“Mad Libs a-la Music” : Good for All ages – kids through adults

– Age: 6-12 =/-
-Goal Area: language arts
-Good activity for parents and teachers of special needs kids .
-Objective: Kids will provide nouns, verbs, colors, numbers, and more upon therapist request.
-Materials: Familiar song with key words removed. (Write down the part of speech you will request for each deleted word. This really helps.)
-Method: Ask the students a variety to “wh” questions and for parts of speech, incorporate into song.
-Adaptations: We all know how we used to play this game.  Tell the kids to keep it “clean!”
-Submitted by:  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Lyrics and Chords: Of your choice. Here’s a mundane example. Also works well with holiday songs, pop songs, any group appropriate choice.
                                Try it with a song that the kids know already.
Oh, Susanna!
I came from ___________         with a ____________on my knee.
                    (a restaurant)                       (fav. instrument)
I’m going to _____________.                   My ____________for to see.
                     (a place you want to be)             (fav. person)
Oh, ______________ won’t you ____________ for me.
         (name)                                  (verb)
I’m going to _____________ with a ______________on my knee.
                    (place)                               (instrument)
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

“Ed the Ogre” Halloween song for children with special needs

-Age: 6-12 and younger. 
-Goal Area: expressive language
-Name of Activity: Ed the Ogre.  I use this at Halloween,   but you certainly can change the character to dinosaurs or other large creatures and use year round.
-Objective: Children echo the short phrases.  You can also discuss the humor of the song.
-Materials: song. You can simplify the words if need be.
-Method: Explain what an echo song is. Sing it and have children repeat as a group or individually.  Using a microphone really ups the participation!
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com   Source unknown.
-Melody: You can get by on: Do to mi and Do to lower la.  Pick any melody  you like.  Rap it.  I stick in a chorus of “Oh No!” 3x and end on oh, no no! I have this melody in one of my Halloween videos.
1. Ed the Ogre (repeat)    sat down for lunch. (repeat.)    
 He grabbed some toes (repeat)    and went crunch crunch crunch. (repeat)
2.Ed the Ogre    said mmm, these are nice.      
     These toes are tasty,            but they need some spice.
3. Ed the Ogre gave a great moan.                      
  He said “I thought these were your toes,           but   they’re my own!”

“Trick or Treat” song for kids with special needs- elementary aged

 Age: 6-12+/-
-Goal Area: Halloween: Language, syllables, patterns and other auditory skills
-Objective: Children participate and sing along. Also a nice set of lyrics for auditory drills via instruments (when used like a rondo: chorus drill chorus new drill chorus…)
-Materials: lyrics and instruments
-Method: sing and play
-Adaptations: (optional) Yes. Sing the chorus and rather than play the verses, have the kids suggest Halloween characters and then play
(and/or speak)  the syllables as a rhythm pattern.  You can also group characters ie: ghost   ghost   x-men ghost  (this would sound like titi tah.)
Have the kids play and stop with you,  go fast and slow, loud and soft……..
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
From the site perpetualpreschool.com:
-Melody:  Jingle Bells
C                                                                                             F                             
Dashing through the street meeting goblins as we go, 
    G                                         C
wearing contour sheets, wishing it would snow.
      C                                                                        F                                           
    Bells on doorbells ring making spirits bright. 
           G                                                      C
What fun it is to come and sing and get some food tonight.
  Trick-or-Treat, trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat we say. 
 F             C                         D7                                 G                   
Try to get some treats before the end of the day (or ghost takes us away, if you choose.)
 Trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat trick -or-treat we say.
F                           C                          G             C 
If you don’t have treats for us we’ll never go away.