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Listen and Learn Music: Stop, Think and Do

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stop, Think and Do

The teachers at my school often ask me to write very specific songs to enhance their classroom lessons.  After all, my job as a music therapist is to support each classroom's progress toward established goals and objectives.  Last month I was asked to write a song featuring the phrase "stop, think and do".  This is a motto in our classroom for students with behavioral issues; they are encouraged to go through this process in any situation which could possibly result in making a bad decision.

I wanted this song to be an interactive experience for the students; not only does it remind them to follow those three steps, but I also provide opportunities to share situations in which the process was successful for them.  I'll explain further after you have a chance to listen and read the lyrics:

<a href="http://listenandlearn.bandcamp.com/track/stop-think-and-do">Stop, Think and Do by Listen &amp; Learn Music</a>

Well there are three little words I wanna say to you:
Stop, think and do.
Before you take action, every time, it’s true,
Stop, think and do.
Stop moving and pause, and think it through,
And then you can do (doot-do-doot-do).

When you’re angry, you need to make a good choice.
Stop, think and do.
When you’re angry, you need to use your voice.
Stop, think and do.

CHORUS

When you’re upset, you need to make a good choice.
Stop, think and do.
When you’re upset, you need to use your voice.
Stop, think and do.

CHORUS

When you’re hurting, you need to make a good choice.
Stop, think and do.
When you’re hurting, you need to use your voice.
Stop, think and do.

CHORUS

Situations in which a student is feeling angry, upset, or hurt are the most important times to "stop, think and do".  After each verse, I invite the class to share a time when they felt that particular emotion, followed he steps, and made a good decision.  This is a group of students that love to talk, so I give them plenty of time to do so in a structured manner.  (We begin each music therapy session with "Share Something Positive" and wrap it up with "Compliments" just before the goodbye song.)

I think turning these types of phrases into songs increases their effectiveness, especially if children listen to and sing them on a regular basis.  Do you have any phrases similar to "stop, think, and do" that are frequently used in your classroom, therapy sessions, or your own home?  It just might be my next song topic - so please share!

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1 Comments:

At June 13, 2010 at 6:19 PM , Blogger Tricia said...

I am off for the summer as a classroom teacher, but i am traveling the area day care centers as a music specialist and would love the chords to "Shakers Up High" and "jingle Joe". Thanks in advance. I think you rock! Thanks for all you do... you are affecting kids all over the map because of your willingness to share through cyberspace!!

Warmly
Tricia

 

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