“The Parade” great music therapy cooperation song for older kids 5-12. By Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes

-Goal Area: cooperation, attention span, turn taking

-Objective: Kids play their instrument at the correct place in the song’s lyrics.

-Materials:  The Parade song by Tom Chapin, instruments to represent or create the sound effects.

-Method:  Sing the song and have the group play their instrument at the correct time.

-Adaptations:  Make up your own adventure and accompanying effects.

-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes. The song is “The Parade” by Tom Chapin on his “Family Tree” CD.

Melody: see http: //youtu.be/7MBFR2auk-A

Form: This song is similar to “She’ll be comin’ ‘round the mountain” as you notice the song builds upon itself verse by verse.

Lyrics and Chords:

………….C

1. The parade came marching through the town “left-right.” (drum taps.)

C………………

The parade came marching through the town “left-right.” (drum taps.)

………..F………..C…………………Dm……………Am

The parade came marchin’ with my mom and daddy watchin. (rest)

…………F……….G7…………………….C

The parade came marching through the town “left-right.” (drum taps.)

 

2. Then the rain came pouring on our heads. (drip- drop)

Same lyrics (use chords as notated for verse one above)

Then the rain came pouring and the thunder started roaring.

Same as line one.

 

3. And the street got flooded up to here (swish- swish)

Same

And the street got flooded and my socks got mudded.

Same.

 

4. And the band went glubble glubble glub (glub-glub)

Same

And the band went glubble like an underwater bubble

Same

 

5. And my flag got all soaking wet. (yeeeuck)

Same

And my flag to soakin it was silly like a jokin’

Same

 

6. And the whole story was a dream (snore-snore or wake up!)

Same

I was breathin’ through a tube while a dolphin played the tuba.

Same.

 

1.Now, the kids can verbally call out the words (at the end of phrases 1,2 and 4)

with great dramatic vigor.

2. Or, they can select an instrument to represent the sound effect.

In the past, we have used drums – castanets or tick tocks-  rainsticks /sandblocks

Woodblocks- slide whistles- and vibraslaps.  If you have limited instruments, don’t worry- the kids will concoct a way to use them well.

 

NOW, the fun begins. Depending upon your group, you can use this song in a couple ways. The following is also a way to teach the song before you take it to the next level.

 

1. Just do the song as is with each group member saying and /or playing their part.

When they are comfortable with this, go to level 2.

2.  Do the song as a sequence or chaining song- like the 12 Days of Christmas.

Each verse builds upon the preceding verse.

To help make this clear: verse one remains as it.

The effects for verse two can become “drip-drop, left –right.”

The effects for verse three can become “swish-shish, drip-drop, left-right” and so on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possible populations: music therapy activities for kids with adhd, add, autism, pdd, learning disabled, gifted children, emotional disturbed, traumatised,  psychiatric. But it could be a great team building song also for music education use and beyond. The song works because it’s well written, creative, participatory, and FUN!

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