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320. Premises for…..

I wrote them for my thesis at New York University. They were based on the model of music therapy that I had set up for the nursing home where I worked.  The page is titled: Twelve Premises of the Model. They are written in spaces created out of a circle—a mandala—so none is more important than any other.

See each person whole—also yourself—also the setting.

Make contact with each person, musical if possible.

Be alert for change within the person.

Be aware of the long-term nature of the work.

Use large groups to accomplish goals, gather information, do individual work within.

Use small groups to target problems and populations.

Work on your attitude about aging and death.

Use individual work to end isolation and to work with persons who appear to be dying.

Build a music history with each person.

Maintain two balances—your time and energy; the kinds of work you do.

Stay aware of the reality of deterioration.

Find a song of connection.

It’s a little bit interesting to read that list now, thinking not of working in a nursing home but of living my life at age 79. A lot of them still work.

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