrootsmusicservices.org.

This song addresses wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing and/or no contact precautions, coping with change and identifying positive coping skills.  Bonnie says “this song was written for adults with disabilities in mind but could work with a variety of ages.  I see this song being used by music therapists as a songwriting intervention to problem solve positive coping skills and validate difficult feelings in times of change.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

 


"School's a Little Different This Year"

“School's A Little Different This Year” was written by Stephanie Leavell a music therapy business owner at Music For Kiddos.  You can find them online at www.musicforkiddos.com.

This song addresses hand washing, wearing masks, coping with change and was written for early childhood and children. Stephanie says, “Teachers, parents, and music therapists can use this to normalize masks, hand washing, and online learning.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads at musicforkiddos@gmail.com.

 


"Back to School"

“Back to School” was written by Audra Eletto, MT-BC, LCAT, a music therapist at Northwell Health.

This song addresses hand washing, cleaning protocols, wearing masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing and/or no contact precautions, coping with change and normalization of feelings.  It was written for early childhood.  Audra says, “This song teaches children about the differences they may experience as they return to school during this time of COVID-19.  It also acknowledges the possibility that they will experience uncomfortable feelings.  This song attempts to validate and normalize these tough feelings, while also promoting a message of positivity.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads.
  • Contact the composer at audraeletto@hotmail.com.

 


"Put It On"

“Put it On!” was written by Wrenn Compere, MT-BC owner of Mad River Music Therapy.

This song addresses mask wearing and was written for early childhood and children. Wren says, “Parents and caregivers can sing this song with their kids to normalize the challenges of wearing masks (and the relief of taking them off at home!).”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information on downloads at wrennmusictherapist@gmail.com.

 


"Share Some Music"

“Share Some Music” was written by Marie Reddy, a music therapy intern at Village Hospice.  You can find them online at https://www.jkvhealthservices.org/hospice/.

This song addresses hand washing, cleaning protocols, wearing masks and other PPE, physical distancing, coping with change, grief/loss, identifying positive coping skills and seeking social support.  It was written for early childhood through adults.  Marie says, “I envision music therapists singing this song to patients during virtual sessions. This is due to its focus on being with others figuratively if not literally. The song could also be applicable for music therapists beginning to resume in-person sessions with the awkward new additions of social distancing and masks. Lastly, this is a song music therapists can share with the general public to explain how we are doing our part by sanitizing instruments, wearing masks, and conducting virtual visits. It highlights how everyone can follow infection protocol and utilize music as a coping tool and force for connection in a world currently so fragmented. The line about keeping germs far away both adds subtle humor while sending out a serious plea to society to work hard to protect others, especially the vulnerable populations music therapists serve.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer. Contact the composer at marie.c.reddy@gmail.com.

 


"Masks and Capes"

“Masks and Capes” was written by Erin Seibert, MA, MT-BC & Kelly Morris, MT-BC, music therapists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.  You can find them online at https://www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/.

This song addresses universal masking and was written for children, adolescents and adults.  Erin & Kelly say that the song is about “raising awareness for universal masking in a children's hospital.”

  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer(s) in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer(s) for information on downloads at eseiber2@jhmi.edu.

 


"Wear Your Mask"

“Wear Your Mask” was written by Gail Healy, MT-BC owner of Drum Song.  You can find them online at www.Facebook.com/YourDrumSong.

This song addresses mask wearing and was written for all ages.  Gail says, “I wrote this song to be used by parents, caregivers, and therapists to help individuals increase their comfort level in wearing a mask. If you know someone who is not taking to their mask, may I suggest the following progression: - listen to the song without a mask present, - sing or fill in words of the chorus and have fun with the "sneeze", - when ready, have a mask present, then wear for a small portion of the song, - use lyrics as talking points I.e. where do you like to go that you might need to wear a mask?  - reference the song when transitioning or out in the community.”

  • The composer gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.

 


"Coronacholy"

“Caronacholy” was written by Glen Helgeson, a music therapist with MacPhail School Of Music.  You can find them online at https://www.macphail.org/.

This song addresses coping with change, coping with grief and loss, seeking social support and mood vectoring and emotional identification.  It was was written for adolescents and adults.  Glen says, “I can use this song to talk about the emotional impact Covid -19 has on our mental health.  I can use it to start a discussion on how it feels to be socially isolated and having a lack of purpose due to the pandemic.”

  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing at glen@worldviewmusic.com.

 


"Wear a Mask"

“Wear a Mask” was written by Meryl Brown MM, MT-BC, DT and Morgan Rocke MT-BC, music therapists at Developing Melodies Music Therapy Center.  You can find them online at www.developingmelodies.com.

This song addresses wearing a mask and was written for early childhood and children.  Meryl and Morgan say, “Parents, teachers and caregivers can use this song to assist children in wearing their mask and remembering proper mask hygiene. This song serves as a reminder that we are all wearing masks together.”

  • If you wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition, contact the composer(s) in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing.
  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer(s) for information on downloads at hello@developingmelodies.com.

 


"Social Distancing"

“Social Distancing” was written by Jeff Lehman, MT-BC, owner of Archtop Music Therapy. You can find them online at archtopmusictherapy.com. This song addresses social distancing and was written for children. Jeff says, To get kids to remember how many feet apart to stay from others, six footprints are used in the video to illustrate the 6 feet (or 6 step) distance. The lyrics also remind kids of other prohibited activities, such as hugs, high five, wrestling, and tag.

  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information at jeff@archtopmusictherapy.com.  

 


"It’s Okay Not To Be Okay"

“It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” was written by Rachel Rambach, MM, MT-BC, owner of Music Therapy Connections. You can find them online at MusicTherapyConnections.org. This song is about acknowledging and expressing emotions, and coping with change, grief, and loss. Rachel recommends that this song be used by music therapists, teachers, or other leaders in group discussions with children, teens, or adults to address the emotional challenges brought on by COVID-19. 

  • Rachel gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use the composition at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer. Others who wish to perform, record, or reprint (lyrics, chords, melody) the composition should contact the composer in advance of the performance/recording/written work for information on permissions and licensing. If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information at rachel@musictherapyconnections.org.

 


"When You Cough, When You Sneeze"

“When You Cough, When You Sneeze” was written by Jeff Lehman, MT-BC, owner of Archtop Music Therapy. You can find them online at archtopmusictherapy.com. This song addresses basic hygiene and was written for children. Jeff says, Growing up I learned to cover my coughs and sneezes with my hands. This was standard practice at the time. Problem is, those cough and sneeze germs in your hands can then be transferred onto any object you touch. The CDC guidelines have only changed in the past 10-15 years: cough or sneeze into your elbow!  Coughs and sneezes can come on suddenly. Often there is no time to think and you must subconsciously react. This is why the chorus of the song is repeated over and over and over again. I hope that you find it catchy! The song verses give information on why using your elbow is important and give some alternatives: use hand sanitizer or soap and water if you cough or sneeze into your hands and use a tissue (if you have one) to cover your coughs and sneezes. 

  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information at jeff@archtopmusictherapy.com.

 


"Clean"

“Clean” is a parody of Taylor Swift’s song “Mean” and was written by Lorena LiMato, music therapy student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. This song can appeal to any age group. Lorena says, “it's a funny way to look ahead to the payoff of following the restrictions -- being safe and COVID-19 free.” 

  • Lorena gives permission to MT-BCs, interns, and students to use this song parody at any time following the AMTA conference with credit to the composer.  

 


"You Need a Face Mask"

“You Need a Face Mask” was written by Jeff Lehman, MT-BC, owner of Archtop Music Therapy. You can find them online at archtopmusictherapy.com.  This song addresses mask wearing and was written for children. Jeff says, “As the coronavirus rages on and businesses open up, some places are requiring that customers wear face masks. Even if it’s not a requirement, wearing a mask is a sensible idea. This song explains how to put on a face mask and why wearing a face mask in public is important.  Though not explicitly using the words “if” and “then”, the lyrics present an if/then statement. If you wear a mask, then you can go where you want to go. If/then statements are useful behavior tools for people of all ages. For example, If you eat your vegetables, then you get dessert; or if you do your job, then you get a paycheck. Places are shown in the video, but not named in the song. You may choose to use the song along with your own pictures or photos of places that your child enjoys.” 

  • If you are interested in a download of the song, contact the composer for information at jeff@archtopmusictherapy.com.