“Sequencing Movement Picture Dance” activity lesson plan for music therapy for Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall season.

Goal: to stimulate attention span and language development

Objective: Students will select a card, describe the card, and imitate the action depicted in the card. Students will perform the action suggested by several pictures in a row creating a dance movement pattern to a meaningful song.

Materials:  a song (I find instrumental is better bc the children don’t get distracted by the words,) mp3 or cd player, pictures depicting actions.

Method: Therapist calls a child and asks him/her to select a picture. The child identifies the action depicted and comes up with a related movement. The therapists asks questions regarding the picture and helps the student answer (who is that, what are they doing, he is moving his____? Show me how you do that.)  The therapist asks several students to select a picture and then encourages the children to do each movement in sequence – creating a sort of dance.  Put on the music (I like instrumental) and move along.  Remember that less verbal students can show comprehension by pointing, gesturing, or moving.  There are many ways to answer a question.  If you need help, ask a Speech therapist or teacher to guide you.

Adaptations: Have the pictures correlate with a unit or topic the classroom teacher or other therapist are presenting.  I often do seasonally related movements.  Being that it’s nearly January 2013, pictures can include zipping a coat, pulling on boots, making snow angels, throwing snowballs, drinking hot cocoa……

“Don’t you Push me Down” music therapy song for social and language skills for children

Age: 0 to 5 and older
Goal Area: Setting appropriate boundaries.  (Anti-bullying./empathy)
Name of Activity: Don’t you push me down
Objective: Kids sing and discuss when probs occur, resultant feelings, and what can be done to remedy.  Kids suggest lyrics to go into the chorus.
Materials: Song. 
Method: Sing and have whatever discussions are possible
Adaptations: Roll play situations. Use puppets Draw them out. Make social stories.  Switch the words up to make it more current.
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Tune: Jingle Bells  Words: Woody Guthrie              
  C                                                                                 F                             G                                                       C
You can play with me and you can hold my hand. We can go together down to the ice cream man. 
C                                                                                                                   F                         
You can wear my mommy’s shoes. You can wear my daddy’s hat. 
 G                                                                                          C
You can even laugh at me but  don’t you push me down.
                             C                                                                                                                 G7
      Chorus:  Oh, don’t you push me, push me, push me. Don’t you push me down. (repeat, but play last chord: C)
   2.   You can play with me. We can play all day.  You can use my dishes, if you’ll put them away.
       You can feed me apples and oranges and plums, You can even wash my face but don’t you push me down.
3.  You can play with me and we can build a house. You can take my ball and bounce it all around.
     You can take my skates and ride them all around. You can even get mad at me but don’t you push me down!

“Dinosaur Feelings” music therapy activity for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and other kids

-Age:  6 to 12 and younger
-Goal Area: Emotional expression
-Name of Activity: Dinosaur Feelings (also can be used at Halloween or with animals and other characters.)  The kids always like this one.
-Objective: Kids act out the feelings mentioned in the song.  A discussion can follow about what makes them feel various ways.
-Materials: song, can have pictures of various emotions
-Method: Sing. Act. Discuss.
-Adaptations: Kids can draw their different faces and hold them up.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie@musictherapytunes.com   source unknown
-Tune:  Twinkle Twinkle.  I sing it in a minor key. Use a different tune of your choice.
-Words:  Dinosaurs short.  Dinosaurs tall.  Scarey,  friendly, and that’s not all. 
             Some feel happy.  Some feel sad. Some feel scared and some feel mad!
              We like dinosaurs here and there.  We like dinosaurs everywhere.

“2 Wait your turn and Share songs” for music therapy with young children with special needs

Goal Area: Social (waiting, sharing, relinquishing turn.)
Name of Activity: Let’s sing hello adapted from J. Geils “Centerfold” (Check out the melody on youtube.)
Objective: kids will share and play instruments when their name is sung by the therapist.
Materials:  guitar, lyrics, and interesting rhythm instruments.
Method: MT puts instruments in the center of the song circle. Children come to the center and share instruments (or an instrument)
when their name is sung.  Children all sing during the chorus.
Adaptations: (optional)   An easy articulation drill.
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie and Cindy S. c/o Margielessonplans@gmail.com
Lyrics,chords, solfege, melody used: 
          C         F     C         F    C                     F              C                                                  C
Let’s sing hello    to       every-  one.  Now ___ and ____, let’s have some fun. 
 C            Bb             F                        G            
Singing na na    na na   na   na..  Na na na na na na. (Repeat nas.)
Goal Area: Social Skills: parallel and cooperative play
Name of Activity: share the drum
Objective: Children will share the drum, (wait for, take, and relinquish turns.)
Materials: drum, possibly two sticks.  (I use pencils or plastic spoons.)
Method: Place one large drum between two children
Adaptations: Use home made drums, or a large tambourine. 
Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella margielessonplans@gmail.com
Lyrics and Chords:  Melody: Froggie went a-courtin (Check out the melody on youtube.)
C                                         F                    G                      C        F        C
Name and Name you share the drum.   Boom-boom.  Boom-boom. (or any sound you’d like them to create.)
 C                                          F            C                        G           C       G
Name and Name you share the drum.   Boom-boom.  Boom-boom.
C                                           F               C         D7                            F7
Name and Name you share the drum.   Make that thing go bum-bum-bum.
C                                   F              G                   C           F         C

“Hello, Hello!” Music Therapy Hello Song for young children

-Realm: Music therapy activities for young early intervention and/or preschool children
-Age: 0-5
-Goal Area: language and social
_Name of Activity: Janice’s Hello Song
-Objective:  Children will establish and maintain eye-contact, wave, and sing hello to the therapist.
-Materials: Hello, Hola! by Janice Buckner (On her “Learning Skills for Little One’s”  CD see Janicebuckner.com)
-Method: Sing along and modify as per needs of child/group.
Use this tune to teach other skills by simply substituting lyrics.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email) Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes
Lyrics,chords, solfege, melody used
C                F                      C               G                     C               F                           G         C
Hello, Hello (rest rest)  Hello,  Hello (rest rest)  Hello, Hello (rest rest) It’s music time.
Mi do  mi fa                   mi do   mi re                     mi do   mi fa                   fa  mi re   do