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4 CD set: Move Sing Play Along and Learn
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Music Therapy Tunes
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 The premise of the “Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!” CD series is that children learn best when physically and emotionally engaged. A good  music therapy song is highly motivating, involves the whole brain, and provides a multi-sensory experience. Add the two together and you get one effective, dynamic, interactive learning series!
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Who is it for?

  • 1st Graders (6 to 7-year-olds)
  • 2nd Graders, (7 to 8-year-olds)
  • Kindergarteners (5 to 6-year-olds)
  • Pre-K
  • Homeschoolers
  • Educators
  • Parents
  • Students with special needs or learning disabilities


What's included? 

 The series is broken down into three goal areas that are crucial to language and concept/academic development.  The first CD is called “Move” and it focuses on receptive language skills necessary to understand directions.  The “Sing” CD is about vocal play and  expressive language.  The “Play” CD uses rhythm instruments, body percussion, and movement to sound in order to promote auditory discrimination and processing.   “Mixing it up”  gets children moving, singing, and playing. The Sampler consists of two songs from each  CD, and is a good way to get to know Margie as a composer and performer. 

  The songs have been written, tested, and revised according to the needs of the children where Margie has worked as a music therapist for over 20 years.  Teachers, therapists,  specialists, parents and kids alike have found the recordings good for the ears, body, brain, and heart.  

  • Benefits and uses of Mixing it Up!    1. Hey Hello Benefits: Good for encouraging language via catchy, predictable, repeated “hey, hello” phrase. To elicit more interaction, try singing hello into a mic. (Party stores sell cheap, fun toy mics).   2. Move it to the Music. Benefits: One step direction/movement concepts of move, shake, scratch, twist, jump, and dance. Impulse and motor control via the stopping and starting.   3. I’ve Got the Music In Me Benefits: This is a good song for following simple directions, and making fun sounds that can help with articulation and intelligibility. The last verse is especially for this.    4. Body Rap Benefits: This song provides for great energy release and incorporates sequencing  patterning, and memory skills.   5. Everybody Touch your Head Benefits: This song helps children learn various body parts and spatial concepts.   6. We All Have Feelings Benefits: This song assists the verbal and non-verbal expression of feelings.   7. Tweet, Tweet Little Birdy Benefits: Vocalization, listening comprehension, pretending/abstracting.          Older children can immediately echo each phrase during the short pause. This helps to                  develop sentence length and related memory.   9. Very Best Band Benefits: This song is good for attention span, turn taking, instrument vocabulary and                       identification, impulse control, sequencing, and contributing to the group.   8. Everybody Touch (karaoke/fill-in) This version is to teach personalized concepts- go as tricky or as simple as you want.   10. Jump High, Turn Around Benefits: Children follow a sequence of three directions.   11. Teddies to Turtles Benefits: Following multiple directions, creativity, imagination (abstraction).   12. Sharing, Caring, Moving and Growing Benefits: This is a relaxing, beautiful song to sing and /or sign to.   Benefits of MOVE!   1.Everybody Wave Hello This song opens our time together and sets the stage for upcoming learning. Children can the the opportunity to follow three one-step directions, while reaching out to connect with other people.   2. Doin' the Robot Dance To improve auditory processing skills (listening and following directions.) The rapid-fire lyrics command attention and help children to learn the words associated with ways of specific body parts. Older children can move to the beat.   3. Move and Stop Younger children can simply follow the one-step directions. Children relate body parts with an associated motion. This song is also good for improving auditory attention skills, and motor/impulse control. Older children can perform the last line (three 1-step directions in rapid   sequence).   4. Stand up, Sit Back Down To provide a positive outlet for a natural action of children, (to leave their seat.) To foster learning of body parts and ways to move them. Children move specified body parts as suggested by song. Children move in creative ways within the confines suggested by lyrics                         5. Growl, Growl, Stomp This song helps with listening and pretending skills, both needed for cognitive development.  It also stimulates attention (to the movements of the mother and baby bears,)as well as auditory anticipation and vocalization of “Grrowl!” The repetitive “growl, growl, stomp!) gives a sense of sequencing and energy/vocal release.   6. The Yee-haw Song This song requires receptive understanding of body parts and associated movements, as well as expressive use of the word “Yeehaw!”             Children can simulate the galloping sound of a horse by tapping their knees                       during the chorus, or by pretending to ride a horse like a cowboy. Older children can perform the directive twice and sing “yeehaw!”   7.  Multi-Step Blues To improve ability to follow a (long) string  of quick one-step directions and control one's actions, body vocabulary and associated verbs, attention, backward sequencing of                                      directions, motor control and outlet for energy.   8. OPPOSITE JAM Helps facilitate the understanding of each concept individually (tall, small,   happy, sad, lift, arms, up, flutter, down, fast, slow, squeeze, and relax) and in contrast to it’s opposite. Other benefits: body vocabulary and associated verbs, attention, backward sequencing of   directions, motor control and outlet for energy.   9. THE CATERPILLAR To stimulate pretending and other higher process thinking skills. To foster focus, bodily relaxation and the concept of slow. To teach about how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.  Sometimes our lives can do the same. Making dreams come true. 10 .  Move it by your Chair Aids in experiential learning of the concepts: in front of, behind, on the side, over, and under. The children learn about spatial relationships (prepositions) and counting while dancing freely to a lively beat. You may want to pause the CD after each direction is                 sung, help the children to the correct location, and then resume the music and dancing. The children can relax and listen to the fading drum beats at the end of the song.   11. One Step Blues This song provides a deal of time to process the meaning of verbs and related body parts. Children can carry out the one part direction to the timing of the related sound effects. This is good for auditory attending and memory.   12. Thinking Song -version one: chords To help teach body parts and simple problem solving. Older children can pretend to rock a baby each time they hear the words“baby”, and “honey.” They can also alternate or switch sides of the body each time a direction is given within a verse, as this is good for integrating sides of the brain.   13. Stand Up, Sit Down (version 2) The directions to the song are easier to understand and less the accompaniment is less distracting.   14. Thinking Song -level two This song fosters listening and creative problem-solving. It requires knowledge of body parts and quick deciphering skills. Older children can pretend to rock a baby each time they hear the words“baby”, and “honey.” They can also alternate or switch sides of the body each time a direction is given within a verse, as this is good for integrating sides of the brain.   15. Growl, Growl, Stomp (instrumental version.) Just nice to listen or sing along to. 16. Music time is Over This peacefully ends the listening time. This song naturally lends itself to swaying, rocking, and holding hands. Everyone can end on a positive, social, successful, relaxing note.   Benefits of SING CD   1.  Open your Mouth Purpose: to open the session in a friendly, social, and successful  manner. To help children create the “ah,” “oo,” and “ee.” vowels  and articulate the “ooh-ee”  sound.   2. Monkey Song The children gain vocal and oral-motor experience as they sing “ah,”  “ee,” and “ooh.” They remember and sequence sound patterns.   3. The Leeway Train This song helps the kid's speech skills through making the appropriate sound effects.   4. The Puppet Song (version one) Children connect an animal with the sound it produces.  Children vocalize the animal sounds.  Children hear and produce loud and soft sounds.   5. Tap it on your head - - acapella version Helps to teach body part vocabulary and articulation/vocalization. The good thing about it being acappella is that the words are easy to hear and the feel of the music is gentler.   6. Variations on Miss Mary Mack This silly song not only entices children to repeat each short phrase, but invites them to discuss the absurdities.   7. Sing an Echo song This song is used to help children improve the ability to produce certain sounds, increase phrase  length, and improve auditory attention and memory.  All four skills are used by children as they put words together in increasingly complex sentences.   8. TDLN 50s Arctic Song To improve the ability to “Do-wop” and articulate the “T”, “D”, “L,” and “N” sounds. These sounds all involve placing the tip of the tongue behind the top of the upper teeth.   9. Three Little Monkeys To encourage use of sentences. Also good for sequencing of ideas and understanding of lyrics as demonstrated by pretend play.   10. the Wolf Cub Children vocalize the “ooh” sound of the wolf.  Children act out the lyrics, and demonstrate an understanding of the concepts involved; open,  shake, over, under, up, down, side, and families.   11. The Vehicle song Vocalization and vocal play, imitation of common sounds, articulation.   12. The Animal Song II To elicit vocalization of animal sounds. This is necessary for speech and involves articulation of specified sounds.   13. Tap it on your Head - - Full version Helps to teach body part vocabulary and articulation/vocalization. This version works with kids who need the extra stimulation to elicit attention.   14. Sing an Echo song   blank/fill-in verses Have the kids sing the first sound of their name, or the letter/sound  of  the week, or about the sound a sheep makes, or blow a kiss.  You can also vary the rhythm of the sounds such as “bah. Bah. Be-be  bah.” Make little memory drills by singing such phrases as “be-bo-bay.”If you don't sing solo, then just speak these things over the music.   15. Goodbye Now Children catch on to the rhythm and continuity of the lyrics quickly. It’s a natural way to teach the goodbye interaction, and it can include waving, shaking hands, holding hands, and blowing kisses (another good oral-motor skill.)     Benefits of PLAY CD          1. Homemade Band This tune opens the jam session on a positive note! They are introduced to several instruments of a jazz or rock band.   2.  Soft, Loud, Slow, Fast Review This is a good opportunity to introduce the children to recognizing (perceiving) and creating different volumes and speeds (ie: dynamics and tempos).The four sound qualities used in music are also used in speech.   3.  Children, Come Play Benefits: Auditory attention, processing, and conceptualization.  The children experience creating “fast,” “slow,” “loud,” and “soft” music.   4.  Play and Do This Benefits: Teaches sequencing/patterning of events, ability to follow directions. Helps children with the concepts of “under,” “stop,” “get it.”   5.  Play and Pass Purpose: To foster attention, turn taking,  and sharing among friends.   6. You’ve got to Wait! (And take your turn.) Benefits: Certainly a catchy song for a topic that can be tricky   7. Three Little Sound Effects Purpose:  To encourage vocal/sound play and auditory memory   8. Play an Echo Song Benefits:   Children play instruments along with various rhythmic sequences.  This is good for auditory attention, auditory memory, coordination, and patterning   Tracks 10-15.   and   16-21: the Make you Move! and Hear and D0  (Instrument Sounds) auditory drills in action   Benefits: Auditory discrimination and connecting a sound with a meaning to be enacted. Impulse control, energy release, memory, imagination.   22. Sound-Off Purpose:  This song closes the session. Benefits: enforcing the skill of “audiation” or hearing the sounds/music in your mind( like Bingo or John Brown's Baby). Its actually a pre- 
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Margie La Bella, a music therapist and educator, began her career with the clarinet at age 9. Soon after she discovered that she could play by ear and that she liked to sing- and sing harmony! She began composing and performing in her early teens. Music has always been a “bright light” in her life: a source of joy, expression, connection and healing. She chose music therapy as a profession because she has seen the power of music and wants to share that with others’ hearts and minds.

Margie completed her music therapy internship in 1987 and promptly established the music therapy program with the children at the Leeway School where she continues to work. She has since obtained a master’s degree in special education.

Her CD series Move!Sing! Play Along and Learn! is a collection of original participation-based songs and dances designed to spark the imagination, playfulness, and language learning (expressive, receptive, and auditory/listening) of children. It is available to parents, grandparents, teachers, special education centers, therapists, music/dance/gym instructors and all those who are young at heart.

My life story: Why I am a music therapist

I was born a while ago, in a town called Shirley. It was Me, my mom and dad, and a whole street full of people related to each other. I mean that literally. I could never figure out why there was nobody to play with every Sunday afternoon, and why the street always smelled like spaghetti.

Being that I was the only kid on the block on these Sundays, I discovered some nice solitary things to do for amusement: puppets, drawing and writing stories. I liked to climb trees. And I used to contemplate deep things like how the stoplights knew the cars on the other side of the highway had stopped.

My music class was this: Once a month my school played a video of a hand puppet going up and down a xylophone like a ladder. That’s all until 4th grade.
We had a chance to sign up for instrument lessons and I took home a clarinet. I watched the forth grade band and told my mom and dad that soon I was gonna be on that stage.

Once I figured out how to tap my foot, I could count music beats and I was off. Well, my timing is still off. But, I have a great ear for figuring out melodies, harmonies and arrangements. I discovered it a few weeks after I met my clarinet. Didn’t do a thing to earn it. It was just always there and I am grateful. By the way, I found that, for the first time, I actually wanted to attend fourth grade -if it was a “music day.”

So music became my bright light: an inspiration, a motivation, a connection, a joy, an expression, a life-raft. I began to sing and play guitar and wrote quite a few songs. I had a great high-school music teacher who challenged me to write a composition for our jazz band. I ended up writing a seventeen part jazz chart called “It’s about Time” and it was played for the school twice! I was the featured trumpet soloist, (because I never got any solos in band.)

The reason I became a music therapist was because of what music did for me and my life. I wanted to give that opportunity and that tool to other people. Initially, I decided to be “the singing nurse” at age 17, but as soon as I heard about the field of music therapy, I was hooked.

In case you’re wondering, here is the current definition of music therapy according to the American Music Therapy Association:

“Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” (American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)

Not meaning to oversimplify things, I explain it this way:

Music therapy is the purposeful, scientific application of specific musical activities and experiences with the objective of accomplishing that which is….“non-musical”.

These non-musical objectives can include the furthering of expressive and receptive language development, improvement of physical (large and small muscular) coordination, self-help skills and daily living activities, emotional healing and trauma reduction, concept development and pain management. Of course the list can go on and on as music therapists work with people of all ages and all of the conditions life can bring.

The shortest definition is as thus: music therapy is reaching and teaching through music.

Please, log on to and see all that it has to offer. It is an excellent, reader friendly, informative site.

This is a good time to officially note that though these songs were written by a music therapist for music therapy aims, that they themselves in no way constitute a plug-in music therapist!! ( As a clinician, I use the series when I’m feeling under the weather, have bad allergies, or laryngitis…) Each CD can foster fun times, language and conceptual learning, problem solving, creative thought and bonding with friends!

I hope you can use these CDs and enjoy them with your own special people!


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