I’ve been working on the Farm Yard / barn yard music therapy activity song for children (helps with vocalizing and vocal play.)

I asked my observation student, Anne Crean, to come up with an animal song. She said she tried to avoid “Old Mac Donald” and so adapted this song on her own. Great job “observing”, Anne!!

This song would work quite well with youngsters needing to discover and experiment with their voices and vocal abilities. Older tykes needing to associate animal sounds with animals and those needing experience in producing certain sounds (C-V, and CVCs) would also benefit from this one.

I’ve been working on the farm yard all the live long day.
D E7 A
I’ve been working on the farm yard to pass the time away.
A7 D G F#7 OR D7
Can’t you hear the cows all mooing; moo moo moo moo moooo.
G D A7 D
Can’t you hear the cows all mooing; moo moo moo moo mooo.

(Then- in place of “Dinah won’t you blow,” simply add in your own mooooosic and moo your heart out.)
Chords are:
D/D/G/G/A/A/D/D/ D/D/E/E/A7/A7/D//

Switch animals and related sounds until your group is all sung out.

“1,2,3,Whee!” a great movement and vocalization music therapy activity for kids of all ages

1,2,3, Wheee!   Song by Eric Litwin of the “Pete the Cat” series.

Love this Song: Why is it so good? It’s totally appealing and easy to  interchange words. Think about getting kids to vocalize and explore sound! Sing about sneezing or hiccuping.  Have the kids suggest a word within a category or thematic unit, such as: “1,2,3, Pumpkin!”  Let the children come up with ways to move or ask an OT or PT what movements they think would be beneficial to sing for your group.  

By itself, this song is great for following one-step directions over time and is useful for receptive language and motor skills.  I tell the older children to freeze until the command lyric is given so it adds an element of impulse control, waiting, and audiation (knowing and hearing something in your mind. Think of the clapping in the song “Bingo.”)

Personally, I think this song could be used with other age groups and populations all the way through geriatrics. It may be the fun motivating stimulus to elicit an increased range of motion (ROM) and encourage exercise. Change up the style if need be.

Listen to the melody at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpq9lxIyb8w  

(click and drag link, then right click and select “go to ……”

Style: Big Band
Lyrics and Chords:

 1 2 3 Whee!  (D7)

1 2 3 Whee!  (D7)
1 2 3 Whee! (G7)
1 2 3 Whee! (D7)
1 2 3 Whee! (A7-G7)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (Aaug or D)

  1 2 3 Jump!  (Same chords each verse)

1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 Jump!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 Instrumental Jam verse. I like to incorporate move and freeze.  On the same chords. Sing some Jazzy scat.

1 2 3 Shake!

1 2 3 Shake!

1 2 3 Shake!
1 2 3 Shake!
1 2 3 Shake!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 Another Instrumental verse.   Have the kids think of how to move for this verse.

1 2 3 Twist!

1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 Twist!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 1 2 3 Whee!

1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 Whee!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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

“River Flow” music therapy song for vocalization and oral-motor skills (great speech therapy song!)

Age: 0 to 5 and older
Goal Area: Language (expressive / oro-motor and receptive)  SEE VIDEO Page
Name of Activity: I love to watch the river flow by Laurie Berkner’s   Rocketship CD   (Check out the melody on you tube.)
Objective: Children will vocalize during the chorus and perform the directions presented during the verses.
Materials: Lyrics and children (see videos)
Method: Sing the song and encourage to vocalize during the chorus. (A toy/real mic will help.) Model the directions given through the verse.
Adaptations: (optional)  Make it an artic song and put various consonants before the vowell/s, vary the one-step direction.  (doo-dah, or boo-bah, or eee-ah depending upon the needs of the group.  
Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie at musictherapytunes.com
Walk Along The River  (look under the video section)
When I walk along the river (I take a step, I take a step, I take another step)
[repeat 2x: first time using a C chord, then using a D chord ]
      C            G                     D
 I love to watch the river flow 2x
… … … … 
   chorus:    G                                   D                           
       It goes ooh wah ooh wah   Ooh wah ooh wah   
    A7                                                 D
  Ooh wah ooh wah   ooh wah ooh.  (repeat one time.)
    Verse 2:  When I Jump Along the river….
    Verse 3:  When I dance along the river….

“Matilda” superb speech and music therapy song

-Age: 0-5 and beyond
-Goal Area: expressive language and vocalization, oro motor skills, vowel sequencing …..
-Name of Activity: Matilda the Gorilla
-Objective: Kids will sing the vowels “ooh” and “ah.”
-Materials: lyrics and children
-Method: Sing and encourage any vocalizaiton (See VIDEO Page!)
-Adaptations: Children can jump or clap etc. during the verses.
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
( This song is amazingly successful.  It is “magic” with the children. They “all” respond well to it.  Does anybody know  who wrote it???)
 C                     G                            F                     C                                                        
I had a pet gorilla    and her name it was Matilda.
 C                                                   F                 C                    G   
Matilda loved to sing songs every day. This is what Matilda
the gorilla   would say.
                 C                           G                       F                       C                                                         
Chorus: Ooh, ooh, ooh.  Ah, ah, ah.     Ooh, ooh, ooh.  Ah, ah, ah.     
C                            F
Ooh, ooh, ooh.   Ah, ah, ah. 
               C       G         C
Singin ooh,   ah, ah, ah.
  1. 2             We went walking through the park. The people would laugh…and the dogs would bark.
           They never understood what Matilda would sing. Cause she was singing her gorilla thing.
   3.    Finally the circus man came along. He said “Matilda, I know where you belong. “
           Now in the circus, you can see Matilda and her gorilla family.

“Sneezing Song” music therapy song for vocalization

-Age: 0 to 5
-Goal Area: Expressive language, and good hygene.
-Name of Activity: I’ve got a cold in my nose
-Objective: children vocalize “ah-choo”  and say and/or point to their nose. (Kids think these noises are funny and will often vocalize.)
-Materials: I’ve got a cold in my nose – anybody know the source of these lyrics??
-Method: Sing along and encourage the objective
-Adaptations: (optional)  see verse two. 
-Submitted by: (optional name and email)  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Lyrics,chords, melody: I use another melody but it works well with “Popeye the Sailor man” (Check out the melody on youtube.)
 D                    A               D                                   G                 A               D
I’ve got a cold in my nose “ahh-chooo!    ”I ‘ve got a cold in my nose “ahh-chooo!”
    G                                     D                                            A                                        D
I went to the doctor to see what to do.      The doctor said, “I have one, too.” Ah-choo! Ah-choo!
Here’s a verse about coughing:   I’ve got a cough in my mouth.  I’ve got a cough in my mouth.
                                                     I drove in my car (beep, beep) and traveled down south.
                                                     And now I’ve got this cough in my mouth!
And about hiccups:              What do you do about hiccups?  What do you do with these hiccup?
                                              You could shout a big “boo” or “this is a stick-up” (you try to rhyme the word hiccup! Ok, you can change it.)
                                               I don’t know what to do with these hiccups!

Music Therapy Halloween Song for Young Children (The Monster in the Mirror)

-Age: 0-5 and older
-Goal Area: articulation, oro-motor (another good “speech therapy” song.)
Objective: Children vocalize along with the chorus. 
-Materials: Song from Sesame Street. (Check out the melody on you tube.)
-Method: Sing and encourage all singing
-Adaptations: Great Opportunity for articulation exercise!!  Also for associating a sound with a letter for pre-reading awareness. Just change the initial consonant from “w” to a different sound.
Simplify the chorus by repeating line one over 2x and then end on the origional phrase.
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella  email: Margie@musictherapytunes.com
-Lyrics,chords, solfege, melody used  Sesame Street  Google the video on youtube for the melody.
              Am                                                   E7                                                                          
Saw a monster in the mirror when I woke up today 
A monster in my mirror but I did not run away
   C                                          Dm
I did not shed a tear or hide beneath my bed ,
                         E7                                                         Am
Though the monster looked at me and this is what he said:
                   C                                                    Dm
He said “Wubba wubba wubba wubba woo woo woo.” 
 G7                                                 Am
Wubba wubba wubba and a doodly do
                    C                                                  F                 C                         G                  F              C
He sang “Wubba wubba wubba” so I sang it too. Do not wubba me or I will wubba you .
   C                        G                 F              C
Do not wubba me or I will  wubba you.
2. Told the monster in the mirror, “No, I am not scared.”
Then I smiled at him and thanked him for the song that we had shared.
Well, the monster thanked me too, he smiled right back and then
the monster in the sang his song again.
 3. If your mirror has a monster in it, do not shout.
This kind of situation does not call for freaking out
And do nothing that you would not like to see him do ‘
Cause that monster in the mirror he just might be