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.

 


"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.