“Follow the News” by Wade Richards

November 3, 2012

“Follow the News” is a fun song to connect students with news events in their community, their county, and the world.  I use a Powerpoint or Keynote slideshow with the experience to highlight the lyrics as we are singing, and also to provide visuals for each news event.  For students who bring an iPad to […]

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“Get Me Going With Your Music” by Wade Richards

September 23, 2012

For the last several years I have always taken the time in September to write a new opening/greeting song.  In the past, I would create the new song and then share it with my music therapy faculty at our first departmental meeting.  I’m excited to share this year’s new song with both them and you! […]

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Learning about the United Kingdom

July 26, 2012

Time to gear up for the Summer Olympics! One way we celebrate the olympic games in our Therapeutic Arts Program is by learning about the different aspects of the olympics. One unit centers around the host city- London, United Kingdom. Map activities are always a great place to start with the group, and I enjoy […]

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“Stay Cool”

July 22, 2012

So far the weather in Upstate New York this summer has been quite hot.  I wanted to review with my students different ways to keep cool when the temperature is extreme.  There is a place in “Stay Cool” for each participant to add how they like to keep cool in the summer.  Some of my […]

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“Pack a Picnic”

July 16, 2012

Picnics are a great theme and topic for summer. Use “Pack a Picnic” to talk about the different items one can bring on a picnic: different foods, picnic supplies, and outside games. This encourages participants to label and categorize the different items. I created a visual board to use with the song that includes pictures […]

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“Small Talk”

April 21, 2012

Grab you ukulele!  It’s time for a little “Small Talk” with our friends.  I wrote this song for my “Circle of Friends” social skill group in the Therapeutic Arts Program.  My goal was to have the participants practice asking each other questions and learn how to respond to those questions with a to-the-point answer!  So […]

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“The Sorrow Stings” by Wade Richards

April 11, 2012

I wrote this song to use with a young adult who was battling severe depression and an eating disorder.  I had asked the student the week before to pick several words out a list I had created for the session.  The list included two separate columns of words.  The words on one side had negative […]

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“A Change in My Routine” by Brandon Martell

March 10, 2012

Brandon is an Eastman School of Music student enrolled in my Introduction to Special Learners class.  One class assignment is to compose an original song that assists a child with Autism to address a specific social skill.  I really liked Brandon’s presentation of his song and I asked if he would record it and share […]

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“The Wishing Tree”

March 7, 2012

In this song, the “Wishing Tree” represents our heart’s desires.  What would you wish for if you discovered the Wishing Tree?  I encourage my students to select a word that is important to them from a list of inspirational words like: love, friendship, wealth, courage, creativity, happiness, understanding, support, faith, wisdom.  Then there is a […]

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“Leap Year”

February 28, 2012

  Here is a song for leap year that includes some interesting facts.  Download the PDF companion worksheet and have a Happy Leap Day! Leap Year Worksheet Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend

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