PLAY: The play CD is two really CDs in one and centers around the auditory skills needed to enhance listening, following directions and processing (understanding) skills. The first 30 minutes helps teach awareness of loud, soft, fast, slow, and the presence and absence of sound- all characteristics of good communication. The second half asks children to listen to, interpret, and respond to instrument sounds and music clips. Children can do the listening exercises either sitting or standing.
This CD is close to 50 min long and is choc full of action songs using simple concepts and moving to directions. The educational word for this is “receptive language” and it involves taking in information and assigning meaning to it. This is crucial to following directions, interaction with others, and learning.
Benefits of PLAY CD
1.1. Homemade Band
This tune opens the jam session on a positive note! They are introduced
to several instruments of a jazz or rock band.
2. Soft, Loud, Slow, Fast Review
This is a good opportunity to introduce the children to recognizing (perceiving) and creating different volumes and speeds (ie: dynamics and tempos).The four sound qualities used in music are also used in speech.
3. Children, Come Play
Benefits: Auditory attention, processing, and conceptualization.
The children experience creating “fast,” “slow,” “loud,” and “soft” music.
4. Play and Do This
Benefits: Teaches sequencing/patterning of events, ability to follow directions.
Helps children with the concepts of “under,” “stop,” “get it.”
5. Play and Pass
Purpose: To foster attention, turn taking, and sharing among friends.
6. You’ve got to Wait!
Benefits: Certainly a catchy song for a topic that can be tricky
7. Three Little Sound Effects
Purpose: To encourage vocal/sound play and auditory memory
8. Play an Echo Song
Benefits: Children play instruments along with various rhythmic sequences.
This is good for auditory attention, auditory memory, coordination, and patterning
10-15. and 16-21 Make you Move! Hear and D0 (Instrument Sounds)
Benefits: Auditory discrimination and connecting a sound with a meaning to be enacted.
Impulse control, energy release, memory, imagination.
Purpose: This song closes the session. Benefits: enforcing the skill of “audiation” or hearing the sounds/music in your mind( like Bingo or John Brown’s Baby). Its actually a pre-reading skill.
Margie La Bella receives PAL Award from Sherry Artemenko,
Speech Language Pathologist at PlayOnWords.com!
Move! Sing! Play Along and Sing! CD’s for Therapists and Parents
I learned about this wonderful set of CD’s created by music therapist and educator, Margie La Bella, when she submitted them and won a PAL Award. According to her website, “Her CD series Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn! is a collection of original participation-based songs and dances designed to spark the imagination, playfulness, and language learning (expressive, receptive, and auditory/listening) of children. It is available to parents, grandparents, teachers, special education centers, therapists, music/dance/gym instructors and all those who are young at heart.” Margie loves music for the joy it gave her growing up and has a passion to share that with every child, with and without learning challenges. She has intentionally written and performed songs, rhythms and sounds to build specific skills for language learning. Here is my review of her PAL Award winning CD’s:
The “Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!” CD series is a treat for parent and child or teacher and class. Margie La Bella’s pleasant, soothing voice is easy to understand as she gently encourages kids to listen and learn through music. As a music therapist and special educator, she has written and produced lively entertaining songs for all kids introducing them to pop, jazz, folk, rap, swing, reggae and world music styles. The first CD in the series, “Move!” focuses on building receptive language skills as kids follow directions to “rub your tummy until the music stops,” follow the “Multi-Step Blues,” or learn concepts in the “Opposite Jam.” Move on to “Sing!” and enjoy vocal play and expressive language as kids learn to follow fun syllables that lead to a song about Mister Monkey or the Leeway Train with related actions to match the rhythm. The “Play!” CD builds auditory discrimination and processing as kids move to the sounds of rhythm instruments and their homemade band–imitating and learning soft/loud, slow/fast, matching movements to representative musical patterns and instruments. Raise your arms up and down to the slide whistle, or stamp your feet to the drum as sounds and directions are combined to build memory. Finally, “Mixing it Up!” combines the lessons learned and gets kids moving, singing and playing because now “I’ve Got the Music In Me.” “Body Rap” is one of my favorites as, “I saw my hands and they started to clap, I thought of my nose and my face started humming, my whole body started to move and my shoulders got in the groove” as movements are added while matched to a body part and rhythmic phrase. So gather the kids around to move to the music and maybe in the middle of all the fun, we’ll produce some good little listeners.