You Can Strum Too

by Rachel on April 30, 2012

You Can Strum Too

For most of my students, the guitar is an object of fascination. They want to hear it, touch it, and most of all, they want to play it. But as much as many of them want to strum those strings, there’s usually a bit of apprehension before they go for it.

During a music therapy session last week, I found myself really wishing I had a fun and inviting tune to help acclimate that particular student to strumming the guitar. Luckily, now I do!


In the song, I mention several different ways to strum: with your fingers, with a pick, up and down. I also sing about joining in “loud and strong” because lots of my kiddos have a tendency to barely graze the strings, which results in almost no sound at all.

The guitar is essential to most of my music therapy sessions, and I always want to ensure that it does not become a barrier between my student and myself. How do you introduce the guitar to your kiddos and help them feel comfortable strummin’ away?



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Emily Sevcik May 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

I really like this song! Good job!

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Sarah May 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm

My kiddos use an over-sized guitar pick to take turns strumming during the Goodbye song. They practice responding to the closing verbally or with a wave and passing the pick to their peer. The vibrations also provide great sensory!

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