Music Therapy Songs

Do you have a child with special needs?

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Try “Music Therapy Songs for Special Kids,” a READY TO USE 30 minute music session designed especially for kids with special needs!

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“I found the overall concept of this resource exciting, not only as a means of facilitating more meaningful musical engagement when a registered music therapist may not be available, but also as an excellent opportunity to spread further awareness of our profession (music therapy) in a very approachable way” – NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY – Album Review, Issue 14, 2016

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About the Songs

Each song focuses on a single goal. The lyrical simplicity and musical accompaniment have been composed to ensure an engaging experience for the listener. It covers 6 main themes: greetings, movement, instrument playing, anticipation, educational and vocalisation.

Greetings: Tracks 1 & 14 are hello and goodbye songs which act as reminders that the music session is starting or ending.

Motor Skills: Tracks 2 to 6 encourage motor skills. “Clap your Hands” is a clapping song. “Finger Dance” lets you wiggle your fingers. “Friends Forever is the time to dance and boogie. “Elephant Stomp” encourages you to stomp like an elephant. “Sway your Arms” is a chance to sway along with the music.

Instrument Playing: Tracks 7 and 9 encourage accessible instrument playing. Play your bells along with “Shake Your Bells” and click and clack your castanet along with “Castanet o Castanet”.

Anticipation: Track 8, “I am a crocodile is an anticipation song. Hold out your arms like the jaws of a crocodile and build up to the SNAP at the end of the verse.

Educational: Tracks 11 and 13 are educational songs providing fresh takes on alphabet and counting songs.

Vocalisation: Tracks 10 & 12 are vocalisation songs “Monkey Monkey” and “The Family Song” provide the opportunity to encourage intentional vocalisation of vowel sounds and first words.

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About the Recording

All songs have been composed by Ahjay Stelino. All songs were recorded, mixed and mastered by Ahjay Stelino at Stelino Studios, Auckland, New Zealand. Copyright 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Album Review

09 Jun 2015 // A review from Muzic.net.nz

It’s not often my two jobs overlap, by night I am a music photographer and reviewer and by day I am an early intervention teacher, supporting preschool children with disabilities in their early education.  So I was quite excited to be asked to review Ahjay Stelino’s Music Therapy Songs for Special Kids.

A registered music therapist, Ahjay has a string of relevant qualifications, accolades and experiences. The songs on this album are musically enticing, catchy and I’d imagine quite irresistible to the wee ones. The learning focuses included in this album are woven comprehensively through it. Children are encouraged through fun lyrics and tempos to engage in fine and gross motor activities for physical development. Specific sounds and mouth movements are also promoted by songs on the album (The Family Song is a great example). These activities are easily adapted to the level of the individual child. There is also plenty of opportunity for children to engage musically with these songs by playing drums and shaking bells and maracas, as the beats are overt and groovy. It’s difficult not to bop your head to this album.

I can see how these songs can be utilised with small and large groups as well as one on one. These songs are great tools for encouraging children to contribute and participate, engage socially with others and explore movement.

I can see many ways in which I will use Music Therapy Songs for Special Kids in my work as an early intervention teacher. I also would have found it useful for mat time when I was working as an early childhood teacher.

This album has been well thought out, using aural cues with the first and last songs so children can predict what is about to happen as they become more familiar with the routine.

I’m going to go right on ahead and assure you that this album is not one of those kids’ albums that you will end up hiding from your children. It is an album consisting of genuine music with purpose. The feel of this album reminds me of Ziggy Marley’s Family Time. It’s enjoyable to listen to as an adult, and this is important!

This fantastic album deserves a place in every parent’s box of tricks. As a therapeutic album, Music Therapy Songs for Special Kids hits the spot. It reaches out and touches on a range of curriculum areas and pulls the listener in to participating in a super fun way. Plus, it’s a wonderful listen, and isn’t that the most important thing? I foresee lots of happy giggles accompanying these songs being played!

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