“3 Auditory Skills” music therapy activities for auditory processing and discrimination for young kids
1. Goal Area: Auditory attention and discrimination -Name of Activity: One potato, two potato -Objective: Children will tap a tambourine or drum at the same volume as the therapist chants. -Materials: drum or tambourine, lyrics -Method: Therapist chants the rhyme singing either loudly or softly. Child taps instrument at same dynamic level. -Adaptations: (optional) You can keep the potato lyrics or substitute any name or character you want. For holidays, tape a picture of an associated character on the drum. -Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella email@example.com -Lyrics and Chords: Chant: One potato, two potato, three potato, four. Five potato, six potato, seven potato more! 2. Goal Area: Auditory Memory Name of Activity: Echo Me Objective: Children will echo short rhythmic phrases as demonstrated by therapist. Materials: Drum, tambourine, other interesting instrument. Method: Therapist plays a short rhythm on the drum and asks child to repeat. Adaptations: Young children will have to learn what repeating/doing the same means. I teach this by first echoing them and prompting them to echo me. If this doesn’t work, I do something physical like tickle, knock, or poke on the drum and encourage the same. (This is a great memory activity in and of itself!)If children’s responses are inaccurate or inconsistent , I add another sense (tactile) to the experience by setting the drum on the child’s lap and/or vocalizing either “boom,” “knock-knock,” or “ho, ho, ho.” This usually works. Always end up on a successful turn, by modeling something you know the child can do. Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella firstname.lastname@example.org Lyrics,chords, solfege, melody used: Chant something like: Johnny come up 1,2,3! Do the same thing after me. 3. Goal Area: Auditory, also awareness of sound and silence, impulse control, following (verbal and non-verbal directions) Name of Activity: Dance and Sit Objective: Children will dance when the music plays and sit down when the music stops Materials: lyrics, guitar, children and chairs Method: MT sings the words and encourages the children to jump. Children hurry to their seats when the music suddenly stops. Adaptations: (optional) Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella email@example.com Lyrics,chords, melody used: tune – Mexican hat dance. (Check out the melody on youtube.) Words: D A7 We are all jumping beans, and we really like to Jump! A7 D We are all jumping beans, and we really like to Jump! D A7 We jump and jump and jump. All over the place we jump. We jump and jump and jump. All over the place we D jump. D G D D G A La la la la la la la la la lah. La la la la la la la la la lah. A 7 G A D La la la la la la la la la lah. La la la la la la la la la lah
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