Two Butterfly (Spring) Music Therapy Activities for Children 1. Instrumental 2. Drama

The Caterpillar songToday, one of my four-year-olds made a brilliant connection and it spurred a whole new

activity that would fit in any spring and/or butterfly unit!

 

I picked up a white “knock-knock” egg (one of a pair of wooden oval spheres that I bought for a dollar at a craft store) and said “look, a caterpillar egg!”  Griffin then pointed at the fish/guirro and exclaimed  “and that’s a chrysilis!”  Love it!!

 

So for the rest of the day, we had the life cycle of a butterfly in instruments right in front of our eyes, and then our ears.

 

Two eggs were the caterpillar’s eggs.

Two short rainsticks were the caterpillars.

Two fish standing up were the chrysilises

and two group of  two tambourines held together were the two butterflies. 

 

Griffin made my day. 

 

We then alternated between having each group of children come up front and playing their specified instrument in turn,  and having the entire group play together.  To make this easier, the kids placed their instruments under their chairs until I played an obvious musical cue (big V7 chord)  and said “let’s all play together, everyone.” 

 

Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

Sample words:

D……..C…….D…….D……C……..D….G……………….D……….D……..C…..D

Everybody play. Everybody play. Let’s join in together. Everybody play.

 

Then as each smaller group came up with their specific instruments, I sang something like:

 

Let’s listen to the eggs.  Let’s listen to the eggs.  Amber and Ellion great! Let’s listen to the eggs. 

 

We had a ball.  It tied in with the classroom lessons and it was something NEW for this veteran MT to do all day! 

 

After that all we acted out the words to my Caterpillar Song on the floor and around the table.

If you can’t move around as such, this original tune can be done while seated!

http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?ms_song=the-caterpillar

 

 

 

 

Yo- Ho, Pass the Anchor! A music therapy activity social skills game for elementary aged students

Ages: Elementary School

Variations can be done with children as young as 3 and 4.

Purpose: To improve social skills. To attend, cooperate, take and relinquish turns

and share with a friend.

Yo-ho pull the anchor. Yo-ho pull it now.

Yo-ho pull the anchor. Who is the captain now? (I am the captain now.)

We modify the song and sing “Yo-ho Pass the Ring.”

and “Stop. You’re the captain now.

Link to melody is below.

Equipment: A drum, xylophone or other instrument/toy to share.   Lyrics. A buddy band or elasto band threaded through a ring or other “threadable” object. (Mental picture: a bead on a necklace.)   The ends of our buddy band detach and we put a ring from a toddler ring stacker toy through it and pass that from person to person. You can put rope or paper around the buddy band if you need.

Sit class in a circle and have everyone hold the buddy band with the ring.   Practice passing the ring from child to child. When the children can do that, then sing the song while the children pass. Sing the song through and Stop as the lyrics cue.   Invite that child to play the instrument in the middle of the circle while the children sing and pass again.   Continue until each child has a turn.

Variations:

Ask a question to the child who has the ring on a topic relevant to the needs of the group.

Ask the child to share with a friend. Make sure everyone has a turn to choose and friend and to be chosen.

Have each child answer the question “Who is the captain now?” by answering

“I am the captain now.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLB-M4ZKEKk

 

 

 

by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy tunes.

Conscious Discipline song for kids on Identifying Feelings by Margie La Bella

Our school has adopted a wonderful philosophy on teaching kids and adults about their feelings.  It’s called conscious discipline and it’s all about dealing with feelings in the moment and using them to foster positive relationships – even when it gets “messy.”

Here is a song that I adapted to help the teachers and kids in our school learn a specific way to identify feelings.

Title: When I’m feeling happy.

Tune: Apples and Bananas

Words: Margie La Bella

………………………C……………………………………………….Dm7

My mouth goes smile*, smile, smile when I’m feeling happy.

…………………..G7…………………………………………….C

My eyes go shine, shine, shine when I’m feeling happy.

……………..C…………………………………….Dm7

My arms go clap, clap, clap when I’m feeling happy.

…………………G7………………………………….C

My feelings come and go and that’s just fine.

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My mouth goes   (frown, frown, frown) when I’m feeling sad.

My eyes go (sad…. or look down….or whatever)   when I’m feeling

My arms go (flop, flop, flop) when I’m feeling

My feelings come and go and that’s just fine.

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My mouth goes (grr… or frown.. or mad) when I’m feeling angry.

My eyes go (small…..) when I’m feeling angry.

My hands go fist, fist, fist (or tight)   when I’m feeling angry.

My feelings come and go and that’s just fine.

———————————–

My mouth goes (aah, or brrrrr or other…..)

My eyes go open, open, open, when I’m feeling scared.

My hands go tight, tight, tight, or … when I’m feeling scared.

My feelings come and go and that’s just fine.

*or whatever you’d like to describe

“What do our feelings tell us?” a song for Conscious Discipline about the messages our feelings give us

Here is a song we use for part of the conscious discipline group that I co-facilitate.

The purpose of the song is to help the adults and children about the messages that our feelings

give to us; a good way to respond to situations.

Tune: Comin’ Round the Mountain when she comes

Words: by Margie La Bella of musictherapytunes.com

Lyrics and chords: 

D

Sadness tells us breath and get a hug. (Squeeze, squeeze)

D…………………………………………..A

Sadness tells us breath and get a hug. (Squeeze, squeeze)

D……………….D/C……..G/B…..E

Our Feelings have a message to tell us.

A……………………………………………D

Sadness tells us breath and get a hug. (Squeeze, squeeze)

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Scared tells us breath and ask for help. (Help me.)

Scared tells us breath and ask for help. (Help me.)

Our Feelings have a message to tell us.

Scared tells us breath and ask for help. (Help me.)

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Anger says calm down and use your words. (Big voice!)

Anger says calm down and use your words. (Big voice!)

Our Feelings have a message to tell us.

Anger says calm down and use your words. (Big voice!)

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Happy says Let’s share a smile (Say cheeze!)

Happy says Let’s share a smile (Say cheeze!)

Our Feelings have a message to tell us.

Happy says Let’s share a smile (Say cheeze!)

 

 

Self-Regulation take-a-breath Song for children by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes (uses conscious discipline techniques)

Conscious Discipline Hokey Pokey Breather

A good song to encourage and foster self-regulation/calming.

You take a big breath in…..

You take a big breath out….

You take a big breath in….

And again you let it out….

You can do the ___ breath.

You can learn to calm. (Or I’ve got no doubt, or Don’t need to shout or whatever works best for your group.)

That’s what it’s all about.

Think of different ways to breath and sing those types of breaths in the place of the word “big.” Sing about that particular way to breath. Our school sings about……

The big breath, the balloon breath, the snake breath (ssssssss,) the mommy breath (shhhhh) the spiderman breach (whoosshhhhhhhhh) and more.

 

A good song to encourage and foster self-regulation/calming.

check out the Conscious Discipline Website at http://consciousdiscipline.com/about/conscious-discipline-for-teachers.asp

 

 

 

 

Instrument ABC Videos Playlist for students. Whole alphabet with Instruments from A-Z .

Hello friends,

I compiled this you tube playlist last year for use in our school.  The videos pair each letter of the alphabet with an instrument– often several.   There are several age groups represented from the very, very young to kids to teens and adults, too.   The instruments are from all over the world and so this could compliment cultural and geography studies in any class.  For certain music therapy populations, think  “Instrument Bingo,” “Name that instrument,”or Musical “Hangman.”

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMloq6gO7g34c1WZdbT5ORMhEBbtNBXyL

This link is immensely helpful as it has the instruments in alphabetical instrument, gives a short history of each instrument and offers a sound bite as well.  https://www.imit.org.uk/pages/a-to-z-of-musical-instrument.html

Great song for a new School Year. Good for Conscience Discipline. “There’s No One Else Just like ME!” music therapy song activity for children

Goal: to improve self concept, joint participation, eye contact, body part vocabulary etc.

Source: It’s been handed down from person to person all the way down to me. Please let me know the writer so I can give credit where credit is sure due.

There’s no one else like me.

………….D……….G…AsusA…D

There’s no one else just like me.

………….D……….G…AsusA…D

There’s no one else just like me.

………..G……..OOOOO..D

Like me. Like me.

…………..A…………………..D…………G………….D

There’s no one else like me. Like me. Like me.

………….A…………………..D

There’s no one else like me.

–  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  =-

Middle section:

…………………….A……………………………D

From the top of my head to my wiggly toes.

……………………..A…………………………..D

From the back of my ears to the tip of my nose.

–  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –   –

 

……..G……….D………………A…………………..D

I’m me. I’m me.   There’s no one else like me.

……..G……….D………………A…………………..D

Like me. Like me. There’s no one else like me.

-Can follow up with Hap Palmer’s

“Oh, What a Miracle am I!”      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFlVciz8aGs

and/or Laurie Berkner’s  “Me and My Energy.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEwW3lK-Vjo

 

 

 

 

TOP 10 SEPTEMBER MUSIC THERAPY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS TO START THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Top 10 September Songs

You can change up the lyrics and have songs for any goal/objective with several of these songs.

  1. Hello Everybody I’m Glad to See You aka Music Together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAfb2WNWmF0
  1. Frank Leto’s Hello Everybody Clap your Hands .   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pFNu-2IK0M
  1. 15 Hello songs Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHya0irmbB4 compiled by yours truly.
  1. 12 Goodbye Songs Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKTvlLlnga0&feature=iv&src_vid=VHya0irmbB4&annotation_id=annotation_140187

Audio down load of both medleys here: (You may have to click for it once, then once again. I’m having a website glitch:   http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/free-mp3-downloads/

  1. Another Great Song is Yo Gabba Gabba’s “Stand Still” on the above page. The video link with chords and words is here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfRaqiQ6eQU
  1. Frank Leto’s Move your Dancin’ Feet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY6a48yyjGE

BTW, Frank Leto has some excellent songs for older children. Here’s my favorite album:   https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/FrankLeto1   Great for Auditory discrimination, auditory memory, focus and attention.

  1. Stand Up Sit Down https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=196QjYsc8PQ
  1. M0ve and Stop
  1. Sing/Play an Echo Song
  1. How ‘Bout You by teaching Englishhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MKmbyfhkkE
  1. 7 Days in a Week Jack Hartman

 

  1. Greg and Steve have an excellent ABC Rock

and

 

13.Number Rock

 

  1. ABC from Songs at my Speed by Margie La Bella

 

  1. Me and My Energy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEwW3lK-Vjo

 

Bonus: Elephants have Wrinkles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRvMB9zJvsg

 

Bonus:Go Seek with the Moon by Eric Herman

 

Bonus: 1,2,3, Whee

 

 

FREE MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS on YouTube! Great for Music Therapy Activities and Music Education Lessons. By Margie La Bella of MusicTherapyTunes.com

What’s the News??  https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/soundeffects

Where is it?  You Tube!  From My Channel’s Video Manager you’ll see the  Creator Studio where  you will find Create where you have three choices.

1. Free music   2. Ad supported music and 3. Sound Effects

Why is this so awesome??!   Think of all the activities you can create with these!   They come is different categories so you can address home sounds, animal sounds, tool sounds; varied things from people’s daily experiences.

Goals could range from attention/ focus, to expressive language, auditory desensitization,  to fine motor manipulation of small objects (think sound bingo chips) to song writing.

Some potential activities could be: Sound Bingo, Name that Sound, adding sound fx to song writing activities. I find playing “Name that Sound” a wonderful and effective way to focus and calm a group of wiggly preschoolers who need to learn  What can YOU come up with??You tube act page 1YouTube Audio Library 2

The Bird Song; a quieting calming activity song with motions for music therapy / education for young children by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

cute head shot with head feather2

Up in the Sky Song Activity

This is a nice quiet centering song that tends to focus and calm the children.

It’s good after a more active activity or toward the end of a session.

Way up in the sky (jump high)
The little birds fly (flap arms)
While down in the nest (form nest with arms)
The little birds rest (hands next to head like napping)
Shhh! They’re sleeping. (stage whisper shh! say quietly they’re sleeping)

With a wing on the left (fold left arm under)
And a wing on the right (fold right arm under)
The little birds sleep (hands next to head like napping)
All through the night.
Shhh! They’re sleeping. (stage whisper shh! say quietly they’re sleeping)

The BRIGHT SUN COMES UP! (as in itsy bitsy spider)
The dew goes away (hands like tinkering on a keyboard)
Good morning, good morning, the little birds say (point to class members)

 

Optional 3rd stanza: Up comes the sun. Down comes the dew.

Good morning,   good morning, good morning to you!

or Good afternoon to you, you and you.

 

Melody is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2IfK86PZvI

I learned the melody with a variation in the second line that goes like this:

g c e a,   d dc d c   or sol do mi la,   re re do re do where the 5th and 6th go lower than 1/do/c