Two Butterfly (Spring) Music Therapy Activities for Children 1. Instrumental 2. Drama

The Caterpillar songToday, one of my four-year-olds made a brilliant connection and it spurred a whole new

activity that would fit in any spring and/or butterfly unit!

 

I picked up a white “knock-knock” egg (one of a pair of wooden oval spheres that I bought for a dollar at a craft store) and said “look, a caterpillar egg!”  Griffin then pointed at the fish/guirro and exclaimed  “and that’s a chrysilis!”  Love it!!

 

So for the rest of the day, we had the life cycle of a butterfly in instruments right in front of our eyes, and then our ears.

 

Two eggs were the caterpillar’s eggs.

Two short rainsticks were the caterpillars.

Two fish standing up were the chrysilises

and two group of  two tambourines held together were the two butterflies. 

 

Griffin made my day. 

 

We then alternated between having each group of children come up front and playing their specified instrument in turn,  and having the entire group play together.  To make this easier, the kids placed their instruments under their chairs until I played an obvious musical cue (big V7 chord)  and said “let’s all play together, everyone.” 

 

Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

Sample words:

D……..C…….D…….D……C……..D….G……………….D……….D……..C…..D

Everybody play. Everybody play. Let’s join in together. Everybody play.

 

Then as each smaller group came up with their specific instruments, I sang something like:

 

Let’s listen to the eggs.  Let’s listen to the eggs.  Amber and Ellion great! Let’s listen to the eggs. 

 

We had a ball.  It tied in with the classroom lessons and it was something NEW for this veteran MT to do all day! 

 

After that all we acted out the words to my Caterpillar Song on the floor and around the table.

If you can’t move around as such, this original tune can be done while seated!

http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?ms_song=the-caterpillar

 

 

 

 

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!)

 

 

Self-Regulation take-a-breath Song for children by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes (uses conscious discipline techniques)

Conscious Discipline Hokey Pokey Breather

A good song to encourage and foster self-regulation/calming.

You take a big breath in…..

You take a big breath out….

You take a big breath in….

And again you let it out….

You can do the ___ breath.

You can learn to calm. (Or I’ve got no doubt, or Don’t need to shout or whatever works best for your group.)

That’s what it’s all about.

Think of different ways to breath and sing those types of breaths in the place of the word “big.” Sing about that particular way to breath. Our school sings about……

The big breath, the balloon breath, the snake breath (ssssssss,) the mommy breath (shhhhh) the spiderman breach (whoosshhhhhhhhh) and more.

 

A good song to encourage and foster self-regulation/calming.

check out the Conscious Discipline Website at http://consciousdiscipline.com/about/conscious-discipline-for-teachers.asp

 

 

 

 

Great song for a new School Year. Good for Conscience Discipline. “There’s No One Else Just like ME!” music therapy song activity for children

Goal: to improve self concept, joint participation, eye contact, body part vocabulary etc.

Source: It’s been handed down from person to person all the way down to me. Please let me know the writer so I can give credit where credit is sure due.

There’s no one else like me.

………….D……….G…AsusA…D

There’s no one else just like me.

………….D……….G…AsusA…D

There’s no one else just like me.

………..G……..OOOOO..D

Like me. Like me.

…………..A…………………..D…………G………….D

There’s no one else like me. Like me. Like me.

………….A…………………..D

There’s no one else like me.

–  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  =-

Middle section:

…………………….A……………………………D

From the top of my head to my wiggly toes.

……………………..A…………………………..D

From the back of my ears to the tip of my nose.

–  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –   –

 

……..G……….D………………A…………………..D

I’m me. I’m me.   There’s no one else like me.

……..G……….D………………A…………………..D

Like me. Like me. There’s no one else like me.

-Can follow up with Hap Palmer’s

“Oh, What a Miracle am I!”      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFlVciz8aGs

and/or Laurie Berkner’s  “Me and My Energy.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEwW3lK-Vjo

 

 

 

 

The Bird Song; a quieting calming activity song with motions for music therapy / education for young children by Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

cute head shot with head feather2

Up in the Sky Song Activity

This is a nice quiet centering song that tends to focus and calm the children.

It’s good after a more active activity or toward the end of a session.

Way up in the sky (jump high)
The little birds fly (flap arms)
While down in the nest (form nest with arms)
The little birds rest (hands next to head like napping)
Shhh! They’re sleeping. (stage whisper shh! say quietly they’re sleeping)

With a wing on the left (fold left arm under)
And a wing on the right (fold right arm under)
The little birds sleep (hands next to head like napping)
All through the night.
Shhh! They’re sleeping. (stage whisper shh! say quietly they’re sleeping)

The BRIGHT SUN COMES UP! (as in itsy bitsy spider)
The dew goes away (hands like tinkering on a keyboard)
Good morning, good morning, the little birds say (point to class members)

 

Optional 3rd stanza: Up comes the sun. Down comes the dew.

Good morning,   good morning, good morning to you!

or Good afternoon to you, you and you.

 

Melody is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2IfK86PZvI

I learned the melody with a variation in the second line that goes like this:

g c e a,   d dc d c   or sol do mi la,   re re do re do where the 5th and 6th go lower than 1/do/c

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

I’ve been working on the Farm Yard / barn yard music therapy activity song for children (helps with vocalizing and vocal play.)

I asked my observation student, Anne Crean, to come up with an animal song. She said she tried to avoid “Old Mac Donald” and so adapted this song on her own. Great job “observing”, Anne!!

This song would work quite well with youngsters needing to discover and experiment with their voices and vocal abilities. Older tykes needing to associate animal sounds with animals and those needing experience in producing certain sounds (C-V, and CVCs) would also benefit from this one.

D G D
I’ve been working on the farm yard all the live long day.
D E7 A
I’ve been working on the farm yard to pass the time away.
A7 D G F#7 OR D7
Can’t you hear the cows all mooing; moo moo moo moo moooo.
G D A7 D
Can’t you hear the cows all mooing; moo moo moo moo mooo.

(Then- in place of “Dinah won’t you blow,” simply add in your own mooooosic and moo your heart out.)
Chords are:
D/D/G/G/A/A/D/D/ D/D/E/E/A7/A7/D//

Switch animals and related sounds until your group is all sung out.