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ideas More Than Major for Minors Elizabeth K. Schwartz, LCAT, MT-BC Alternatives for Children in Suffolk County Long Island, New York

Behavior Observation The child will: name and identify body parts through singing lyrics. ‣ and following musical gestures. participate in song that explores concept of self. ‣ Materials Resonator bells or metalophone ‣ A-E tone bars (for adaptations) ‣

Description It is no surprise to those of us working in early childhood music therapy that young children have complex emotional lives. One way to provide interventions that reflect and respect that complexity is to use a full breadth of musical material that includes modes as well as scales other than diatonic. While the majority of songs familiar to early childhood professionals in the United States (Humpal, 1998) are diatonic, expanding music therapy repetoire to incorporate melodies built on varying modes and scales can bring a depth of musical and emotional experience that goes beyond If You’re Happy and You Know It. The use of modes in early childhood music is supported by the work of Edwin Gordon and Carl Orff and reinforced in the music therapy field by Nordoff and Robbins in Creative Music Therapy. The following examples suggest two very different emotional moods shaped by using two differing scales.

Directions 1. Introduce song with A and E resonator bells or metallophone played as an ostinato. 2. Sing through song, modeling gestures of touching identified body parts. 3. Tap chest lightly three times on the lyrics “me, me, me.” Adaptations Assist children with body gestures if necessary. ‣ Use A-E tone bars played so that children can feel ‣ vibration on named body part.

All of This Is Me This songs uses the natural minor scale in a melody in which children not only identify the parts of their body that make up “me” but also create a thoughtful space for understanding the larger concept of “me.” Goals ‣ ‣

To learn about body parts To learn about the concept of self

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Listen to All of This is Me Recorded 2010 by Elizabeth K. Schwartz


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