Pete the Cat: Make you own music therapy video! Great for Literacy, language, teamwork activity idea / lesson plan

Hi friends:

I found this video on youtube and think it is amazing idea!  Create your own Pete the Cat Video with your class IF and WHEN proper consent is given by the appropriate personnel. I work with little tykes so I love this version.   http://youtu.be/0qjOVw-v3d4

Here’s another one: http://youtu.be/stJTVOZh8X8

And this is an Orff presentation with older students: http://youtu.be/uRaatxumTFo

Goals of this activity would include:

1. Language Skills.

2.  Attention, focus, and cooperation.

3. Memory.

4. Self-control (impulse control)

5. Pre- literacy / Literacy

6. Multiple Concepts (colors, numbers, vocabulary, etc.)

7. What do you come up with?  Are there other stories you could use in an activity like this one? Let me know.  🙂

5 More Graduation Songs for preschool through elementary aged children. For music therapy, music education, and beyond.

Hi everyone. Here are 5 more songs that are good for graduation and moving up ceremonies.

The original list of 20 great graduation songs for kids is right here at http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1343

1. Roar by Katy Perry: If you feel the lyrics are a bit too mature, feel free to adapt.  Haven’t used this song yet, but the chorus is appealing to kids.  I  imagine that motions can be ascribed to at least the chorus.   http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/k/katy_perry/roar_crd.htm

2. Happy: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/p/pharrell_williams/happy_crd.htm

3. Walk the dinosaur: Cute routine and good teachable song chorus:

http://youtu.be/9Or0-bwKowA

4. Pete the Cat songs:Free mp3s of each song and story at http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/feature/petethecat  You can even try making your own Pete the Cat’s Rockin’ in my School Shoes video featuring pictures and/or video of your students. IF you do that: get appropriate parental and school permission and related signed forms!

Ready for a Whole New World  Good lyric content for Kindergarten graduation.  Words may be tricky but can be modified.    http://youtu.be/Q5735xfDc30

 

This has been a blog by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes on 5 more songs appropriate for graduation ceremonies 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 on our journey. Thank you for reading.

My TOP 10 St. Patrick’s Day Music Therapy / Music Education activities for kids by Margie La Bella of MusicTherapyTunes.com

Top 15 Saint Patrick’s Day Activities

1. Seated folk dance using the song “Samsia” from “Lord of the dance.”

Here’s my write up of the moves:  http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1300

Seriously, this dance is good for preschoolers to geriatrics.

Here’s the video: http://youtu.be/ijNW-gd0SU4

2. Dancing like a Leprechaun. Post:  http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1292

3. John the Leprechaun. This song will be on my upcoming CD entitled “Songs at my Speed” under the name Dan, Dan invisible man. Here’s the post: http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1277

4. I love to use this holiday, as well as April fool’s Day to use songs that are about absurdities and use them as a language and concept building activity. Examples are

“The Elephant Song” by Eric Herman – truly magic for the kids. They love it. They “get” it. They discuss it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yihq8BIhL9c

5. My own “Miss Mary Makeover” is great for silly absurdities. It’s on my Sing CD track#6.  http://www.musictherapytunes.com/musicPlayer.html Short phrases can be either echoed and/or discussed.

6. TDNL Do-wop on Sing’s track #8.  Good for artic and any discussion on yummy/healthy/gross/inedible food.  http://www.musictherapytunes.com/musicPlayer.html

7. Music Together has a great song called “Allee Galloo.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hEKKI2B1Tw  You can dress it up for different ages. Good for vocal play and copying motor / vocal activity.

8. The Unicorn Song: Act out the animals in the chorus. And the phrases in each verse can be echoed.  http://youtu.be/h4bc9UwZsYs

9. The Rainbow song. Good for colors and signing.   See http://youtu.be/WD3-8ANlP58

10. And of course, all the old standards like “When Irish eyes are smiling,” “I’m looking over a 4 leaf Clover,” “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-rai,” ” Macnamara’s band etc.

“It’s Thanksgiving” viral song for older kids gr8 for music therapy / education by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

-Age: 6-12 (+ or – depending on population,)
-Goal Area: Expressive language skills, discussion of Thanksgiving, Families, What really happens during the holidays, feelings, socialization, etc….
-Name of Activity: It’s Thanksgiving by Nicole Westbrook,
-Objective: Kids will sing the words, and/or discuss the holidays.
-Materials: Song
-Method: Sing and/or discuss
-Adaptations: Rewrite the lyrics, draw a Thanksgiving scene from their lives, talk about gratitude and/or wishes, make your own video of the song components, play the chords of the song, record it with the kids, give each child/group an instrument sounding one of the four chords in this song and play it as a group.   What can you think of? 
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
Here’s is my home made video of the song lyrics and chords. 
 
This song is very repetitive and predictable and a bit monotonous – BUT it’s cheery and the words are positive. This all makes for a great song choice for my particular kids who have difficulties with language.  The teachers get into the pop feel of this, too.  
 
http://youtu.be/NGPxnYVjnD0
 
Chords by MusicTherapyTunes.com
A……………D ……….F#m……………E
Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh. Oh yeah.
A……………D ………F#m…………….E
Oh oh oh. Oh oh oh. Alright. Come on
 
.A……….. ………..D ……………………..F#m……………. E
I’m wide awake. And I should take. A step and say thank you, thank you.

 

A………………….D …………………..F#m……………. E
The things you’ve done. And what you did. Oh yeah. Uuu, yeah.

 

——————————————————————————————A………………….. D…………….F#m…………..A/E……….A…………. D
December was Christmas. January was New Year. April was Easter.
 ………….F#m………….. E
 And the 4th of July, but now it’s Thanksgiving.

 

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A…………………….. D ……..F#m………………….. E
Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. We we we we are gonna have a good time.
A……………………..D ……….F#m………………… E
Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. We we we are gonna have a good time.

 

A………………………….D …………………F#m…………………… E
With a turkey, eh mash potatoes eh, and we..we we are gonna have a good time.
A……………………..D …………………….F#m………………… E
With a turkey, eh mash potatoes eh,  It’s Thanksgiving.  It’s Thanksgiving. (alright)

 

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A………….. D …………F#m……………….E
School is out, I can shout, thank you, thank you, thank you.
A…………………………D ………………………..F#m… E
No matter how you do, no matter what you say, this is my favorite.
 
A…………… D…………….F#m…………..A/E……….A…………. D
December was Christmas. January was New Year. April was Easter.
 ………….F#m…………….. E
 And the 4th of July, but now it’s Thanksgiving.
A…………………..D …….F#m…………………………. E
Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. We we we we are gonna have a good time.

 

A……………………….D ………………..F#m…………………….. E
Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. (alright) We we we are gonna have a good time.
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A………………………………………………………..D
Yo. It’s Thanksgiving giving giving and I’m trying to be forgiving. (come on girl)
…F#m…………………………… E
Nothing is forbidden. You know we I gotta have.
A……………………………
I gotta give thanks to you, and you, and you.
D……
Can’t be hateful, gotta be grateful.
.F#m
Gotta be grateful, can’t be hateful.
E
Mash potatoes on my – on my table.

 

A………………………D
I got ribs smelling up my neighbor’s cribs. (alright)
…….F#m…………………………………………..E
Can’t deny  Havin’ good times  We’d be laughing till we cry
A…………………………………………….D
It’s Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanksgiving
………………….A………………………………………..D
Come on It’s Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanksgiving. Give em Thanksgiving Yo! 

 

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A…………………………D …….F#m………………….. E
Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. We we we we are gonna have a good time.
A………………………..D ………………..F#m…………….. E
Oh oh oh it’s Thanksgiving. (alright) We we we are gonna have a good time.
A………………………………D ……………………F#m………………… E
With a turkey, eh mash potatoes eh, and we we we are gonna have a good time.
A……………………………….D …………………..F#m……………….. E
With a turkey, eh mash potatoes eh! It’s Thanksgiving.  It’s Thanksgiving

“Halloween Echo Song” for older kids. Short sentences. Good for Music therapy activities. By Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

Goal Area: Turn taking, or group singing via expressive language Objective: Kids share the microphone and moment in the spotlight.
Materials: Mic and song
Method:  Sing a phrase in the mic, hold mic to child and have child repeat.
Adaptations:
1. I use this song as an echo song. Rather than repeat the last word of each phrase 3x, we repeat the whole phrase.   Shy children might just say “pass” or sing in a spooky voice. I don’t have trouble getting my kids to sing, but I never make a child sing solo. The alternative voice may be a little less stressful to some children. I also put little effects on the mic, such as echo, reverb, or chorus, to make a shy child’s effort more rewarding and less “intimate.”
2. You can have the children repeat the last word after you. But beware in both instances that you do not want to reinforce echolalia!!  You can talk about the song and Halloween costumes and safety afterwards and ask the children questions to stimulate real language.
3. This makes a cute performance piece.
4. Make up your own verses about the children’s fave Halloween characters.

 Source: “His Name was Jack” by Billy Grisack

Melody: Miss Mary Mack

 ……………E

His name is Jack, Jack, Jack.

 

………………….B7
His eyes were black, black, black.

 

………………B7
His face was orange, orange, orange.

 

……………….E
And that’s a fact, fact, fact.

 

Inside his head, head, head.
a flame was red, red, red.
and in the dark, dark, dark.
the children said, said, said:

 

“Trick or treat, treat, treat.,”
along the street, street, street.
They knocked on doors ……(continue to repeat twice as above.)
for something sweet…

 

to charm the hosts….
they dressed a ghosts,
monsters and ghouls….
to get the most….

 

All through the night….
under this sight….
he sat and watched….
still glowing bright\….

 

And that’s a fact, fact, fact.
His eyes were black….
His face was orange…
His name was Jack….

“Halloween Day, Halloween Night” Action song for older children by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes

Goal Area: Holiday energy release, and behavioral control.
Objective: Children will move like the character depicted in the lyrics. What’s nice about this activity
is that there is time after each verse to quiet down and pretend to sleep. This provides a structure
and helps kids gain control after vigorous movement.
Method:  Children are encouraged to move like the character and calm down and pretend to sleep.
Adaptations: Certainly change the lyrics if they are too scary! I do NOT sing the verses about scary things in their homes. Let the kids think of characters and how they move.  This song is requested over and over.
Source: “On Halloween day; on Halloween night”, by Steve Blunt.
Melody and Motions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxXH-M3jIrQ
……..Dm………..C…………Bb**…….A
1.The ghosts are sleeping in the attic,
……..A……………………………Dm
On Halloween day, on Halloween day!  (Repeat these two lines.)
………Dm…….C………Bb…..A
They all come out to float around,
…………………………………………….Dm
On Halloween night, on Halloween night!  (Repeat these two phrases.)
 
** (If you can’t play Bb, try a Dm)The skeletons are hiding in the closet,
On Halloween day, on Halloween day!
They all come out to dance around,
On Halloween night, on Halloween night!The witches are stirring up their brew,
On Halloween day, on Halloween day!
They fly their broomsticks all around,
On Halloween night, on Halloween night!The mummies are wrapped up in their tombs,
On Halloween day, on Halloween day!
They all come out to walk around,
On Halloween night, on Halloween night!

The bats are hanging in their caves,
On Halloween day, on Halloween day!
They all come out to fly around,
On Halloween night, on Halloween night!

The kids are all sitting down so nice,
On Halloween day, on Halloween day!
They all come out to trick or treat
On Halloween, on Halloween night!

 

“The Parade” great music therapy cooperation song for older kids 5-12. By Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

-Goal Area: cooperation, attention span, turn taking

-Objective: Kids play their instrument at the correct place in the song’s lyrics.

-Materials:  The Parade song by Tom Chapin, instruments to represent or create the sound effects.

-Method:  Sing the song and have the group play their instrument at the correct time.

-Adaptations:  Make up your own adventure and accompanying effects.

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes. The song is “The Parade” by Tom Chapin on his “Family Tree” CD.

Melody: see http: //youtu.be/7MBFR2auk-A

Form: This song is similar to “She’ll be comin’ ‘round the mountain” as you notice the song builds upon itself verse by verse.

Lyrics and Chords:

………….C

1. The parade came marching through the town “left-right.” (drum taps.)

C………………

The parade came marching through the town “left-right.” (drum taps.)

………..F………..C…………………Dm……………Am

The parade came marchin’ with my mom and daddy watchin. (rest)

…………F……….G7…………………….C

The parade came marching through the town “left-right.” (drum taps.)

 

2. Then the rain came pouring on our heads. (drip- drop)

Same lyrics (use chords as notated for verse one above)

Then the rain came pouring and the thunder started roaring.

Same as line one.

 

3. And the street got flooded up to here (swish- swish)

Same

And the street got flooded and my socks got mudded.

Same.

 

4. And the band went glubble glubble glub (glub-glub)

Same

And the band went glubble like an underwater bubble

Same

 

5. And my flag got all soaking wet. (yeeeuck)

Same

And my flag to soakin it was silly like a jokin’

Same

 

6. And the whole story was a dream (snore-snore or wake up!)

Same

I was breathin’ through a tube while a dolphin played the tuba.

Same.

 

1.Now, the kids can verbally call out the words (at the end of phrases 1,2 and 4)

with great dramatic vigor.

2. Or, they can select an instrument to represent the sound effect.

In the past, we have used drums – castanets or tick tocks-  rainsticks /sandblocks

Woodblocks- slide whistles- and vibraslaps.  If you have limited instruments, don’t worry- the kids will concoct a way to use them well.

 

NOW, the fun begins. Depending upon your group, you can use this song in a couple ways. The following is also a way to teach the song before you take it to the next level.

 

1. Just do the song as is with each group member saying and /or playing their part.

When they are comfortable with this, go to level 2.

2.  Do the song as a sequence or chaining song- like the 12 Days of Christmas.

Each verse builds upon the preceding verse.

To help make this clear: verse one remains as it.

The effects for verse two can become “drip-drop, left –right.”

The effects for verse three can become “swish-shish, drip-drop, left-right” and so on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possible populations: music therapy activities for kids with adhd, add, autism, pdd, learning disabled, gifted children, emotional disturbed, traumatised,  psychiatric. But it could be a great team building song also for music education use and beyond. The song works because it’s well written, creative, participatory, and FUN!

“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!!

Summer Bug Bite Song: “Remove it!” music therapy camp song for young children by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

Name: Remove it
Composer: Pam shiller on her “Bugs, bugs, bugs” CD
Tune: Dixie
Age: 4-8
Goal area: Social skills (following rules, natural consequences)  language
Method: Tell the story of the lyrics by pretending and acting out the words. Perhaps even go as far as to take your shoe off for verse two. Raise you hand, look up and sing the bee’s part in a high cartoon-like voice. (Use a low voice for the ant.) Point your finger and look like you mean business as you sing “take it out! Remove it.”  The kids will love the repetive lyrics and giving stern directions to the creatures. Mine do! Discuss bug respect and consquences for not listening. Make up your own verses.
Melody: Dixie (A way down south in Dixie.)

 Oh I stepped my foot on a little ant’s hill and the little ant said

“you better be still…take it off. Take it off. Take it off. Remove it.”
 Oh I didn’t take it off and the little ant said
if you don’t take it off you’ll with you had
take it off. Take it off.  Ouch! I removed it.
 
 Oh I stuck my hand in the little bees hive and the
little bee said “Goodness live”
take it out.  Take it out. Take it out. Remove it. 
 Oh I din’t take it out and the little bee said
if you don’t take it out you’ll with you had. Take it out. Take it out.  Bzzzzzz. I removed it.
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

Pop Pop fourth (4th) of July song for kids with a bonus chant

Goal: to improve auditory memory, language skills, oral-motor skills, sequencing skills, number concepts, fine motor skills
Materials: could include glow in the dark strips, and 5 pictures of different fireworks
Method: Show the children the 5 picutres of fireworks, count them slowly and tell the group to raise 5 fingers, Count them. Then sing the rhyme with the children adding in the motor component (tap and clap rhythms.) After the children are familiar with the chant, leave out the words “bang” and “pop” and have the children fill in the blank.
You can even have the children be the fireworks by lining them up and asking them to jump with the words “bang” and “pop,” Another variation is to have them play one instrument for those words, for example bang would be the cymbol and pop would be the drum.
This chant is a variation of the little chant:
5 little sausages cookin’ in the pan. One went pop and the other went bam. And so forth with 4,3,2, and 1.
4th of july rhyme. Dress this up for “older” kids by making all kinds of rhythmic variations on the bang/pop verse. If your kids giggle at the word bang, change it to pow or boom.
Examples of the variations include: bang bang bang pop rest (ta ta ta rest), or bang bang bang pop pop (ti ti ta ta ta) This turns it into an auditory memory drill.
5 little firecrackers shooting/flying to the top.
One went bang and the other went pop.
bang bang (tap knees) Pop pop pop (clap hands 3x)
repeat the above line three more times. (ta ta titi ta)   or last time: Noisy, noisy make it stop!!
4 little firecrackers shooting/flying to the top.

One went bang and the other went pop.
bang bang bang pop pop pop (titi ta, titi ta)
3 little firecrackers shooting/flying to the top.
One went bang and the other went pop.
bang bang bang pop pop  (titi tah, ta ta)
Here’s a bonus song:

Fireworks go snap,snap,snap!                               
c-r-r-r-rcrack!  Zap,zap,zap!
Fireworks make me clap,clap,clap
On Independence Day!
—  —  —  —  —  —
I was Born in the USA! Born in the USA!
I Was Born in the USA! And it is Independence Day!
 
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