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On this site you’ll find quality songs for teaching kids of all ages – from toddlers to teens.

There are music therapy songs to teach language skills, social skills, and conceptual skills. The tracks are filled with songs for following directions, music for teaching auditory and listening skills. There’s quality children’s music for parents, grandparents, music for educators, education, OT and PT, dance teachers, gym teachers, there’s music for special education and …the children of course! You can test it out (listen) on the music page. More info at the bottom of this section.

The music therapy lessons plans page is for anyone curious to learn about and employ music therapy activities for children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. I tried to include activities for parents of special needs children to try at home as well as student and professional therapists. Please send in your own ideas and we can work toward a music therapy data base. Included are lyrics, chords, and solfege. Solfege is not necessary because lots of melodies to songs can be found on google or youtube.

The lesson plans page contains the music therapy song lyrics and chords for each track on my CDs. Benefits of each song, additional uses and adaptations are written out as well. You can see how many songs have a vocal and a motor component, so that every child can join in.

The music therapy blog page has useful info for parents, teachers, student music therapists and professionals. I’ll put new ones up as I can. Current topics include: how to write a good song (song writing for parents and teachers), how movement impacts learning (whole brain learning through music) and more.

I’m also interested in topics you’d find helpful there.

I hope to get some music therapy videos up soon. There’s also FREE quality music therapy songs on the Music page.

FYI: many songs address objectives related to music therapy and autism, motor skills, speech and language delays, apraxia, down’s syndrome, PDD, ADD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, behavioral disorders. (I welcome you to send in music therapy lesson plans and activities for pain management, childbirth, adolescent and adult pysch, traumatic brain injury, geriatrics and more.)

Music Therapy Tunes Reviews:

Margie La Bella receives PAL Award from Sherry Artemenko,

Speech Language Pathologist at PlayOnWords.com!

Move! Sing! Play Along and Sing! CD’s for Therapists and Parents

I learned about this wonderful set of CD’s created by music therapist and educator, Margie La Bella, when she submitted them and won a PAL Award.  According to her website, “Her CD series Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn! is a collection of original participation-based songs and dances designed to spark the imagination, playfulness, and language learning (expressive, receptive, and auditory/listening) of children. It is available to parents, grandparents, teachers, special education centers, therapists, music/dance/gym instructors and all those who are young at heart.” Margie loves music for the joy it gave her growing up and has a passion to share that with every child, with and without learning challenges. She has intentionally written and performed songs, rhythms and sounds to build specific skills for language learning. Here is my review of her PAL Award winning CD’s:

The “Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!” CD series is a treat for parent and child or teacher and class.   Margie La Bella’s pleasant, soothing voice is easy to understand as she gently encourages kids to listen and learn through music.  As a music therapist and special educator, she has written and produced lively entertaining songs for all kids introducing them to pop, jazz, folk, rap, swing, reggae and world music styles. The first CD in the series, “Move!” focuses on building receptive language skills as kids follow directions to “rub your tummy until the music stops,” follow the “Multi-Step Blues,” or learn concepts in the “Opposite Jam.” Move on to “Sing!” and enjoy vocal play and expressive language as kids learn to follow fun syllables that lead to a song about Mister Monkey or the Leeway Train with related actions to match the rhythm. The “Play!” CD builds auditory discrimination and processing as kids move to the sounds of rhythm instruments and their homemade band–imitating and learning soft/loud, slow/fast, matching movements to representative musical patterns and instruments. Raise your arms up and down to the slide whistle, or  stamp your feet to the drum as sounds and directions are combined to build memory. Finally, “Mixing it Up!” combines the lessons learned and gets kids moving, singing and playing  because now “I’ve Got the Music In Me.” “Body Rap” is one of my favorites as, “I saw my hands and they started to clap, I thought of my nose and my face started humming, my whole body started to move and my shoulders got in the groove” as movements are added while matched to a body part and rhythmic phrase. So gather the kids around to move to the music and maybe in the middle of all the fun, we’ll produce some good little listeners.

 

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“I hope to run into you somewhere maybe at a conference or workshop so I can give you a big hug!  You are saving me as I start my first Music Therapy job.  I love your resources.  Thanks a million!” – M. C., MT-BC

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“I just want to say that your videos inspired me to teach the kids. I really want to be the best I can be as an elementary school music teacher. I’ll try to fit the curriculum with your materials and go
from there.  I remember learning an echo song that I liked very much and just didn’t remember the simple words to it. It’s called – “Hello there” echo, “how are you” echo… etc. Anyway, I put the key words on You tube and I found you!! Isn’t that great??”  – J. M.

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“..It wasn’t until I was working in  ….   that I found out about the world of sensory.  I thought to try sensory music soon after and found your website.  It turned out to be the magic cure, and I was diagnosed to have an autism component soon after.  …. I listen to your songs on headphones and it re-calibrates my brain.  Your music has literally taken me out of severe anger on the spot. … I just want to let you know that it’s not only young kids your helping. Your music has helped me.  ”  -Z.

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” The first words out of her mouth was the song that I have taught the kids…”Open your Mouth and Sing Ahhhh!” And then words just started happening! We are ALL excited for this little girl and her family.”    – M. L.

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Music therapist and special educator Margaret La Bella presents Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!, a set of five music CDs for children of all ages, meant to do more than just entertain. Drawing upon pop, jazz, folk, rap, swing, reggae and more styles from around the world, this series encourages children to participate, promoting their development through interaction. “Sing!” consists of action-packed songs with words and simple sentences that children can voice, promoting speech and auditory skills. “Play!” includes songs about movement, body percussion, and the use of simple rhythm instruments, encouraging children to develop their motor and rhythm skills. “Move!” features plenty of action-driven songs about following directions and learning simple physical and motion concepts. “Mixing It Up!” blends singing, movement, body percussion, and the use of simple rhythm instruments into a joyful, interactive whole. And “Sampler” collects two songs from each of the previous four albums into an eclectic medley. The entire series is a choice pick for elementary school libraries, parents, babysitters, and children’s parties.
– Jim Cox at Midwest Book Review

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Margie is an excellent writer of children’s songs, is a caring performer, with a very “kid friendly” sensitivity. – – Anna Epstein Kravis, nationally know children’s performer and recording artist.

“My children love them. They keep playing it over and over. Even my two-year-old knows all the words.!”
– Patricia F. Teacher and mother of two

“It integrates well with the general music curriculum, and works great with the inclusion kids. My students ask for it every lesson!” “I keep it in my emergency substitute kit.”
– Carole Pearce, MS Music Ed.

Also: The Film Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn! series has been honored with the Award of Excellence tribute. Rhythm is the pulse of life by which all matter thrives. Music Therapy Tunes has taken this understanding to heart and packaged a collection of lively and lovely tunes about…. creatures and animals, anatomy and notable elements that children respond to with sound and movements. These cognitive steps are essential to understand the world around them… what makes this wonderful CD (series) so special is the talent and style that is the trademark of Music Therapy Tunes.

 

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