Hi and welcome to music therapy tunes! You’ll be glad you came!
On this site you’ll find quality songs for teaching kids of all ages - from toddlers to teens.
There are music therapy songs to teach language skills, social skills, and conceptual skills. The tracks are filled with songs for following directions, music for teaching auditory and listening skills. There’s quality children’s music for parents, grandparents, music for educators, education, OT and PT, dance teachers, gym teachers, there’s music for special education and …the children of course! You can test it out (listen) on the music page. More info at the bottom of this section.
The music therapy lessons plans page is for anyone curious to learn about and employ music therapy activities for children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. I tried to include activities for parents of special needs children to try at home as well as student and professional therapists. Please send in your own ideas and we can work toward a music therapy data base. Included are lyrics, chords, and solfege. Solfege is not necessary because lots of melodies to songs can be found on google or youtube.
The lesson plans page contains the music therapy song lyrics and chords for each track on my CDs. Benefits of each song, additional uses and adaptations are written out as well. You can see how many songs have a vocal and a motor component, so that every child can join in.
The music therapy blog page has useful info for parents, teachers, student music therapists and professionals. I’ll put new ones up as I can. Current topics include: how to write a good song (song writing for parents and teachers), how movement impacts learning (whole brain learning through music) and more.
I’m also interested in topics you’d find helpful there.
I hope to get some music therapy videos up soon. There’s also FREE quality music therapy songs on the Music page.
FYI: many songs address objectives related to music therapy and autism, motor skills, speech and language delays, apraxia, down’s syndrome, PDD, ADD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, behavioral disorders. (I welcome you to send in music therapy lesson plans and activities for pain management, childbirth, adolescent and adult pysch, traumatic brain injury, geriatrics and more.)
Music therapy tunes reviews:
Music therapist and special educator Margaret La Bella presents Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!, a set of five music CDs for children of all ages, meant to do more than just entertain. Drawing upon pop, jazz, folk, rap, swing, reggae and more styles from around the world, this series encourages children to participate, promoting their development through interaction. "Sing!" consists of action-packed songs with words and simple sentences that children can voice, promoting speech and auditory skills. "Play!" includes songs about movement, body percussion, and the use of simple rhythm instruments, encouraging children to develop their motor and rhythm skills. "Move!" features plenty of action-driven songs about following directions and learning simple physical and motion concepts. "Mixing It Up!" blends singing, movement, body percussion, and the use of simple rhythm instruments into a joyful, interactive whole. And "Sampler" collects two songs from each of the previous four albums into an eclectic medley. The entire series is a choice pick for elementary school libraries, parents, babysitters, and children's parties.
- Jim Cox at Midwest Book Review
Margie is an excellent writer of children’s songs, is a caring performer, with a very “kid friendly” sensitivity. - - Anna Epstein Kravis, nationally know children’s performer and recording artist.
“My children love them. They keep playing it over and over. Even my two-year-old knows all the words.!”
- Patricia F. Teacher and mother of two
“It integrates well with the general music curriculum, and works great with the inclusion kids. My students ask for it every lesson!” “I keep it in my emergency substitute kit.”
- Carole Pearce, MS Music Ed.
Also: The Film Advisory Board is pleased to announce that the Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn! series has been honored with the Award of Excellence tribute. Rhythm is the pulse of life by which all matter thrives. Music Therapy Tunes has taken this understanding to heart and packaged a collection of lively and lovely tunes about…. creatures and animals, anatomy and notable elements that children respond to with sound and movements. These cognitive steps are essential to understand the world around them… what makes this wonderful CD (series) so special is the talent and style that is the trademark of Music Therapy Tunes.