“Sequencing Movement Picture Dance” activity lesson plan for music therapy for Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall season.

Goal: to stimulate attention span and language development

Objective: Students will select a card, describe the card, and imitate the action depicted in the card. Students will perform the action suggested by several pictures in a row creating a dance movement pattern to a meaningful song.

Materials:  a song (I find instrumental is better bc the children don’t get distracted by the words,) mp3 or cd player, pictures depicting actions.

Method: Therapist calls a child and asks him/her to select a picture. The child identifies the action depicted and comes up with a related movement. The therapists asks questions regarding the picture and helps the student answer (who is that, what are they doing, he is moving his____? Show me how you do that.)  The therapist asks several students to select a picture and then encourages the children to do each movement in sequence – creating a sort of dance.  Put on the music (I like instrumental) and move along.  Remember that less verbal students can show comprehension by pointing, gesturing, or moving.  There are many ways to answer a question.  If you need help, ask a Speech therapist or teacher to guide you.

Adaptations: Have the pictures correlate with a unit or topic the classroom teacher or other therapist are presenting.  I often do seasonally related movements.  Being that it’s nearly January 2013, pictures can include zipping a coat, pulling on boots, making snow angels, throwing snowballs, drinking hot cocoa……

How to use this site: LYRICS pages – Polar Bear Winter song for preschool, kindergarten children / kids.

Hi! This is just a good opportunity to show you that there are some great lesson ideas incorporated in the Lyrics Pages. This particular song is under the lyrics for the Move CD. Just as it. Each song has lyrics, chords, and benefits/learning objectives.  These are usually listed after the song. The VIDEO link ( so you can hear the melody) is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biH48n5-qzY
Benefits:This song helps with listening and pretending skills, both needed for cognitive development.Other uses:    It also stimulates attention (to the movements of the mother and baby bears,)
 as well as auditory anticipation and vocalization of “Grrowl!” The repetitive “growl,                                                                growl, stomp!) gives a sense of sequencing and energy/vocal release.
 
5. GROWL, GROWL, STOMP
 
        Dm                                               Gm     Dm        A7
The polar bear looks for her cubs with a growl, growl, stomp.
     Gm       A7        Dm
The polar bear looks for her cubs with a growl, growl, and a stomp.
     Gm                              Dm                                                     A7
She (they) breaks the ice, and catches a fish, and holds it in her paws.
Dm
She (they) eat it up, and goes to sleep in the land on Santa Claus.
 
 The baby bears roll in the snow with a growl, growl, stomp.
 The baby bears roll in the snow with a growl, growl, and a stomp. 
The polar bears throw the snow with a growl, growl, stomp. 
The polar bears slide down the ice with a growl, growl, stomp.
 
Benefits:This song helps with listening and pretending skills, both needed for cognitive development.Other uses:    It also stimulates attention (to the movements of the mother and baby bears,)
 as well as auditory anticipation and vocalization of “Grrowl!” The repetitive “growl,                                                                growl, stomp!) gives a sense of sequencing and energy/vocal release.

“Speechy Hot Potato” music & speech therapy activity

-Age: 0-5 and up
-Goal Area: Language and auditory processing
-Name of Activity: Hot Potato
-Objective: Children take turns being it: answering questions and playing the xylophone
-Materials: prepared questions appropriate for group, xylophone
-Method: Play a song meaningful to the group, and have the children pass a maraca around the circle.  When the music stops, the child holding the maraca must answer a question.  Invite the speech therapist into this process if you can.  (If the group is non-verbal, have the child follow a direction.)  That child then goes to the center of the circle and plays the xylophone while the process is repeated.  Continue until everyone has had a turn answering questions and playing the xylophone.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Sing to any age-appropriate song.  An non-fascinating example is as follows:
Tune: Wheels on the Bus, or any other kid song. As you see the words are easy to adapt.
Lyrics:
C                                                                    G                       C
Shake the maraca and pass it down. Pass it down. Pass it down.
 
Shake the maraca and pass it down.
G                         C
Until the music stops.

“River Flow” music therapy song for vocalization and oral-motor skills (great speech therapy song!)

Age: 0 to 5 and older
Goal Area: Language (expressive / oro-motor and receptive)  SEE VIDEO Page
Name of Activity: I love to watch the river flow by Laurie Berkner’s   Rocketship CD   (Check out the melody on you tube.)
Objective: Children will vocalize during the chorus and perform the directions presented during the verses.
Materials: Lyrics and children (see videos)
Method: Sing the song and encourage to vocalize during the chorus. (A toy/real mic will help.) Model the directions given through the verse.
Adaptations: (optional)  Make it an artic song and put various consonants before the vowell/s, vary the one-step direction.  (doo-dah, or boo-bah, or eee-ah depending upon the needs of the group.  
Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie at musictherapytunes.com
 
Walk Along The River  (look under the video section)
  D
When I walk along the river (I take a step, I take a step, I take another step)
 
[repeat 2x: first time using a C chord, then using a D chord ]
 
      C            G                     D
 I love to watch the river flow 2x
… … … … 
 
   chorus:    G                                   D                           
       It goes ooh wah ooh wah   Ooh wah ooh wah   
    A7                                                 D
  Ooh wah ooh wah   ooh wah ooh.  (repeat one time.)
 
    Verse 2:  When I Jump Along the river….
    Verse 3:  When I dance along the river….

“Two-Step Direction Song” music therapy lesson plan for kids

-Age:  6 to 12 and younger
-Goal Area: social skills (but also physical and language skills, too.)
-Name of Activity: Two step directions
-Objective: Clients will take turns naming ways to move and then moving in those ways- two movements per verse.
-Materials: “ Two-step directions” adapted from  “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair,” from South Pacific.  (You can find the melody on you tube.)
-Method: Ask two children to think of a way to move and incorporate their suggestions into the song lyrics.  Give everyone a turn.
-Adaptations: provide an entire verse for one child/motion.  Make different classifications of movements such as “how can you move your hands,” or
“Show me a slow way to move,” or “how do you move when you’re sad.”  Of course you can pick a different melody if you like. 
-Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella of Music therapy tunes. com
An example of this would be: (providing you reflect the childrens answers.)
     (G)            C            C/B               C/A    C/G   
I’m gonna clap my   hands and  turn around.
(repeat two more times.)
          Dm                            G7
Good job Manuel and James.    End last time on chord “C.”

“Tony Chestnut” silly music therapy / education activity for children

-Age: 6 to 12 and younger
-Goal Area: Cognitive (attention span)  Very similar to Chester
-Name of Activity: Tony Chestnut
-Objective: Same as above
-Materials: Kids keep up
-Method: Sing it.  (Of course the boys may get carried away with this one.)
-Adaptations: for increased auditory discrimination try singing loudly, softly, quickly, slowly, with various emotions. Leave out an importaint word but maintain it’s sign. (Like John Brown’s Baby or Bingo)
-Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margielessonplans@gmail.com
-Melody used:  “What do you do with a drunken sailor?”  Chords:  Am/// G/// Am/// G/Am/
 (Note: I think it is SO funny that in my day, I learned this in school song with all it’s lyrics. People would be arrested for teaching this today! Well, it does end up showing the various consequences of getting drunk on the job! LOL) 
 
Lyrics:  To-ni  Chest-nut  knows I love her. Repeat 2 more times.  That’s what To-ni knows.
 
Motions: Point to your toe-knee (Toni)  chest-head nose self- heart -point over there.

“Chester” a music therapy / education activity for children of all ages

-Age: 6-12
-Goal Area: Cognitive (Attention span)
-Name of Activity: Chester
-Objective: Kids perform the movements while singing the song.
-Materials: Chester
Method: Kids keep up.
-Adaptations: for increased auditory discrimination try singing loudly, softly, quickly, slowly, with various emotions. Also a good song for “audiation” where you remove the a word but keep it’s motion. (Think John Brown’s baby or Bingo.)
-Submitted by: Margie@musictherapytunes.com  
-melody used: Yankee Doodle (the motions are under the lyrics.)
                                                                                                                                                          
Chester      have you heard about Harry? Just got      back from the   army.  
 touch chest      then      ear……         .. hair.  Chest then   back                    arm-then self . (as in Me)
 
 I hear he knows how to wear a rose.
Ear           nose                   circle finger near your heart 
 
 Hip-hip-                           hooray for the                         army.
Touch 2 hips…………       shout hooray                            arm-self.    

“Two little Blackbirds” teaches opposites! music therapy / education activity for children

-Age:  6-12  (Also works for 3-5s)
-Goal Area: Cognitive: Understanding of opposites (great special education activity and speech therapy song.)
-Name of Activity: Two little blackbirds
-Objective:  Kids will sing and dramatize the lyrics along with the therapist. 
-Materials: Song. Kids. Objects (puppets, toys, concrete examples) with the qualities mentioned in the lyrics can help foster understanding of the concepts involved. 
-Method: Sing. Act out. Have the kids come up with their own opposite verses.  Any animal will do. Use puppet, too. Make up your own verses and have the kids help. 
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Melody: ABC song
 
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill. One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack. Fly away Jill. Come back Jack. Come back Jill.    
(I actually teach Goodbye Jack, Goodbye Jill…..)
 
Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud. One was quiet and the other was loud.  Fly away quiet. Fly away loud. Come back quiet. Come back loud. 
 
Two little blackbirds shopping at the mall.  One was large (big) and the other was small…  
 
…………were getting very old. One was hot and the other was cold………… 
  
………  sitting on a stick.  One was healthy and the other was sick…….    
 
……….sitting on a kite.  One was heavy and the other was light…   
 
……….Henry and Moe.  One was fast and the other was slow…. 
  
………Buffy and Brad.  One was happy and the other was sad           
 
………doing the hop. One liked to wiggle and other liked to stop. ….         
 
 ……..feeling rather grand. One liked to sit and the other liked to stand……

 

 
 
 

“What do we do in the Winter Time” a music therapy song for elementary aged students (and younger.)

-Goal: To improve verbal language and to allow the children to contribute to the song lyrics.
-Name of Activity:  What we do in Winter time.”
-Materials: song, and pictures things people do in the Wintertime.
-Method: Familiarize the children with the song. Ask them what they do in the winter and incorporate their responses.  You can act out the verses if you wish.
-Submitted by:  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Melody:” I heard the bells on Christmas day”  Note- you can sing this song all winter long.
                         E                                                            A                      B7
-Words:  I made a snowman out of snow in winter time, in winter time.
                   E                                                            A                                   B7     E
              I made a snowman out of snow in winter time when it’s cold out.  Brrrrrrrrrr.

Greg and Steve “Good Morning” music therapy Hello Song intervention for kids

Goal Area: Socialization, also language
Name of Activity:  “Good morning to you”  by Greg and Steve  on the CD “We all live together. Vol 2”  Hear a sample at amazon
Objective: Kids will sing the song with you.
Materials: Song  “Good morning to you”  by Greg and Steve  on the CD “We all live together. Vol 2”  Hear a sample at amazon, itunes or you tube.
Method: MT sings the first greeting and the kids sing the second. Repeat and continue.
Adaptations: (optional)  Share an instrument and sing in pairs,  Change the words to “Good afternoon, good afternoon to everyone. Our class is beginning so let’s have some fun.  Good afternoon. Good afternoon to everyone.  Substitute a name exchange back and forth ie:  “Good morning to Gregory”  “Good morning miss Margie.”  (repeat) Gregory you can play it then pass it down the line.  Give it to Evelyn. Greg you did just fine.
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margielessonplans@gmail.com
Lyrics,chords, solfege, melody used:  “Good Morning” by Greg and Steve  in “We all live together. Vol 2”
 
D       G       D     D     G       D              A                            
Good morning. Good morning. Good morning to  you. (repeat) 
         Bm          F#m                      Asus                A    D          G   D       D       G      D       A   
Our day is   beginning  there’s so much to  do. Good morning. Good morning. Good
 
     A                  D
 morning to   you.