Melodic Approaches

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Even though Christmas is just around the corner, I am still creating new songs and visuals for my students.  One of my co-workers remarked today, as I was standing by the laminater, "why are you making something new! We only have 2 days left this week."  At that moment I realized, as I was commenting on her question that making new and exciting visuals for my students is more like a hobby than a job.  I LOVE creating new songs and visuals.  Yes, I know I have a huge box of music therapy strategies for the month of December I could have pulled from . However,  none of them "spoke" to me this year.

 So, I decided to add a few new strategies to my repertoire. One of the strategies that worked great with all my groups was a parachute game.  I used Martina McBrides version of "Let it Snow" put cotton balls in the middle of the parachute and "made it snow."  We found it to be quite the challenge to keep all the "snowflakes" in the parachute.  What a great way for our kids to work together to get a job done. 

Another fun activity we did this week was putting cut out snowflakes in an 8 pattern on the floor.  I sang "Walkin in a Winter Wonderland" as the students used a reciprocal pattern to walk from one snowflake to another.  We even mixed it up and tried jumping, hoping, and stomping through our winter wonderland.

Finally, I added a new color song this year.  Rudolph!! Rudolph!!  I found this cute little poem on pinterest and thought Hey,  this would be a great song!!  I used the  piggyback tune "Twinkle Twinkle"  found some clipart on google, drew a few circles and shazam we have a new strategy.  Please email @ if you would like the visual.  I would be more than happy to share it.  Just put "visual for Rudolph" in the subject line.

Here is the Poem/song I used!!  Enjoy!!
Tune of
Twinkle Twinkle

Rudolph! Rudolph!

What will you do?

You can’t guide Santa

If your nose is blue!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

You’re such a silly fellow!

Who will know it’s you

If your nose is yellow!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

Your way cannot be seen

Through the wintry weather

If your nose is green!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

Santa gave a wink.

But what will Santa think

If your nose is pink!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

It’s time to fly at night.

But you’re quite a sight

Cause your nose is white!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

It’s time to go to town.

But Santa’s wearing a frown

Cause your nose is brown!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

Santa has his sack.

But you’re not ready

If your nose is black!

Rudolph! Rudolph!

The children are in bed.

And now I know you’re ready

Cause your nose is red!

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