Archive for Singing/Voice

A Great Song for Passing Games

This Spanish song makes a wonderful accompaniment for any passing game. Use egg shakers (as we do in the video) or anything you like. This was first introduced to me by Sofia Lopez-Ibor during a Level I Orff-Schulwerk course. Need the words? Find them by searching for “Endunda si gualaguasi pembe.” Enjoy! Need more like […]

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Therapeutic Music Making

What is Therapeutic Music? Therapeutic music is any music or sound form that is used purposefully and skillfully to create a desired change in a person’s physical, emotional, or cognitive state. In short, it is music that helps people create positive change. What is Therapeutic Music Making? Therapeutic music making is the act of creating […]

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To You – Much Aloha

This is an adaptation of a Hawaiian songs called “Pupu Hinuhinu.” The original song was written by Nona Beamer in the Hawaiian language (1950). It talks about a little shiny shell found at the seashore and is often used as a lullaby. I created these English lyrics for the verse for use as an appreciation […]

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Keeping that Beat Steady

If you’re a teacher, therapist or facilitator who uses group drumming experiences with your participants, you’ve probably witnessed situations where the group starts off playing together, only to end up in a sort of “downhill” race to the finish line. The tendency to speed up is quite common with young children, but it also is something that happens with just about any group.

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Rasa Sayang

Here’s a traditional folk song from Indonesia that you can use with your groups. It’s full of energy and very uplifting! Add drums, clapping, dancing, and smiles. Rasa Sayang DCM is sponsored by: DCMU Get access to DVD-quallity professional development resources for one low annual fee. Available 24/7 from any computer.

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I Had a Little Rooster

This is a fun song that encourages participants to imitate animal sounds and challenge their memories while having a great time. It’s a folk song that you can teach quickly (while it’s happening) and sing with or without instrumental accompaniment. It promotes thinking, silliness, and laughter! Hurray! I Had a Rooster DCM is sponsored by: […]

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Play’n My Drum Blues

This is a fun song about ‘play’n my drum’ that I use with groups of all kinds. I usually accompany and support the group by playing ukulele and singing the song, prompting participation throughout and especially during the echo of “play’n my drum” and the “yeh!” lyric during the last bar. Use it. Make it […]

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The Never-Ending Song

This is a very simple song that I wrote in Hawaii! It can be used as a way to open up dialogue, ask for help, give help, and discuss relationships, both intra- and interpersonal. Use it in music therapy or within recreational music settings to elicit sharing and feelings of community. Enjoy! The Never-Ending Song […]

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You Are my Sunshine

You are my Sunshine is a very popular folk song that is great for group singing and community music making. Enjoy! You Are My Sunshine DCM is sponsored by: DCMU Get access to DVD-quallity professional development resources for one low annual fee. Available 24/7 from any computer.

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I Can Drum!

This is a simple song that you can use during group drumming. It’s based on a popular Scottish folk song, Aiken Drum. Enjoy! I Can Drum DCM is sponsored by: DCMU Get access to DVD-quallity professional development resources for one low annual fee. Available 24/7 from any computer.

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