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10 Music Activities for Kids

(For calming, cheering up, wiggles & encouragement)

by Stephanie Leavell

The music therapist in me has a pretty big {and useful} toolbox at my disposal. My 4-year-old is running circles around the house yelling that she's bored? I have a song for that! The neighbor kids are over, it's too hot to go outside and the volume is at an ELEVEN? Time to pull out anything and everything I have!

Read the full article HERE.


ABCs

Get the arrangement/chords, HERE.


Brush Your Teeth

A song for motivating kids to brush their teeth!

Get the guitar chords/lyrics HERE.


Calming A Crying Baby (A Music Therapist’s Method)

by Stephanie Leavell

The method I used is something I've used time and time again with music therapy clients and my own daughter. As I explained what I did to his dad, it occurred to me that there are some tips in there that could be useful to parents.

Read the full article HERE.


Drive My Car

by Laurie Berkner

Find the lyrics HERE.


Driving Our Car

by Stephanie Leavell

Get the chords HERE.


Evens & Odds

by Stephanie Leavell

E A7 E

2-4-6-8 who do we appreciate?

E

Those are our evens!

A7

1-3-5-7-8-9-11

E A7 E

Those are our odds!

B7 A7

If you want to count evens or odds

E

Count every other one

B7 A7

If you want to count evens or odds

E

Count every other one


Four Quarters

by Stephanie Leavell

A simple, catchy song to help kids remember that there are 4 quarters in a dollar.

                    G      D

There are four quarters

                    G      C

There are four quarters

                     G                     D      G

There are four quarters in a dollar

(Repeat)

 

F       D    F   D          G

25,   50,   75, one dollar

F       D    F   D          G

25,   50,   75, one dollar


Gimme That Beat

Gimme That Beat is a song that we dedicate a whole month to near the end of the school year. It is a method for introducing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes and whole notes to 4-6 year olds in a developmentally way. We compare them to the sound of a submarine, train, plane, or helicopter. You wouldn’t believe how quickly kids get it. Kindergarteners in particular LOVE this concept and they love being able to master it through this song.

Get the chords HERE.

Get the visuals HERE.

Find the downloadable song below.


I Can Do Things

by Stephanie Leavell

Get the chords HERE.


I’ve Got Rhythm

by Stephanie Leavell

Get the chords HERE.


Learning is for Me

by Stephanie Leavell

Get the chords HERE.


Moon Above

by Stephanie Leavell

A peaceful, relaxing song full of moon facts!

Get the chords HERE.


Music for an Overwhelmed Parent

by Stephanie Leavell

I'd like to think that the first 6 months of my daughter's life were only blissful and carefree...  nope. It was HARD. She was a preemie with sensory issues that she (mostly) outgrew, but the sight of a ceiling fan could send her into an I-WILL-SCREAM-AND-NOTHING-WILL-CALM-ME meltdown that would eventually send me into my own special kind of meltdown.

It's no coincidence that I am so passionate about helping parents and educators find the right music that can help kids through life's (inevitable) challenges. Being a music therapist who worked with kids with sensory needs set me up to be the ideal parent for my own daughter. The process was FAR from perfect, but we learned a lot together.

Something I didn't expect??? Music helped ME in a miraculous kind of way. 

(Read the full article HERE.)


Peanut Butter & Jelly

Traditional song (my favorite version is by Lisa Loeb)

Peanut, peanut butter (and jelly!)

Peanut, peanut butter (and jelly!)

First you take the peanuts and you pick em, you pick em

You pick em, pick em, pick em

Then you take the peanuts and you smash em, you smash em,

You smash em, smash em, smash em

Then you take the peanuts and you spread em, you spread em,

You spread em, spread em, spread em

Peanut, peanut butter (and jelly!)

Peanut, peanut butter (and jelly!)

Then you take the grapes and you pick em, you pick em

You pick em, pick em, pick em

Then you take the grapes and you smash em, you smash em,

You smash em, smash em, smash em

Then you take the grapes and you spread em, you spread em,

You spread em, spread em, spread em

Peanut, peanut butter (and jelly!)

Peanut, peanut butter (and jelly!)

Then you take the sandwich and you chomp it, you chomp it

You chomp it, chomp it, chomp it


Peace Like A River

Traditional (I like Elizabeth Mitchell’s version!)

Find the lyrics HERE.


Should My Kid Listen to “KID” Music?

by Stephanie Leavell

The short answer? Sure... if they like it. 

The long answer?

In music therapy research, there are two big themes that come up over and over again:

1. In a music therapy setting, live music is almost always more effective than recorded music.

2. Music preference is INCREDIBLY important. Use music the client enjoys. 

Read the full article HERE.


Sleep Baby, Sleep

by Stephanie Leavell

An original lullaby— feel free to share with your clients and students.


Sleep Routines

How to Use Music in a Bedtime Routine

by Stephanie Leavell

When I think back to my daughter's first few years, I am almost immediately taken back to the quiet nights when I rocked her to sleep while singing her special lullaby. 

One night, she sang it back to me in her own 18-month-old way. As she did, she looked lovingly into my eyes and held me tight…  just what I had done with her night after night. That was the first time I realized that her lullaby was having a huge impact.

(Read the full article HERE.)



Helping Kids Calm, Wake Up, or Sleep with Music

by Stephanie Leavell

Imagine for a moment... it's Saturday morning. The house is dark and quiet and you've miraculously been able to sleep in until 9am. 

(I'll let you stay in that dreamland for a moment.)

It's time to wake up. Music comes on and gently wakes you. It starts very quiet-- so quiet you can barely hear it-- and it gradually gets louder, coaxing you awake. It's music you love. What's your mood? 

(Read the full article HERE.)


Slow Down

by Stephanie Leavell

Get the lyrics HERE.


Spanish

Soy Una Serpiente (I am a snake)

Soy una serpiente

Que anda pol el bosque

Buscanodo una parte de su cola

¿Quiere ser usted una parte de mi cola?

Translation:

I am a snake

That walks through the forest

Looking for a part of my tail

Do you want to be a part of my tail?


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There’s A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

arranged by Stephanie Leavell

Get the chords HERE.


These Are My Glasses

by Laurie Berkner

Find the lyrics HERE.


Time To Clean Up

by Stephanie Leavell

A super-catchy-not-cheesy clean up song!

Get the chords HERE.


Transitions

Using Music To Help Kids With Transitions

by Stephanie Leavell

Kids are wired to test boundaries. It's vital to their development and it helps them build the oh-so-important skill of independent thinking. (Well-behaved women rarely make history, right?) Even though we want our kids to learn to think freely and stand up for themselves, the way that it is expressed in that teeny, tiny 2-5 year-old body can be equally perplexing and exhausting.

Read the full article HERE.


You’re Welcome

A sweet little song to help kids remember to say “you’re welcome”.

Get the chords HERE.