“1,2,3,Whee!” a great movement and vocalization music therapy activity for kids of all ages

1,2,3, Wheee!   Song by Eric Litwin of the “Pete the Cat” series.

Love this Song: Why is it so good? It’s totally appealing and easy to  interchange words. Think about getting kids to vocalize and explore sound! Sing about sneezing or hiccuping.  Have the kids suggest a word within a category or thematic unit, such as: “1,2,3, Pumpkin!”  Let the children come up with ways to move or ask an OT or PT what movements they think would be beneficial to sing for your group.  

By itself, this song is great for following one-step directions over time and is useful for receptive language and motor skills.  I tell the older children to freeze until the command lyric is given so it adds an element of impulse control, waiting, and audiation (knowing and hearing something in your mind. Think of the clapping in the song “Bingo.”)

Personally, I think this song could be used with other age groups and populations all the way through geriatrics. It may be the fun motivating stimulus to elicit an increased range of motion (ROM) and encourage exercise. Change up the style if need be.

Listen to the melody at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpq9lxIyb8w  

(click and drag link, then right click and select “go to ……”

Style: Big Band
Lyrics and Chords:

 1 2 3 Whee!  (D7)

1 2 3 Whee!  (D7)
1 2 3 Whee! (G7)
1 2 3 Whee! (D7)
1 2 3 Whee! (A7-G7)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (Aaug or D)

  1 2 3 Jump!  (Same chords each verse)

1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 Instrumental Jam verse. I like to incorporate move and freeze.  On the same chords. Sing some Jazzy scat.

1 2 3 Shake!

1 2 3 Shake!

1 2 3 Shake!
1 2 3 Shake!
1 2 3 Shake!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 Another Instrumental verse.   Have the kids think of how to move for this verse.

1 2 3 Twist!

1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 1 2 3 Whee!

1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
 
 
 
 
Please send in any activities or musical processes  that you use with children, adolescents or adults of all ages and abilities. These could be activities for use for kids, adolescents or adults that have autism, adhd, add, down’s / down syndrome, speech language delays, oral-motor issues, physical disabilities, mental health issues, conduct disorder, cerebral palsy and other issues that we human have to contend with.  I’m also interested in any activities for people dealing with health issues, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chemical dependency, other addictions, grief, cancer, pain management and any other life issue.  I have just installed a “spam” locator which means that I’ll actually get the mail as mail. Please email me at margie@musictherapytunes.com and put activity in the subject line. Give yourself (or the author/composer)  all the credit you want or remain anonymous. Thank you!! – Margie La Bella at music therapy tunes
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