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September 2022: Songbook Hall of Fame

This month's resources pay tribute to the lyricists, composers, and performers of the Great American Songbook who helped to create “the soundtrack of our lives” with their contribution to American Popular song. Enjoy the timeless melodies written or made popular by Songbook Hall of Fame members George and Ira Gershwin, Nat King Cole and even one of this year's upcoming inductees, Judy Garland!


This month's songs:

  • "I Got Rhythm" (Listening)
  • "High Hopes" (Singing and Discussion)
  • "Orange Colored Sky" (Movement)
  • "Over the Rainbow" (Singing)
  • "Lotus Blossom" (Listening)


Video Resources

Consider playing or viewing these videos on a Smart TV, computer, tablet, or mobile device. Keep in mind these general musical considerations in your set-up! Access videos on YouTube.



Activity Resources

This is your one-stop-shop for activity outlines, lyric sheets and visual resources! We hope these will be helpful to care partners who are planning musical activities for those in their care.


We recommend printing the *Activity Outline to follow along with our video resources. All activities, lyrics sheets and visual prompts are included in the packet.


September Activities Packet


Special thanks:

Thank you to the Indianapolis Opera for making this month's "Over the Rainbow" listening activity possible. We have loved hosting singers from the Indy Opera over the last several months and look forward to more collaborations in the future!


Additionally, thank you to our founder Michael Feinstein, Indianapolis-based jazz pianist Christopher Pitts and Songbook Academy alumni Olivia Broadwater and Peter Fulton for lending their musical talents to this month's programming. 


Additional Resources

In addition to our activity resources, please reference our technology and activity tips, as well as our additional considerations for working with an individual with dementia and/or cognitive decline.


We also encourage you to follow our Spotify account and access our generational playlists as we continue to build helpful playlists with timeless songs that may resonate with those in your care.



Mark your Calendar:

So that you can plan ahead, preview our upcoming themes below:


  • September - Celebrating the Songbook Hall of Fame
  • October - Autumn
  • November - Plenty to be Thankful for
  • December - Happy Holidays!


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