Songs

Back to School

by admin on September 14, 2015

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It’s September!  School is back in session, and I wanted to combine a welcome back song with identifying different school subjects.  For some of my students, I provide music support specifically to address academic skills.  By singing through “Back to School”, I have a fun way to outline  different subjects, and then later either assess specific skills within these subject areas, or find out which subjects  my students prefer.  For one of my students, he selects the subject he would like to work on by choosing it on either his device, or my iPad.  On my iPad, I use the app Proloquo2Go.  It is so easy to add new folders, voicings, and icons.  Below is a snap shot of the board I created just for this song.  (It took less than 2 minutes to do so!)

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I love creating slideshows for new songs and concepts I am working on with students, so below is the link to the PDF file for “Back to School”.  Also, rather than recording the song, I simply provided you with a PDF of the score.

Back to School PDF slideshow

Back to School Score

Back to School

Now, that I am back to school

And the summer’s almost through,

More to learn and more to do,

Now, that I am back to school.

 

Social Studies and Science,

Reading and Writing,

Spelling and Sports,

Music and Math.

 

Now, that I am back to school

And the summer’s almost through,

More to learn and more to do,

Now, that I am back to school.

 

Learn from teachers,

Play with friends,

Eat my lunch,

Back to school again.

 

Now, that I am back to school

And the summer’s almost through,

More to learn and more to do,

Now, that I am back to school.

Now, that I am back to school.

 

 

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

by admin on October 15, 2014

tumblr_krz99dZfkp1qz6f9yo1_r1_500 While working on calendar skills and social questions, I composed a song to work on both.  I isolated three days on the calendar, to work on labeling yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  I found that isolating these three days helped students learn the concept faster.  I created a simple board to use as a visual support, with the words yesterday, today, and tomorrow on the bottom and then a blank box above each work.  By laminating the sheet, I could reuse the board. Then, to work on creating social questions related to the 3 days, I created cards for the following sentences.  One card for each word in the sentence: What did you do yesterday? What did you do today? What are you doing tomorrow? I would give a student a five card packet, and have them put the sentence in the correct order.  I provided music support as needed, maybe singing the sentence before they attempted to put the words in order.

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Follow the Classroom Rules

September 25, 2014

For one of the school district classrooms I consult with, the classroom teacher requested a song to assist her students in remembering, and understanding, the basic rules of the classroom.  I created a song and video for the teacher to use in the classroom, and we also outlined some basic movements that could be used […]

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Ladybug, Ladybug

June 25, 2014

I recently featured “Ladybug, Ladybug” on the June episode of On-The-Go Studio Podcast.  I talked about creating the song to address fine motor skills and to learn parts of the body. I love signing this song with children, so I quickly put together a short sign language tutorial for the song, enjoy!   To receive […]

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“Super Bowl Sunday”

January 29, 2014

Are you gonna watch?  My “Super Bowl Sunday” song has been one I have used for a few years now.  Since many of my students have requested to sing and play it again this year, I simply updated the song to include the new teams and Super Bowl 48 information.  This year my student Shannon […]

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“That Is Why You Are My Valentine” by Wade Richards (featuring Bonnie Hayhurst)

February 7, 2013

On Episode 2 of On-The-Go Studio Podcast, I shared this new Valentine’s Day song and experience.  The previous link will also lead you to bonus materials for this song under the Show Extras area.  Bonnie Hayhurst, a music therapist and owner of “The Groovy Garfoose“, offered her vocals for the track. Become a Song Shop […]

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Exploring Job Goals Through Songwriting

January 6, 2013

One aspect of the Therapeutic Arts Program at Blue Ridge is to expose our students (ages 17-30) to prevocational training in their program.  This may include self-assessment of skills, creating resumes, community outings, or working on job skills like (planning, sorting, alphabetizing, following directions, working as a team member to complete a project, etc.).  For some […]

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“Getting Ready for the Holidays” by W. Richards

December 17, 2012

I wrote “Getting Ready for the Holidays” to encourage my students to sing short phrases and then use their expressive language skills as they viewed pictures in a slideshow.  It’s a great way for students to create short lyrical phrases within the following categories: shopping for the holidays, decorating for the holidays, traveling for the […]

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“Holiday Time in the Bakery” by S. Enloe & W. Richards

December 16, 2012

Shannon Enloe, a student at Blue Ridge Music Therapy Center, has been working in the bakery at a local Wegmans store for many years.  A few years ago she wrote “The Bakery Song” and then performed it at our Spook and Sing concert at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance (see video below).  This year […]

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“Holidays” by L. Oliver & W. Richards

November 26, 2012

“Holidays” is a songwriting collaboration between Time for Music and Lindsey Oliver from Allegro Harmonies.  Lindsey and I work together at Blue Ridge Music Therapy Center and we thought it would be fun to sit down and write a holiday song together.  Songwriting with a partner is great because often you lead each other through […]

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