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

 

 

“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.

 

 

 

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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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.

“Two Excellent Finger Poems” for fine motor skill development. Gr8 for music therapy and music education. By Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes.

-Age: 1-5
-Objective: Children move fingers and hands in the way prescribed by words/lyrics.
-Materials: fingers. Possibly pictures depicting each direction.
-Method: Develop hand motions for each line, don’t worry: each sentence suggests a motion.Show the children the hand motions and then add in each line one at a time. Eventually, put the motions and words together so as to do the entire poem.
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes
-Author: Unknown
-Melody-Words and chords:  This is a chant. Use an animated tone of voice and go for it!

 

My 5 fingers

1 finger points. 2 fingers walk.

3 fingers stand up and talk, talk, talk.

4 fingers count 1-2-3-4.

Oh, look: I’ve got one more!

1-2-3-4-5

5 fingers up. 5 fingers down.

5 fingers go ’round and ’round.

5 fingers here. 5 fingers there

10 fingers to wash my hair.

 

I have 10 little fingers

 

I have 10 little fingers and they all belong to me.

I can make them do things. What would you like to see?

I can close them up tight. Or make them all hide.

I can make them jump high, or make them go low.

I can folk them up quietly and sit like so.

“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!!

“Five Little Fish” rhythmic sequencing music therapy song for kids

Goal: to improve auditory memory, language skills, oral-motor skills, sequencing skills, number concepts, fine motor skills
Materials: Pictures of 5 different fish.
Method: Show the children the 5 fish pictures, 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 (blub and pop rhythms.) After the children are familiar with the chant, leave out the words “blub” and “pop” and have the children fill in the blank.
You can even have the children be the fish by lining them up and asking them to jump with the words “blub” and “pop,” Another variation is to have them play one instrument for those words, for example blub would be the cymbol and pop would be the drum.
5 little fish blowing bubbles to the top.
One went blup and the other went pop
blup blup pop pop pop (repeat 3 more times)
4 little fish blowing bubbles to the top.
One went blup and the other went pop
blup blup blub pop (rest)  – repeat 3x.
3  little fish blowing bubbles to the top.
He went blup and then went pop
blub popop blub blub – repeat 3x
2  little fish blowing bubbles to the top.
He went blup and then went pop
blupblupblub   popopop
1 little fish blowing bubbles to the top.
He went blup and then went pop
blub blub popop blub
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

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