Need some closure?

Ever get stumped for some closing song ideas? Here are two songs that can be great for any populations.

The first was a song I wrote for my first practicum.  The children loved it because it’s easy to sing along to, it’s catchy and it gives them an opportunity to fill in some blanks.

Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye.

So long. Farewell. Goodbye.

Everybody stretch up high.  Everybody say “Goodbye.”

We had so much fun today, but now it’s time to wave (wave) and say.

Goodbye, Goodbye.  Music is all done.

The second is a song I used for my second practicum. I picked the song up from National Conference in a session about the Jamaican Field Service Project.  It is called “Buddhist Blessing”, and it’s great for adults and older populations. It can be used and adapted to fit the needs for most clients.  For my client with Primary Progressive Aphasia, the song was used as a building block.  In our first session, my client chose his own specific words that would be put in the song.  They were wrote out for him on index cards and at the close of every session we would sing the song, and he would use the cards to fill in the blanks at the appropriate time.  The song was recorded for him at the end of our sessions.

May you be filled with (blank) and (blank)

May you be well

May you be (blank) and (blank)

May you be happy. May you be happy.

Thanks for checking back.  Comment with questions, comments, or suggestions!




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3 responses to “Need some closure?

  1. Kristen

    The second song you posted is actually called Buddhist Blessing. We used it a lot on the Jamaica trip! The words we used were a little different but it definitely did work great in a bunch of different populations. It is definitely a song I’m keeping in my repertoire for future work 🙂

    • Awesome Kristen! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you went on the Jamaica trip because I’ve been wondering where that song came from since Nov. My client really took to it this past semester… def a good idea to keep it in your rep. ❤

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