Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall is Here!

Happy Fall!
Sunny days with cool breezes are definitely something to get excited about!
Things have definitely been busy in my neck of the woods!  This school year has gotten off to a great start and I've enjoyed seeing all of my little and not so little friends again.  :)

Today I have a song about apples to share.  I recommend using this song with younger groups (I work in special education classrooms and use this song with students who are PreK-5), and it focuses on color identification (red, yellow & green), and following directions.

I had so much fun recording this one!  I added a violin part to give it something a little special.  I think it really made the song sound good!   I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I have already implemented this song in a couple of classrooms and the students are digging it.  For visual aides, I've used printed apple clip pictures art that have been laminated and then students put them in a basket.  I've also used a large picture of a basket with velcro dots on the front of it and the students place their laminated apple picture on the basket.  Both ways have worked well!
How could you incorporate this song in your sessions?

As always, thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more posts!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Songs with Props

Happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing a song that is sure to be a favorite among your younger students!
Why am I so sure?  Well, let's just say one word:  Trains!

If you read my last post, you are already aware of the awesome train track tape that I stumbled upon at the store.  (I'm still excited that this product even exists!)  If you missed my last post, you can scroll down or you can find it here.

Well, I decided to write another song that I could use with younger students while incorporating the train track tape (the prop for this song).  So, before you begin the song, ideally you would have the train track tape on the floor before the students/group enter the session area.  You can even use this as part of your structure to the beginning of the session, "Everyone find a spot around the train track."

This song features a chorus that repeats after each verse:
"Choo-choo, choo-choo,
Chugga, chugga, chugga
Chugga, chugga, chugga
Choo-choo, choo-choo"

The verses call on the students to follow directions and participate in 3 movements:
Stomp our feet
Pump our arms
Raise one hand high and pull down

Click on the link below to hear the Choo-Choo Train song.
(This song is also available for purchase via the link as well.)

I can't wait to use this song with some of my younger groups!  How about you?
A song lyric sheet is available upon request for this song as well.
Please email me at to request a song lyric sheet.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Songs with Props

Happy Friday!
I've been busy going through my vault of songs and making lists of new song topics to work on and spending time creating new ways to implement oldies but goodies too.
Today I came across a song I shared awhile back called "Clickety Clack".

Many of the students I work with love trains, so I wrote this song to implement one of their favorite toys while addressing counting goals (specifically counting and recognizing numbers 1-5).

In terms of implementing this song, I typically use laminated cut outs of different color trains with the numbers on the sides of them.  (Sometimes I also have the number word on the other side of each train and this allows me to address another goal with some students who can already identify the numerals but not the number words themselves).

As I sing the song, students either hold up their train or place it on the floor and we put them in order after all the numbers have been identified.

Well, today while I was out shopping, I saw the coolest prop for this song!
Train Track Play Tape! (They have it at Wal-Mart for $9.33!)

It's a roll of tape that easily sticks to flat surfaces and comes off with no sticky residue leftover to clean up.
How cool is that?!?

So now, I can place a piece of tape on the carpet or table and the students can place their trains on the tape.  What a cool prop!  It also functions as a visual number line when we place the trains in order from 1-5 also.

How could you implement trains and/or train tape within your music therapy sessions?
Do you have song props that you just love?  Please comment below and share!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer is here!

It's officially the first day of summer!!!
I'm posting an old song that's one of my "go to" songs for the summer season.

The repetitive chorus ("It's hot, hot, hot!"), is an easy one that kids can quickly learn.  It's also an easy one to sing into and record onto a BigMac, or any voice output device, for students who are nonverbal.  In most sessions, I cue the kids to sing this part by themselves.  I have pictures of all the items mentioned in the song and the kids love labeling each picture as we sing the song.
A couple of years (and many sessions ago),  I quickly learned that anytime you incorporate food within songs it's a definite win with the kids (and most adults too!) :)  So, I purposely included popsicles and ice cream in this song too.

What other songs do you sing in the summer?
I hope you are having a great summer so far.  
Stay tuned for more song posts here at More with Music!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I Can Pour A Cup

Just reading that title made you thirsty, didn't it?  :)
Well, today's post is not about an actual beverage, but instead it's about measuring with cups.

Many of the students I serve are learning about different methods of measurement.
So, I wrote a song to help students learn about liquid measuring cups specifically.

I wrote this song in order to help students understand three things: 
1.  the action of measuring with a measuring cup-you pour from the bottom to the top
2.  you measure as the liquid moves up-you look for the lines on the cup
3.  fractions are used in measurement (identifying 1/4, 1/2, and 1 cup)

I've been singing this song a lot the past two weeks.  The rhyming in the repetitive chorus has helped students pick it up quickly.  I also added some simple actions to the chorus.
The chorus lyrics are below along with the actions I added.

Oh, I can pour a cup (pretend to hold a cup and make a pouring motion with your hand)
from the bottom to the top (point to floor, then point to ceiling)
and measure all the way up (extend arms straight out, palms up, and hands rise up in front of you as you sing, "all the way up")

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more songs about measurement!