Sunday, September 16, 2012

How I'm feeling today

Welcome back to More with Music!

I hope you had a good weekend.

I have to admit I've wanted to post so much more than I have so far this school year, but it's been quite a busy month full of expected and unexpected things to tend to.

So, while I continue to prepare the remaining posts and song sheets for The Back to School Batch, I wanted to share a song about feelings today.

I've joined two different (but similar) groups on Facebook where music therapists from all over ask questions, give ideas and share advice and information regarding music therapy.  It is really interesting and helpful to read their group walls as I catch up with their posts each evening.

Last week on one of the Facebook group pages, a music therapist asked if anyone had additional songs/ideas to help students work on identifying emotions.  There were several great ideas posted and the music therapist was already incorporating a great song with her group.

Today I want to share a windows movie I created using Google images (windows movie is used for educational use only) and a song about feelings I wrote a couple of years ago.  

Many of the teachers I work with use this song and video with their students as part of their school day and after they sing/watch the short movie, they ask each student how they are feeling that day.

There are quite a few students that are verbal and/or nonverbal that have a very challenging time conveying their feelings to other students and their teachers.  After learning to identify their feelings by name/picture, many students can learn to tell you/show you how they are feeling.  The next step is to help students understand other students' feelings.

Once students can do this, imagine the lessons you can teach in class...respect, empathy, tolerance,etc..

I will post the song sheet for this feelings song later this week.

I hope you have a great week!

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