Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

The inspiration for today's song came from a saying many of us hear each year in the spring:  April showers bring May flowers. 
I wrote this song a couple years ago, but it is still one of my go to songs to sing with young students in the spring. 



Here are the lyrics:

Chorus: April showers bring May flowers.  It is Spring.

Pitter patter raindrops I can hear, Pitter patter raindrops I can hear.
 (Chorus)
Wind is blowing, I can hear, Wind is blowing, I can hear.
 (Chorus)
Thunder clapping, I can hear, Thunder clapping, I can hear.
 (Chorus)

I love incorporating different instruments to make different sounds you can hear in a storm, but I specifically use the Remo hand drum with this song. 
With the hand drum, I ask students to walk their index and middle fingers across the drum to make pitter patter (raindrop) sounds. For the wind blowing, I ask students to rub the drum with a flat hand in a circular motion. (Many of them love this movement for its sensory feedback!) Lastly, for "thunder clapping," I ask students to beat the drum with a flat hand for a few beats.
(I, of course, give plenty of time and repeat the verses while the students are taking turns playing the different sounds in the song).

The students love this song and I really enjoy singing it with them each spring.  It's a great song to use with students who are working on turn taking, fine motor coordination, listening skills, and impulse control.  

What other songs do you love to sing with kids in the spring?
Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Moving to Learn

I love reading articles and research about how we learn and how the brain works and develops.  I saw this article below and just had to share it.

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/26/why-kids-need-to-move-touch-and-experience-to-learn/

The article really stresses that children retain more knowledge if they move and connect actions and movements to their learning .

As a music therapist, I strive to find ways to incorporate many different movements within songs I sing with students.  We count with our fingers, we incorporate sign language for certain vocabulary words, we move to the music and we pat the beat on various parts of our body to stay together and engaged.

I think this research is right on the money!  Children and adults of all ages learn more when movement is combined with new content and information.
What do you think?

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Song Post

Welcome back!
While planning sessions over the weekend, I went back into my collection of holiday songs to find a song for St. Patrick's Day.  I love singing about the holidays within our monthly calendar song with the students.   I also write a separate song for most holidays so that we can focus on what those particular holidays represent.
So today's song share is about St. Patrick's Day.  In this song, I was sure to include the color green, leprechauns, shamrocks,  four leaf clovers and  rainbows.
The song is below.  If you would like a song sheet with lyrics and guitar chords for this song, send an email to morewithmusic@gmail.com.

Have an awesome week and don't forget to wear something green!



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Rosie's Walk

Today's song post is about a children's book called Rosie's Walk.
This book was written by Pat Hutchins.
I adore this book for it's simplicity, colorful illustrations and use of positional words.

Rosie's Walk is about a hen, named Rosie, and a fox, who is following Rosie around the farm all day. The students enjoy looking at the illustrations in this book as they show what happens to the fox as he follows Rosie all day. The positional words mentioned in this book are: on, across, around, over, past, through and under.



I incorporated this book in several music therapy sessions recently.
After singing through the book and showing the pictures, I added signs for the positional words mentioned in the story.  The students loved this story.  They were curious to see if the fox would catch Rosie and many of them predicted at the beginning of the story that the fox "would eat Rosie".  You'll have to check this book out to find out what really happens.  :)

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned for more posts!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

And then there were two!

That's right...I have a good excuse for not posting in over two months!

Things have been more than busy around here with my usual work and mommy schedule.  A week before this past Christmas, we added an addition to our family-a golden retriever puppy!
(I know...the title of this post made you think something else was going on) :)

This is our puppy Oakley.







He loves my son and gets excited over just about everything.
He also loves the snow we received today!

So, we've been busy with crate training (which is going really well!), house training (going great-thank goodness for the bell hanging on the back door!), puppy classes and lots of attention for the puppy himself.
(Did I mention this pup does not like violin music?  Let's just say it has been a learning experience and we've adapted many things around here to make things work and flow.) 



So, all that aside, I'm still around.  :)







Stay tuned tomorrow for another blog post!  I'll be sharing a song to go along with a book that helps students learn positional words!

Stay warm!