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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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.

“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….

“It’s a Halloween Party” song for music therapy / education students by Margie La Bella of Music therapy Tunes.

Goal Area: Expressive language, attention span,
Objective: Kids will sing the various sounds associated with the  Halloween characters.
Materials: song, kids, pictures of the characters.
Method: Sing and encourage the children to do likewise.
Adaptations: 1. Sing each verse as its own entity. 2. For a trickier version, after the last phrase of each verse, string the preceding verses. Other examples of this backwards chaining activity are “The twelve days of Christmas” and “Father Abraham.”  3. Also, assign (or let the children pick) instruments to represent the characters. Use a microphone to inspire participation. 4. Older kids can make the sounds in a microphone as the lyrics indicate. This requires quick responding and attention span. Try it! 5. Make your own Halloween verses with related sound effects.
Source: “Come on Everybody, it’s a Halloween Party” by Frank Leto.
Lyrics,chords,

 

You can hear a verse of this song at …http://www.amazon.com/Come-Everybody-Its-Halloween-Party/dp/B003HJFI2Q
………..D…………..G……………..D
1.Come on let me hear the witches laugh (hee, hee.)
………………………G………………A
Come on let me hear the witches laugh (hee, hee.)
……….D………..D/C……..G…………….Gm
Come on everybody it’s a Halloween party
……..D…………..G………A…………D
Come on let me hear the witches laugh (hee, hee.)

 

2.Come on let me hear the cat’s meow. (Meow, meow.)
Come on let me hear the cat’s meow.
Come on everybody it’s a Halloween party.
Come on let me hear the cat’s meow. And the witches laugh.

 

3.Come on let me hear the Bat’s flying(flap, flap)  Note: we say squeak, squeak.
and the cat’s meow…
and the witches laugh…
(A MT would really want to fix the misplaced syllable!!)

 

4. Come on let me hear the spooky ghost  (whoooo)

 

5. Come on let me hear the little elf  (boo-hoo.)

 

6.Come on let me hear the trick or treaters. (Trick of Treat!)

“Spiders cookin’ in the Pan” a Halloween Poem and activity for music therapy and music education by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes

 
I love it when the kids themselves help create a new activity.
Benefits: stimulates attention, participation, movement, expressive language, number concepts and more
This rhyme was originally written up as the following: http://www.musictherapytunes.com/wp/?p=1456

 1 little spider cookin’ in the pan.

He went Pop and he went Bam!

 2 little spiders cookin’ in the pan.

One went Pop and the other went Bam!

 3 little spiders cookin in the pan.

One went Pop and the others went Bam! etcetera
 
Method: Ask the children to imagine that the tambourine/framedrum/lollipop drum is a frying pan.  Then drop one spider into the pan and chant the rhyme.  Encourage children to say the rhyme, especially the words “pop” and “bam.” On the word “bam” tap the bottom of the drum hard enough to send the spider flying. This should really elicit some good attention. Ask a child to go find the spider and describe where it is. This is good for language concepts such as “over,” “under,” “next to” and more.  Add a spider to the pan and have the class count the spiders.  Repeat witrh 2,3,4 spiders and more. 

 Variations: Have the kids think of other creatures. Then hold a large frame drum over their heads. Kids jump up and create a thump on the drum using their heads. It may or may not be in your job’s best interest to do this activity, but again, the kids all love it.  Use with discretion as to who you play this variation with. Don’t forget – the thump is 100% created by the child.

 

Follow up with “There’s a spider on my head, on my head”…..  (Happy and you know it.)

 

 

2 New Fall Goodbye songs for music therapy and music education by Margie La Bella of Music Therapy Tunes

-Goal Area:  Reciprocal greetings, opening session

-Name of Activity: So Long, goodbye, farewell.

-Objective: Clients will interact, at their highest level, with therapist.

-Adaptations: Pass around a mirror, or favorite instrument and adapt lyrics to suit kid’s needs.  Use PECs cards.  Get eye contact via a drum and reward the child with a chance to tap.  Use a scarf between you to simulate peek-a-boo and elicit eye contact and smiles.  Request eye-contact, a smile and a high five etc….

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes. An intern introduced me to this Music Together ending song.

– Words and chords: Words adapted by Margie

Tune: Good bye, so long, farewell. http://youtu.be/sZN9p7qFVOk

C……G…….Am………..C/G… …..     C………F………….C…..G

Music time is done, you know. Good bye, so long, good bye.

C……….G………Am…….C/G             .C………F…………..C…..

I’ll see you all real soon and so good bye, so long, good bye.

We had fun with instruments. Good bye, so long, good bye.

We sang our songs, and danced our dance. Good bye. So long, good bye.

 

Good bye to ______. Good bye to ______. Good bye, so long, good bye.

Good bye to ______. Good bye to ______. Good bye, so long, good bye.

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-Goal Area: Reciprocal greetings, opening session

-Name of Activity:  I’ll see you next time.

-Objective: Clients will interact with therapist with their highest skill level.

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

– Words and chords:

Tune: Train is a-comin’   http://youtu.be/nI3YgO-IEL8

C……………………….F…….C

I’ll see you next time. Goodbye.

C…………………………F…….C

I’ll see you next time. Goodbye.

Am

Look in my eyes.

Em

Wave your goodbyes.

D………………………………F…..C

I’ll see you next next time. Goodbye

 

“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