“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
 

Music Therapy Goodbye Song appropriate for older children by Margie La Bella

-Age: 5-10
-Goal Area: Session closure
-Objective: Students will sing along (either echoing phrases, finishing phrases, or singing complete phrases- two phrases each stanza rather than one and it’s echo.)Let it be said  that the first half of each phrases is the most appropriate, social statement to teach.   The second half is more fun and elicits kid’s  attention. 
-Method:  Sing and do (I used google image and got pictures of all the characters, as a visual aid.)
-Adaptations: See objective.
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Melody: adaptation of “I won’t grow up” from the musical “Peter Pan.”   http://youtu.be/HJ8nPYSNobg
The song can also be rapped, put into a blues form or whatever other melody you need for your age group and clientele.  
-Words:
…………c
See you later, alligator.
………dm          
In a while, crocodile.
……..g7
Stay sweet, parakeet.
 ……….c
Better swish, jellyfish.
 
Bye-bye, butterfly.
Out the door, dinosaur.
Take care, polar bear.
Give a hug, lady bug.
 
Certainly add in your own desired phrases and let us know about them, too. What can your class come up with? Here’s one more phrase: Ok, more: 
Gotta go, buffalo. And another: See ya soon, sweet baboon! Also Toodaloo Kangaroo!
 
PS: I tried this on my preschoolers today and discovered that it also promoted the labeling of the animals, as well as the sounds that the various animals make. Got lots of growls and sound effect from some usually quiet tykes!

“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
 

“Drum Circle Game” and 3 variations: a music therapy activity idea for preschoolers, children, adolescents and adults

-Age:

-Goal Area: socialization, creativity, interaction, cooperation and impulse control.

-Objective: Drum holders will remain in their proper place and make their drums accessible to the player.  The drummer will go around to their choice of drums and create a drum solo or drum accompaniment.

-Materials: Shape drums (or other drums) and sticks as needed. Optional place markers for people to stand on.  Chairs may also be used if needed.

-Method: Drum holders are to stand in a circle, holding their drums out in front of them.  Therapist begins to play a supporting song to facilitate the group’s goals- be it on another drum, piano, or guitar.  The drummer then plays a solo or accompanying drum line on any and all of the drums in front of him or her.

-Adaptations: !) Place markers or chairs may be used, if needed, to define the appropriate area to situate drum holders.  2) Drum holders may move their drums slowly to the song and the drummer has to really watch and move to play along.  3) Also holders may walk in a slow sideways step in a circle around the drummer, who has to keep up with them in order to make his/her music. 4) I do this with groups of up to 12 children with only 6 drums. We make this work for us by having half the group do the activity as above and half the group dance to the music and “freeze” when we stop to change drummers.   Let me know what you can think of!

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes, thanks to Jamie.

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

“St. Patrick’s Day Group Dance” a great music therapy idea for all ages

Just letting you know that I have a great video of a standing or seated Saint Patrick’s Day dance taught on this video. The song is SIAMSA from The Lord of the Dance. This should be written up under activities for adults.  Change the words to reflect the needs of the group.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijNW-gd0SU4

 

 

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…..

“John the Leprechaun” St. Patrick’s Day music therapy idea for kids

Goal Area: Receptive and Expressive language
Objective: Children will vocalize during the chorus and discuss the absurdities in the lyrics.
Materials: The Leprechaun adapted from the verses of “Old Dan Tucker”  (Check out the melody on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEQshqLxTss 
Method: Sing. Discuss.
Adaptations: (optional) If March 17 is not near, then change the name to anything you want. Have the children write new lyrics with their own absurdities. Have pictures available.
The chorus is good for oro-motor skills and vocalization and the verses for language.
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella of musictherapytunes.com
Lyrics,chords, music, solfege…:

C                  G            C
Chorus: Ya, ha, hah. Eyo, ho, ho. (repeat)
mi sol sol      mi    re    do
C                     F            C                                      G               C
Verses 1. John, John the leprechaun. Went to school with one shoe on. (to chorus.)
1. He went to bed in a coffee can. He washed his face in a frying pan.
2. He combed his hair with a wheel. He got a headache in his heel.
3. He took a bath in a lake. He brushed this teeth with a rake.
4. He wore his socks on his head. He washed his clothes in his bed.
5. He played outside on a chair. He washed the table with his hair.

“Polar Bear Circle Song” a music therapy social interaction song for children

-Age: 3-6+
-Goal Area:  social and language (receptive and expressive)
-Objective:  Children will sing the words and act out the song lyrics
-Materials: kids, song, and a place to designate as the bear’s bed.
-Method: One child is chosen to be the bear and lies in the center of the circle. The children hold hands and walk calmly around the sleeping bear. Children touch the bear with one finger and tap/shake until the bear wakes up and growls fiercely. (When the possible commotion abates, a new bear is chosen and the song begins again.)
-Adaptations: We sometimes choose two bears with larger groups.  Sing about a different type of bear ie: big brown bear, panda bear, grizzley… Use as an instrumental song to help develop the concept of loud and soft.
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Source: Unknown. Please let me know!
-Melody: See the solfege below OR sing with the melody to “Oh, Christmas Tree.” (see below as well.)
Words and chords:

 C     ………………….. G  …………………..  C                  G7             C

A  polar  bear, a  polar  bear is sleeping in  his/her cave.
g   c   c    c       e  d  d    d          f     e   c       d   b          c

 

C                                F        G                           C 
Please be   very   quiet. Please be   very quiet.
e          e     e   g     f   f      d          d       d  f   e   e 

 

C                          Dm
If you wake him if you shake him (her)
c   c     c       e      d   d    d        f   

 

C             G     C
He gets very MAD!   GroooooOOOwwwl!
e    c       d   b   c    
 
Oh, Christmas tree chords. Play one beat per letter or “/” symbol.

 C/G  C//   Dm/G  C//

Repeat the above

C// F//  Dm// C/G
C//  A7//  Dm/G C//
*
C/G means to play two beats of C and one of G: not  a C chord with a G bass note.

“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
—————–
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
———————–
(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.
—————————————————–)
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.
————————————————–
(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!

 

 

“Old School Fill in the blanks Rap Song” music therapy activity for kids and adolescents

Here’s an old rap that I found in the back of the vaults of time. It’s old school but can certainly be used.  The therapist and/or the group can keep the beat (tap tap TAP) while the soloist reads, or a chosen friend or teacher raps the rhyme.  Add in solos and a group discussion. Of course kids can add their own words, within the confines of the facility/groups rules. This sort of thing should be addressed beforehand with the therapy team and administrators. The result can be recorded or the process videoed. Goals can include starting out with a new group, getting to know each other, cohesion and cooperation, academic skills, and more…..

 ______________, __________is my name.

Me and  ___________ are one and the same.
I like ___________it’s my favorite game.
I don’t like ___________it’s not the same.

 

__________________give me a head-ache.
Don’t want to ___________for goodnes sake.
I’d rather_________with my free time.
__________________feels just fine.

 

I like to _______when I’m mad.
But ________makes me sad.
_____spooks me.
_______oooks me.
And when I ________I feel glad.

 

I have ____people in my family.
There’s ___and then there’s me.
Everybody give me a cheer.
I did _______and I’m outta here. 
 
 
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