When I was just a little girl i asked my mother “what will i be?”

So Sunday we celebrate mothers and motherhood. I know that for some this holiday is extremely difficult. Maybe their mother was not around around or not one to be celebrated…maybe their mother has passed away…maybe they are estranged from their children or were unable to become a mother themselves. We live in a broken world full of broken hearts.

With that being said, I want to be sensitive to those who may not always find joy in this holiday as I prepare for this music therapy group. I do however hope to find some way for each member of the group reflect on the positive maternal influences and special motherly people in their lives. For those who have lost someone, to be able to smile and even laugh about days and rules in their mother’s house. For those like myself who have wonderful women who raised them, to be able to praise those women for their love, sacrifice and examples.

Warm Up/Singing

  • I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad
  • Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys (Willie Nelson)
  • Mama Don’t Allow (fill in own things didn’t allow)


  • Mama Said (The Shirelles)
  • Yes My Darling Daughter (Glenn Miller)

Lyric Analysis

  • M.O.T.H.E.R.
  • (Write our own praises/attributes that begin with the letters M.O.T.H.E.R.) 

Instrument Play

  • Make beats out of the phrases we created and chain them one at a time


  • Que Sera Que Sera (Doris Day)

Other songs not included in this session: “Call Your Mother” Johnny Cash, “Let it Be” The Beatles, “Mama Liked the Roses” by Elvis, “I’ll Always Love My Mama” The Intruders. These songs can all be found on my Spotify Playlist found here:



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