“City Sounds” music therapy sound poem for children,adolescents, and adults

-Age:  6 to 12 and up
-Goal: Cooperation, group contribution and participation.
-Name of Activity: Silence  (a sound poem)
– Materials: Instruments to represent the different objects in the poem.
-Method: The group creates background music/ sound effects  after each line of the poem is read.
-Adaptations: Have the group read it emphasizing the last word of each sentence in a way that relates to that word.  Certainly, you can create your own image and sound poem.  Compose free form background music for the poem.  Listen to different compositions and select the best one for the poem.
-Source: Eve Merriam – The inner city mother goose
-Submitted by:  Margie@musictherapytunes.com
Hark, Hark the dogs do bark.  The neighbors yell. The babies cry. The busses grind.
The bongs bong. The telephones ring. The jet plans fly. The car horns honk
The taxis screech. The radio’s on. The TV’s high.
The rock and roll pours from the CD stores.
The subway roars. The old women mutter in the gutter.
The rats squeak. The flies buzz. Only the roaches quietly crawl.


 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
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