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

 

 

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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“Going on a bug hunt” summer song for kids via music therapy / education for preschoolers, kindergarten, and elementary aged students by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

Age: 3-8 
Goal area: Expressive and receptive langauge, abstraction (pretending) 
Method: Sing and do.
Adaptations: Make up your own parts of the stories. Have each bug be represented by it’s own instrument and played while moving/when the other kids move. 
 
Original Author Unknown on the site http://www.preschooleducation.com
Chanted like “We’re going on a bear hunt”

We’re going on a bug hunt!
We’re going to catch some big ones.
What a sunny day! Are you ready? OK!

Oh my! A bee!
A black & yellow bee,
Flying over the flowers.
BUZZ…..

We’re going on a bug hunt!
We’re going to catch some big ones.
What a sunny day!
Are you ready? OK!

Oh, my! An ant!
A tiny, black ant,
Crawling through the grass.
Shh…

We’re going on a bug hunt!
We’re going to catch some big ones.
What a sunny day!
Are you ready? OK!

Oh, my! A grasshopper!
A big, green grasshopper,
Hopping around the tree.
Boing, boing…

We’re going on a bug hunt!
We’re going to catch some big ones.
What a sunny day!
Are you ready? OK!

Oh, my! A butterfly!
A pretty, orange butterfly,
Floating in the sky.
Whoosh, whoosh…

We’re going on bug hunt!
We’re going to catch some big ones.
What a sunny day!
Are you ready? OK!

Oh my! A spider!
A big black spider,
Creeping on the tree. Creep, creep…

 

 

 

 

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!!

“Doo-wa-ditty” summer creature song for music therapist and music education teachers by Margie La Bella of Music therapy tunes

Name: Doo-wa-ditty summer song (sea creatures)
Age: 3-7
Goal area: academics (sea creatures) language skills
Materials: Song, toy sea creatures, pictures thereof,
Method: Have each child tell you the name of a sea creature and possibly even the way they move. Incorporate the answer into the song lyrics and sing.
Adaptations: Have children pick out an instrument to represent their creature and play in turn.
Medody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR5yhKQo3dc  at 41 seconds in
Original Author Unknown from  http://www.preschooleducation.com
Sung to: “Doo-wa diddy diddy”
C                            F                              C
 There I was just swimming in the sea
              C                                            F                   G
singing Doooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee
C                                          F                        C
All the sudden there’s a dolphin next to me
              C                                     F                 G
singing Dooo wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee
           C (or just scratch strings percussively)
 
 She swam fast  (she swam fast)
 she dove deep.  (she dove deep)
 
she swam –  fast dove deep
Hey this dolphin’s pretty neat!!
 
repeat above with the following suggestions: 
 Dolphin-swimming
Crab-pinching
whale – breaching
shark swimming
mermaids plug nose and shimmy down
 
 
 
 
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
 

“The Drum Fun Song” a music therapy drumming activity idea for kids

-Age: 3-10+
-Goal Area: To improve impulse control, waiting, turn taking,sharing,  and self expression.
-Objective: Students play then drum when 
-Materials: One large drum
-Method: Children sit around the drum with hands in their lap. (This can be a feat in itself!)  MT calls two students to play together while the other children create their own rhythms on their knees, hands, chests etc.)  When the verse is done, two more children can be chosen (by the teacher or the students whose turn is now over) and the song resumes. Therapist thanks both those who  played the drum and those who created their own body rhythms.
-Adaptations: Can be used with one child at a time, or with children sitting in their chairs (and positioning the drum between two children.)  Vary the beat for the age and abilities of your group. If the song is “too young” for your group, come up with a more popular song, vary the lyrics and use it that way!  
-Lyrics and concept by Jacqueline Bartoszek
Melody: Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain.
Words:
………D
Let’s gather round and play the Drum Fun Song.
…………………………………………………A7
Let’s gather round and play the Drum Fun Song.
.D………………D7………………….G…………….
When it’s not your turn, you clap or find a groovy beat to tap.
………D………………..A7………………….D
Let’s gather round and play the Drum Fun Song.
 
 
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
 

Margie’s preliminary collection of music therapy activity ideas

http://musictherapytunes.com/AAA/Lesson%20plans%20for%20site%20August%202011gillbold9%20pt%20font.pdf   You may have to select this link,  right click and then press go to…..

“I am a Pizza” echo & participation music therapy / education lesson plan song for children

-Age: 4 to 8 plus
-Goal Area:  language,  attention,
-Objective:  This is two activities in one.  Children echo short phrases and/or put the pizza ingredients on the (paper) pizza when their ingredient is sung.
-Materials:  words and chords,  a cut out and laminated paper pizza slice and other ingredients mentioned through the lyrics.
-Method: Kids echo phrases after the therapist sings and/or puts the paper ingredients down when the therapist sings about them specifically.
-Adaptations: Try singing and making lyrics about other foods ie: tacos, salads, burritos
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes
-Melody  see youtube  http://youtu.be/76XfsSq0GPA  
-Composer: Not sure who wrote this song.  I know Peter Alsop and Charlotte Diamond have popular versions.
C
I am a pizza
………G
With extra cheese
G7
From tomatoes
C
Sauce is squeezed
F
Onions and mushrooms
G
Oregano
AmG          C Am
I    am    a   pizza
G7            C
Ready to go
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C
I am a pizza
G
Pepperoni
G7
No anchovies
C
Or phony baloney
F
I am a pizza
G
Order by phone
AmG          C Am
I    am    a   pizza
G7                     C
Please take me home
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(There are those who add a whole verse for the pizza cooking via the words: blub blub blub blub…. then continue with I am a pizza …with fresh baked crust. I am a pizza ready to bust.
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C
I am a pizza
G
Peppers on top
G7
Out of the oven
C
Into the box
F
Into the car and
G
Upside down
AmG          C Am
I    am    a   pizza G7                      C
I       am a pizza   dropped on the ground.
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(With great drama and sadness)
C
I was a pizza
G
I was the best
Am   G          C Am
I    WAS   a   pizza
G7            C
Now I’m a mess!

 I like to repeat that last part and add an

Iccy sticky gooie

Am   G          C Am

I      WAS   a     pizza
G7            C
Now I’m a mess!

 

 

“In the Winter Time, when we’re feelin’ Fine” winter activity music therapy song for children

-Age: 2 to 10+
-Goal Area: language, creativity, attention, memory
-Objective: Kids move and/or sing along to song. They come up with their own winter activities and incorporate their answers into the lyrics and actions.
-Materials: Variation of “Down by the Sea” by1991 Smilin’ Atcha Music, Inc.
Written by Red and Kathy Grammer from the recording Down the Do-Re-Mi
-Method: Sing and Do. This works best when the children are given choices of activities to choose from ie: drawings!
Of course the path and pace of the activity will determined by the group’s age and abilities.
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Melody and Words can be heard at (highlight link and right click) http://www.redgrammer.com/media/mp3/DownbytheSea.mp3
-This is an example of a backwards chaining song like “The 12 days of Christmas.”  

1. In the winter time, When we’re feeling fine.

We drink Hot Cocoa (gulp, gulp or blow air 2 times)

Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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2. In the winter time, When we’re feeling fine.

We make angles in the snow (whush, whush)
We drink Hot Cocoa (gulp, gulp)

 Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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3. In the winter time,  When we’re feeling fine.
We throw snow balls (crash, crash)
We make angels in the snow (whush, whush)
We drink Hot Cocoa. (gulp, gulp)

 Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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4. In the winter time,When we’re feeling fine.

We wear hats and gloves (push, pull)
We throw snow balls (crash, crash)
We make angels in the snow (whush, whush)
We drink Hot Cocoa. (gulp, gulp)

 Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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5 In the winter time. When we’re feeling fine.

We watch videos (look, look)……..