Instrument Exploration Videos and Experiences

We love this experience so much because there is a built-in rhythm in the song of spelling out the word 'family,' and because the main message of this song is "I'm so glad you're in my family!" This is a great experience to use during this time of the year with Thanksgiving and holidays coming up next month.  We touch on multiple developmental goal areas in this experience, such as cognition, language/communication, gross motor development and cultivating social/emotional skills.  By encouraging our kiddos to clap out a rhythm focusing on a specific word (i.e. 'family'), we're working on memory recall, counting, sequencing, lyric anticipation, crossing the median, hand-eye coordination, and visual and auditory letter recognition, while also using this song experience as a self regulation tool (due to the high gross motor impact and repetition) to continue to help the student achieve success.

This interactive musical experience focuses on receptive language, cognitive skills, social/emotional skills, and motor skills.  We're going to focus on these age-appropriate cognitive skills through "Music In My Heart":

- Following directions (stopping)

- Counting 1 through 5

- Auditory awareness (speed and volume)

- Following patterns

- Processing in real time

This Shake & Stop experience, written by the incomparable Ella Jenkins, offers another chance for our friends to join in on a music game that focuses on motor function and cognitive awareness, all while increasing the tempo with every repetition to create a fun-focused experience for all involved (although our experiences are always fun-focused!)

"Shake, Shake, Shake and Stop" is a short orginial interactive instrument experience that we use in almost every performance and class.  Although short, it works on a wide range of goal areas:

- Following directions (stop and go)

- Impulse control

- Self regulation with high affect experience

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