“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 margielessonplans@gmail.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 margielessonplans@gmail.com
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 margielessonplans@gmail.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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