WoodSong Resources, Classes, & Professional Development

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Celebrating 30 years of Service with Senior Adults




Professional Development Workshops and Sessions for Senior Adults

with Dawn Wooderson Ph.D.


  •  At local, regional, and national conferences
  •  At your staff or volunteer development program
  •  At support groups for care-givers

Favorite Topics . . .

  •  Harnessing the Power of Music for Health, Healing, &  Palliative Care
  •  Musicians and Your program
  •  Music, Spirituality, Religion, Aging
  •  Music, Exercise, Creative Movement, & Relaxation
  • Music in the Last Days
  • Teaching and Training the Next Generation of Activity Professionals
  • Cognition, Activities, Resources, Evaluations, and You
  • Spirituality, Religion, Music, and Older Adults
  •  Using Instruments for Speech, Memory, and Creative Thinking
  •  Music and Imagination
  • Orff-Schulwerk for Senior Adults (sacred and/or secular music
  •  Brain Power!  -  sessions for Adults; training sessions for Professionals
  •  Extending and Maintaining your Career Growth in Life Enrichment Services
  •  Orff-Schulwerk in Sacred Places - churches, schools, community centers, elder-care.
  •  Over 25  music programs for senior adults.

Who Attends . . .

  •  Social service, Activities, and Health-care professionals
  •  Chaplains, church musicians, and church laity
  •  Musicians serving in senior adult services
  •  Family and friends who are care-givers

Recent Presentations . . .

bullet National conferences:

Brookdale Foundation Bi-Annual National Conference, Denver, CO. October, '13, Denver, CO  Nov. ’10, Oct. ’08  Nov.  ’06. Nov.  ’04, On-line Chat, Jan 06
American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Annual Conference, St. Louis MO. November 16-17, 2012
American Society on Aging Annual Conference: Denver CO, April, 2002;  Orlando, FL. March 1999.
National Association of Activity Professionals, Colorado Springs, CO  April, 2000 
National Senior Adult Convention (Church of God), Gatlinburg TN, April 23,2002
SpiritSound Music Explosion, Cleveland, TN, March 1, 2001; March 5-6, l998.
Panel Member:  Music for the Older Adult, Music Educators National Conference, Cincinnati, April, 1992

  •  State and Regional Conferences: 

Washington State Activity Professionals Association, Richland, WA.  September, '13
Colorado Association of Activity Professionals Annual Conference, Denver June '16, Pueblo, June 13, '13, Denver, June 9, ‘06,
      Sterling, June 7, 07,  (invited for June  ’08), Pueblo, June ‘09

Wyoming Activity Coordinators Association,  Casper, October ’09
Minnesota Activity Directors Association, St. Cloud, October ’09
Kansas Activity Directors Association, Wichita, October '08, October ’09
Montana Health Care Association, Billings, September, ’09
Iowa Activity Directors Association, Ames, September, ’09
West Virginia Health Care Association Annual Conference, Charleston, May 9, ’07.

Alzheimer's Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, Brain Day, Oct 23, Denver, 2003
Alliance Training Center, Columbus OH, June 12, 2002
Ohio Health Care Association Annual Convention, May 22 2002, May 9, 2001
AAA Senior Focus 2000, Belton TX  March 29, 2000
Texas Baptist Senior Adult Summit, Waco TX  March 21, 2000,  Belton TX, March 25, l998
Texas Association of Activity Professionals Annual Conference, Austin, June 19, l998
Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aged Annual Conference, Dallas, May 19, l998
The Salvation Army, Older Adult Ministries Officer’s Training, Atlanta, GA. January 22, l998

Professional Development Workshops for Texas Nursing Home Activity Prof./Social Workers:
     Beaumont, October. 10, l997; Mt. Pleasant, August. 29, l997
; Pasadena, August. 15, l997;
     Bryan, August 13, l990

McLennan Community College, Certification Course for Activity Directors.  Waco, TX 1989, 1990.
BGCT Conference for Church Musicians:  Waco, TX, July 29, l997

Texas Governor's Conference on Aging, Austin, December 1-3, 1997

  •  Universities and Colleges:

Lee University, Cleveland, TN.  Adapting Sacred Music Experiences for Frail Seniors,  September, 2016;  Guest Lecturer in Music Education/Careers, March 9,12, 2012
Baylor University, Waco, TX  , The Institute of Gerontology, Guest Lecturer in Music in Aging
     April 19, 2000, September 14, l998, February 2, 1998, September 19, l997
Lee University Celebration 2000, Cleveland TN  November 3, 2000

H.H.Reynolds Academy for Adults, Baylor University, Waco TX  May 26-27, l999, May 26-29, l997
McLennan Community College, Waco,  Sessions in Continuing Education
/Certification Course for
     Activity Directors
National Course for Activity Professionals, 1998, 1990, 1989

  •  Some of the Music Programs and Brain Power classes for Senior Adults at Local Sites:

Music Volunteer for Older Adult Communities (senior centers, nursing homes,
                 retirement communities, assisted-living centers, memory care homes) 1987-present
            St. Andrews Village, 2017 - present

Garden Terrace Alzheimer's Center  2013-2016

Sunrise Senior Care Cherry Creek  2015-16

GracePointe, Greeley 2010-13; 2015-16.

Malley Senior Center Sept 14, ’11, Oct 3, ’11,
           Juniper Village at Louisville, Dec. 7, 2012, Aug. 9, ’11, Nov. 16, ’11, Juniper Village Memory Care, Denver, April 25, ‘11
           The MAC Senior Center, Jan. ’09 (scheduled for June ’09)

Denver Housing Authority, Casa Loma, April ’08, Mountain View, May ’08

Highlands West Senior Residence, Wheat Ridge, CO, June ’07, December ’07, May ’08, Nov. ’08, Dec. ’08.

Aurora Center for Active Adults, Aurora, CO, Fall, ’07, Spring ’08, February ’09.

Courses in Music Literature and Aerobics of the Mind/Brain Power at Heather Gardens Community Center, Aurora, CO:

     6-10 week courses in Sum ’03, Fall ’03, Sum 04, Winter ’04, Spring ’05, Winter ’05, Fall ’06, Winter ‘07,
                 Spring ’07, Fall ’07.

Easter Seals Stroke Patients Day Services, Lakewood, December ’05, December ’06, December ‘07.

Boulder Senior Center, Boulder CO, September 27, 2005

Active Options, Foothills Park and Recreation, Jefferson County, October 12, 2005, March 9, 2005

Seniors’ Resource Center, Staff Development, Wheat Ridge CO, September 30, 2004


Other events include: 


Denver, Colorado: Bella Vista, Juniper Place, Cherry Creek Retirement, Cherry Oaks, Berkley Manor,
                Brookdale Heritage, Dayton, Harvard, Sunrise, Christian Living, Quincy, residential communities, Johnson ADC,
                Total L. Care ADC, Littleton AARP, Centennial Lutheran, All Saints Lutheran, Clear Creek Church, senior adults
                at other residential communities, senior centers, churches.

N. Georgia: Specialty Care, Epoch, Noble Village, Tara Plantation, White Oaks at Lanier, Beverly HC, Savannah
                 Court, Churchill Manor, Elmcroft, Manor on the Square, Cumming Nursing Center/AL, other sites, 2001/2002;
                 Life Enrichment Services (Shepherds Center), Atlanta Northside, January 16, 2003, Atlanta Midtown,
                January 24, 2002, Decatur GA, April 26, 2001; Roswell GA,  July 27, May 17 2001; Atlanta N., May 22, 2001.

    Cumming (Georgia) Business Fellowship, April 13, 2002

    Forsyth County Senior Center, Cumming, GA, April 24, 2001

    Senior Adults Fellowship, Mt. Paran Church, Atlanta.  1982


Texas: Lake Shore Estates, 1999; St. Catherine Center, 1997-1999; Ridgecrest Retirement and Health Care,
                 1998-1999; Jeffrey Place, Waco TX., 1990-91; Congregation Aguduth Jacob, Waco senior community centers,
                  Waco ISD, 20+ other sites in Central Texas.  

      American Council for the Blind Support Group, Ft. Worth, October 3, l998

      Central Texas Senior Ministries, Waco.  November-December, 1988.


  •  Other employment:

Wheatridge Presbyterian Church, CO, (Choral Director/Music for Children, part-time),

     February - May, 2017;  February 2006-December, 2008.

NCSPearson Professional Testing Center (part-time) May 2003-June 2008.

Cherry Creek Schools, CO  Substitute teacher (intermittent), February 2004 – 2006.

The Seniors’ Resource Center, CO, (Coordinator, PR/Marketing, part-time, Feb. 2004-Feb. 2005)

Pearson Educational Measurement – SAT Essay Scoring (part-time), 2005

Denver Public Schools, CO (substitute teacher) 2004

Denver Ambassadors (part-time, temporary) 2003-2005

Baylor University School of Music (part-time)  1989-1998

Southern Methodist University (Head, Music Education) 1984-1987

The Pennsylvania State University (Graduate and Undergraduate faculty) 1977-1984

The Florida State University (Teaching Assistant) 1975-1977

Cleveland City Schools, Tennessee (Music Teacher) 1971-1974

Public School Music Teacher in Durban, South Africa 1968-1971

Church organist and/or director of choirs (part-time)  Cleveland TN and Durban, South Africa 1964-1974

Medical Transcriptionist Pathology Laboratory  Durban, South Africa 1959-1964                                              

Selected Publications


Creative Forecasting, Colorado Springs, CO  (other essays to be added to this list asap)

Creative Forecasting, Colorado Springs, CO  August 2013.   Music and Imagination
Creative Forecasting, Colorado Springs, CO  August, 2012Music and Activity Directors Working in Harmony.
Creative Forecasting,
Colorado Springs, CO  April, 2012Songs and Colors
The Choristers Guild,
Dallas, TX.  April/May, 2012.  Singing in the 4th Quarter.
More than a Sing-Along,
The Communicator, www.jjonline.com, July 2001 (see Extra Resources on this website)


Music Books:

Sacred Schulwerk:  An Intergenerational Approach to Orff-Schulwerk


Songs of Faith, Melody edition, large-print hymn book (3rd edition)

Songs of Faith 1, sound recording CD and cassette

Songs of Faith 2, sound recording CD (in production)

Songs of Faith 1, Words edition, extra-large-print hymn book

Songs of Faith 2, Words edition, extra-large-print hymn book (in production)

Songs of Faith, Accompaniments/Choral edition, large-print hymnbook

Cross-Reference to 19 Hymn Books, an 86x19 matrix used for planning services


_____  with N. Marsters, 2006, 1997, Guitar Ensembles  Class Guitar Resources, Tall., FL.   www.ClassGuitar.com

_____  with Welch & Hartmetz, 2006, Guitar Ensembles Volume 2    Class Guitar Resources, Tallahassee, FL.


Musicians in Health-Care and Social Services, planning manual for activity professionals, community center managers,
    and musicians.   WoodSong Publishing, Aurora, CO.  September, 2009.


Extending Music Ministries for Older Adults, planning manual for church musicians, clergy, and laity    (in process)



Related Research and Publications:

Contributing author, 1997, Strategies for Teaching Series: Elementary and Middle-Level Chorus.
    (Music Educators National Conference, Reston, VA.)

_____  with B. L. Bennett, 1995, What is “old” in songs for children? 
    Presented at Baylor University Institute for Gerontology, Waco, January, l996 and the Research Session of the
    Texas Music Educators Conference, San Antonio, February, 1995

_____  with B. L. Bennett, 1995, When the bough breaks:  Death and dying in song literature for children.
Presented at the Research Session of the Texas Music Educators Conference, San Antonio, 1995

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