“You’ve Got to Move” great movement activity for kids, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in music therapy

-Age: All ages depending upon tempo and strum/vocal style
-Goal Area:  various
Language skills:  include expressive and receptive language
Social skills:  sharing ways to move, taking and relinquishing turns, following directions
Motor skills: coordination, range of motion, muscle strength,
Cognitive skills: change the words to reflect knowledge of colors, numbers, letter sounds..
-Objective:  People perform the movements mentioned through song lyrics
-Materials: music and people
-Method:  I’ll leave this up to you.  Simply change the words to reflect the needs of your group or individual.  
-Adaptations: as  below. Change the words as need be.
Examples: for Language: How can we move Johnny? “tap our heads? ok You’ve got to tap like Johnny says…..
Social Skills:  You’ve got to share: Leroy and Ray…..
Motor Skills:  Circle your shoulders round and round…
Cognitive: Shake that maraca soft under your chair…..
-Submitted by: Margie La Bella of music therapy tunes.
-Melody:  http://youtu.be/1V6uWfpbNvQ by the Blind Boys of Alabama
(5 time Grammy Award winners!)
-Words and chords:


You got to move.  You got to move.
…………………….D                                     A
You got to move, child, You got to move.
…………………………A            D
But when the Lord Gets ready
You got to move.   (E7)
Verse 1
You may be high  You may be low.
…………………….D                                        A
You may be rich, child  You may be poor.
……………………….A               D                                  A          E
But when the Lord gets ready  You’ve got to move.
Verse 2
You see that woman..  That walk the street.
You see the policeman..   Out on his beat.
But when the Lord gets ready..   You got to move.



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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