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.

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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!)

 

 

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

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

TOP TEN Summer Music Therapy songs for Kids (by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes)

Baby Shark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyamCXEqa5g

Three kids went Fishing in a Boat by Margie La Bella:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QqF3pckLik

She Sells Sea Shells (music together)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yktc3gIuO6o

Going on a Bug Hunt, Bug Bite Song (Remove it,) Do-ah-Ditty Swim, A -Camping we will Go, Can you Move with Me, Baby Bumble Bee are all up on my Summer Blog:  http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp//?s=summer

Fireflies by Anna Moo http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/moo2

Under a Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq-0JiKs2hc

Down by the Sea by Red Grammer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=722KF_8pChE

Alligator Stomp by Anna Moo http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/moo2

Animals in Action by Jack Hartman  http://www.songsforteaching.com/animals/animalsinaction.php

 

 

Fun Birthday Song for children’s or elderly Music Therapy Group by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes

This was a spontaneous, group song that happened during a group instrumental “jam.”

The teacher called out “It’s Luke’s Birthday today” while we were playing “Skinamarink” for Valentine’s day.

We suddenly joined in (WITH Luke’s permission!!) a verse of a birthday version of the old standard.  It went like this:

G

Skinamarinky dinky dink. Skinarmarinky duke.

G………….. Am

We love Luke.   (Rhyme likewise for other people’s names.)

Am…………….. D7……………. Am……………….. D7

Skinamarinky dinky dink. Skinarmarinky duke.

AmD7….G…G7

We love Luke.

G……………………………………………….G7

We love you in the morning and in the afternoon.

C………………………………….A7………………….D7

Happy happy birthday underneath the moon!

G…………………………………………………………E7

Skinamarinky dinky dink. Skinarmarinky duke.

A7…D7….G

We love Luke.

 

 

 

“Name that Sound” easy auditory discrimination and memory activity for music therapy and education by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes.

This is great! So easy and so useful!  I got some great cloth bags from BearPawCreek and used them to store instruments.  But I had one or two extra.  I put all my instruments into a bin and used the bag to scoop one up without the children being able to see what I was doing. Then, I played the instrument with my hands inside the bag and asked the kids to tell me what they heard.  We repeated the game for several common rhythm instruments and the class loved it!  We then followed up with a group instrumental song.

Good for the following skills: auditory discrimination, auditory memory, expressive language, attention span and focus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has been a blog by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes on the use of alternate

adaptive notation systems for children, adolescents, and adults who contend with

autism, add, adhd, down’s syndrome, down syndrome, ptsd, trauma, psychiatric issues,  learning disabilities, ld, cp, and all the rest of us. Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

Dinosaur Dance “Walk the Dinosaur” music therapy & ed movement routine performance song for children and older children by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

Everybody walk the Dinosaur

-Age: preschool and up

-Goal Area:  attention, sequencing, memory, impulse control, fun, left right concepts, and left – right brain hemisphere stimulation.

-Objective: Folks will follow  the movement sequence of the dance/movment routine.

-Materials: Accompanying instrument, group, possible recording of song

-Method: Sing – demonstrate – do.  Our kids gravitated to the drumsticks playing the Boom chacka lacka. They got a kick out the words, as well. The topic is HOT with kids.  The verse’s movements are repetitive.  The chorus took time. For quite a while we just opened the door. They we spoke about all the silliness of walking a dinosaur. After that class we opened our “doors” and walked our pet dinos. Some time later, we were able to stamp on the floor as well. Some of the kids could do it, some couldn’t but it didn’t matter.  I actually had a class of  older 3’s perform this for their parents at graduation.  Old kids can jazz it up and make it more “current.”

-Adaptations: Slow the song down, adapt the motions to be more or less physical depending on your kids, your goals, and the purpose of the song.  Ours was to perform at graduation. Lots of programs have a dinosaur unit at one time or another.

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.

-Melody and one version of routine with young children:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Or0-bwKowA

-Composer:Apparently, the original lyrics are not very child friendly. Luckily, Queen Latifa did her magic in “Ice Age 3” the movie. The original song was written by the band “Was, not Was” in 198

The recorded song moves quickly and has a bit of a repetitive verse.  I used some free programs (Audacity) to slow the entire song down and cut out one chorus at the end.

Here’s my video one  on how to do that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBsi6CJDI1g&list=UUgrobQWPddNj_kjegxjgV8w

Lyrics to Walk The Dinosaur 

Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom

Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom
Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom
Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom

 

(We do this song seated. You can certainly stand if you want. Our group imitated the kids in the video and played air-drums twice then gave a hip shake for the acka-lacka booms.)

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It was a night like this forty million years ago
I said I’ll be your friend, I go wherever you go
I heard the sound of drums
Didn’t know they where from
Wherever i was it started to buzz
And know I’m having fun

.  .  .  .

.  .. .. ..
(For this verse, we did “rainbow claps;” by clapping with both hands on the left side of the body, arching the right hand back to the right side then bringing the left hand to meet it and so ending with clapping both hands on the right side of the body.  Then visa versa.I’ll word it nice and sanely- – clap on one side, make the rainbow and then clap on the other side. )
Everybody walk the dinosaur (Both hands on the right side like dinosaur claws.)
You can do it, do the dinosaur (Both hands on the left side like dinosaur claws.)
Put your back into it, do the dinosaur (Claws on the right.)
they’ll be shocked, do the dinosaur (Claws on the left.)

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Open the door, get on the floor ( Pretend to open a door, stamp your feet 3x)
Everybody walk the dinosaur (Pretend to walk your dino like a huge dog.)
Open the door, get on the floor (Repeat…..)
Everybody walk the dinosaur

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Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom….

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I met you in a cave, you were painting buffalo
I said I’d be your friend, I go wherever you go
That night we split a rattlesnake and danced beneath the stars
You fell asleep, I stayed awake and watched the passing cars.

(During the second verse, we clap our hands under one leg and then the other throughout.)

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Each part is done the same for each repetition. If you use the music track, there is an instrumental portion during which we made faces and postures like 4 different dinosaurs)

Open the door, get on the floor…….

Everybody walk the dinosaur
Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur
Open the door get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur
Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur

Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom
Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom
Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom
Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom
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“When I’m Gone” Cup Song: 8 music therapy and ed variations for use with preschoolers, kindergarten, and teens and adults.

The Cup Song post
1- intro
2.- cup pattern method
3. words and chords
4. variations with differing populations
-Age: Various ages
-Goal Area: A variety of goals including coordination, sequencing, memory, frustration tolerance,
fine motor skills, creativity, cooperation, leadership, problem solving, lyrics discussion and many more.
-Name of Activity: “When I’m Gone” aka: the Cup Song featured in the move “Pitch Perfect.”  the song was written by A.P. Carter and is most recently sung by Anna kendrick.
-Objective:  Some objectives are written below
-Materials: Cups, music, and participants
– Medody: see this video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26Uftr-jWz4
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Lyrics and chords:
How to do the motions: a) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bqjTVGnlBg
The rhythm of the cups sounds like this: ta ta ti ti ti (rest) ta ta ta.
Ta ta ta ta ta ta ta
How to Do the basic pattern:
Start with glass up side down
1. 2 claps (tat a)
2. hit top of cup 3x (ti ti ti)
3. clap once
4. pick up the cup (from the bottom, which is face up)
5. put it back down.
6. clap once
7. pick up the side of the cup – grabbing it (awkwardly) with your hand “upside” down.
8. tap the top of the cup to the inside of the other hand.
9. stand the cup right side up.
10. pick it back up silently with the other hand.
11. put the first hand down on the table.
12. put the cup back into position with your free hand, cross it over your resting hand.

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Here is a trickier way b) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5zuY4Nprk0, I don’t do it this way bc I already spent 500 tries learning the first way. My personal goal now is to sing and use the cups together.
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 C
I got my ticket for the long way ’round
Am                            C
Two bottle ‘a whiskey for the way
F                          Am
And I sure would like some sweet company
G                                   C
And I’m leaving tomorrow, wha-do-ya say’
CHORUS —————————————–
         Am
When I’m gone
F
When I’m gone
C                             G
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
Am                  G
You’re gonna miss me by my hair
F                  C
You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh
G                             C
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
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C
I’ve got my ticket for the long way ’round
Am                            C
The one with the prettiest of views
F                   Am               C
It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers, it’s got sights to give you shivers
G                                  C
But it sure would be prettier with you
CHORUS —————————————–
         Am
When I’m gone
F
When I’m gone
C                             G
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
Am                  G
You’re gonna miss me by my walk
F                   C
You’re gonna miss me by my talk, oh
G                             C
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

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Play song with or without the video. Have kids just invent ways to make interesting sounds on their cups. (creativity, problem solving, attention to ask….)

Have sub-groups of children come up and experiment with creating sounds.Have the children come up and take turns leading one method of sound production of their cup. The group imitates. (social skills, cooperation, compliance, leadership, relinquishing roles……)

Invite the group to create their own 2,3,4 etc. step patterns. How many steps can they create, remember and perform? (memory, sequencing, creativity, cooperation…..)

Have the group invent ways to pass the cups among members as part of their routine.  Video of passing cups: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr0FLbg7CRI   You could always just alternate between who plays their cups and who rests for a time. (focus, turn taking, cooperation, dealing with mistakes….)

Have the groups pass their cups to the person on their right or left only when they hear the word “gone.” (attention span, focus…..)

Of course there are some good discussions that can come about as a result of relating the lyrics to the people’s lives. This song could be about the loss of a loved one (or not-so-loved one) , appreciating aspects of  people in your life, and other related topics.  If you think your group could go deep on this song, be sure you feel comfortable processing feelings or have a support person there.  Play out your feelings.  Re-write the lyrics individually or as a group. ( verbal and non-verbal self expression, processing of emotions…….)

Please let me know how YOU use this song and activity with the people in your life.

 

Submitted by Margie La Bella of Music therapy tunes; music therapy and music education activities for children, adolescents and adults.