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.
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“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
 

“Can you Move with Me” A summer bug song for kids

Can you move with me (may be on Pam’s CD)
Goal area: receptive language, creative movement
Method: Therapist shows children pictures of creatures that move in different manners.
The children practice moving in the various ways and then move in ways specified via song lyrics. Stop the lyrics in mid sentence and wait for the kids to fill in the missing words. This begins to facilitate learning of the lyrics.
Adaptations: Children name creatures that fall within the different movement categories.
To give the children more time to process and respond by moving – – have the other adults echo each phrase after you.  Or try doubling each phrase ie: Can you wiggle like a worm…wiggle like a worm. Can you squiggle, can you squirm – – squiggle, can you squirm ?   Maybe do the whole thing with a drum and mark time as need be between each line. Adapt as needed.
               E
Can you wiggle like a worm,
Can you squiggle, can you squirm?
Can you flutter, can you fly,
             B7
Like a gentle butterfly?
                   E
Can you crawl upon the ground
Like a beetle that is round?
                              B7  E
Can you move with me?

 

 
Can you flip? Can you flop? 
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like a bee
who is buzzing in a tree?
Can you move with me? 
 
 
 
 
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
 

“Baby Bumble Bee summer song” gr8 for music and speech therapy for children

Name: Baby bumble bee
Age: 3-10
Goal Area:  Language (bi-labial production of “b”  sound.
Method: sing and do the motions. Pause before the words “baby bumblebee” and really emphasize  the “b” sound. Pace the song so that the children  have time to pronounciate.
Adaptations: ) Present the class with pictures of each verse and have them put them in the proper sequence. 2) Have each child find the correct picture in sequence and hold that picture up while the class sings. 3) Have each child in the group sing the different verses into a toy or real microphone.
Melody at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxV2bCzQ5IA
            E                                                              A  (F#M)                    B7
1. I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee. Won’t my mommy be so proud of me.
       E                                                                  A                 B7 E
I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee.  Owch! He bit me!
(Motion here is to cup your hands in front of you like you are carrying a bee, Emphasize that this is not a smart thing to do….but just for the song you’ll allow it.)
2. I’m smushing up my baby bumble bee. Won’t my mommy be so proud of me.
I’m smushing up my babby bumble bee.  Now I gotta eat ‘im!
(Motion is to clap your hands and drag them across each other. In other words…smush them.)
3. I’m lickin’ up my baby bumblee bee…….(as before)
uh-oh: I don’t feel so well.  (Motion is to pretend to lick hands; a point that you’ll have to emphasize the pretend part thereof.)
4. I’m throwing up my baby bumble bee. …..
Whoa! What a mess.   (Do I need to explain this motion? For the faint of heart or faint of administration, you can change this to coughing up. If you have to, you can leave this out.Of course, all the kids love it!)
5.  I’m cleaning up my baby bumble bee…
I’m NOT gonna do that again.  (Motion: to wipe a make believe table with a wipee or to do a broom sweeping motion. )
6. Optional verse: I’m never gonna catch a bumble bee.
And that’s that!

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…..

“You’ve Got to Move” great movement activity for kids, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in music therapy

-Age: All ages depending upon tempo and strum/vocal style
-Goal Area:  various
Language skills:  include expressive and receptive language
Social skills:  sharing ways to move, taking and relinquishing turns, following directions
Motor skills: coordination, range of motion, muscle strength,
Cognitive skills: change the words to reflect knowledge of colors, numbers, letter sounds..
-Objective:  People perform the movements mentioned through song lyrics
-Materials: music and people
-Method:  I’ll leave this up to you.  Simply change the words to reflect the needs of your group or individual.  
-Adaptations: as  below. Change the words as need be.
Examples: for Language: How can we move Johnny? “tap our heads? ok You’ve got to tap like Johnny says…..
Social Skills:  You’ve got to share: Leroy and Ray…..
Motor Skills:  Circle your shoulders round and round…
Cognitive: Shake that maraca soft under your chair…..
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Melody:  http://youtu.be/1V6uWfpbNvQ by the Blind Boys of Alabama
(5 time Grammy Award winners!)
-Words and chords:

 

Chorus:
A
You got to move.  You got to move.
…………………….D                                     A
You got to move, child, You got to move.
…………………………A            D
But when the Lord Gets ready
A
You got to move.   (E7)
Verse 1
A
You may be high  You may be low.
…………………….D                                        A
You may be rich, child  You may be poor.
……………………….A               D                                  A          E
But when the Lord gets ready  You’ve got to move.
Verse 2
You see that woman..  That walk the street.
You see the policeman..   Out on his beat.
But when the Lord gets ready..   You got to move.

 

http://youtu.be/1V6uWfpbNvQ

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

“Snow”: teaches more winter vocabulary – music therapy / education lesson plan for toddlers and preschoolers

-Age: 1-5

-Goal Area: winter clothing vocabulary (receptive and/or expressive.) This poem also emphasizes the article “the” and promotes a longer length of utterance (ie: sentence.)

-Objective: Children point and/or sing the items presented via lyrics

-Materials: Pictures of items mentioned in song.

-Method:  sing, point, and do.  Make good use of props.

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.

-Lyrics are from a children’s photocopy book filled with similar rhymes for nearly every preschool occasion. Please let me know the source!

Melodies: You can use Twinkle Twinkle,  Turkey in the straw, Farmer in the Dell, Down in the Valley,  Adam’s Family, and more.  I use an old church song from my childhood.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

There’s snow on the hat.  Snow on the suit.

Snow on the mittens.  Snow on the boot.

Snow on the sled.  Snow on the tree.

Snow on the hill.  Snow on me.

Snow on the house.  Snow on the stairs.

Snow on the window.  There’s snow everywhere.

“In the Winter Time, when we’re feelin’ Fine” winter activity music therapy song for children

-Age: 2 to 10+
-Goal Area: language, creativity, attention, memory
-Objective: Kids move and/or sing along to song. They come up with their own winter activities and incorporate their answers into the lyrics and actions.
-Materials: Variation of “Down by the Sea” by1991 Smilin’ Atcha Music, Inc.
Written by Red and Kathy Grammer from the recording Down the Do-Re-Mi
-Method: Sing and Do. This works best when the children are given choices of activities to choose from ie: drawings!
Of course the path and pace of the activity will determined by the group’s age and abilities.
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Melody and Words can be heard at (highlight link and right click) http://www.redgrammer.com/media/mp3/DownbytheSea.mp3
-This is an example of a backwards chaining song like “The 12 days of Christmas.”  

1. In the winter time, When we’re feeling fine.

We drink Hot Cocoa (gulp, gulp or blow air 2 times)

Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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2. In the winter time, When we’re feeling fine.

We make angles in the snow (whush, whush)
We drink Hot Cocoa (gulp, gulp)

 Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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3. In the winter time,  When we’re feeling fine.
We throw snow balls (crash, crash)
We make angels in the snow (whush, whush)
We drink Hot Cocoa. (gulp, gulp)

 Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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4. In the winter time,When we’re feeling fine.

We wear hats and gloves (push, pull)
We throw snow balls (crash, crash)
We make angels in the snow (whush, whush)
We drink Hot Cocoa. (gulp, gulp)

 Isn’t it wonderful. Isn’t it fine (just) chillin’ out in the winter time.

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5 In the winter time. When we’re feeling fine.

We watch videos (look, look)……..

“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……

Chubby Little Snowman winter music therapy song for children / kids

Goal: to improve receptive and expressive language.

Objective: The children will motion along with the therapist, fill in the blanks, and/or sing along with their peers. The silly content can be discussed as well.

Materials: song, pictures, kids, props

Tunes: We’re going to Kentucky

            C                                                       D7
Lyrics: A chubby little snowman had a carrot for a nose.
G7                                          C
Along came a bunny and what do you suppose?
                                                      D7
The chubby little bunny was looking for some lunch. 
G7                                                                                       C
He ate the snowman’s carrot nose.  Nibble, nibble crunch.